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Auditions for "Engaged"

Gilbert's Engaged

February/March 2019

Directed by Diana Burleigh.

The play that inspired Oscar Wilde!

Gilbert's typical topsy turvyness is in full play in this comedy about a young man who keeps falling in love and finds himself engaged to three women simultaneously, and tries to sort out his predicament with so many problems popping up.

A scene between 2 of the ladies is strongly reminiscent of one in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and Engaged's popularity was great in the 19th century and has lingered through the past 100 years with regular revivals.

This will be an intimate production, performed at The Knowe, in Sassifras, Act 1 in the garden and the rest in the living room of this delightful cottage.

There will be 4 afternoon performances on the 23rd and 24th of February, and on 2nd and 3rd March. A Weather Contingency availability of the 9th and 10th March is requested. There may be an additional season in Malvern, in November 2019.

Rehearsals will initially be in Blackburn South before moving to Sassafras.

Audition sessions will be held on 22nd and 25th November. Please attend one of these audition sessions.

Major roles
3 young men - one with Scottish accent
1 middle aged man
3 young ladies, 1 with Scottish accent
1 middle aged lady with Scottish accent

Minor roles
1 man of military bearing
1 young women, a maid

Plus 2 supernumeraries.

Dialogue is available to read for all roles, which will also be available at auditions. Performers from all ethnicities are welcome.

Thursday 22nd November: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday 25th November: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Auditions and rehearsals will be held at SPAAC - 20 McCracken Avenue, Blackburn South

Rehearsal / production dates
Rehearsals are expected to start for some characters in December, and a read through for the whole cast is proposed for Tuesday 4th December (full cast) and Thursday 6th December (Act 1 characters). Again, these will be rehearsed at SPAAC.
Rehearsals restart on 22nd January (Tuesdays and Thursdays) with Sundays (at Sassafras) from 3rd February. Production season is 23rd/24th February + 2nd/3rd March 2019. However,should there be a performance washout because of rain, we will reserve the weekend of 9/10th March for replacement performance(s).

A rehearsal schedule and call list will be made available near to the first rehearsal.

All roles are unpaid.


Cheviot Hill: Male lead, a youngish man (20-30s) wealthy but mean with pleasant disposition.
Belvawney: similar age or l little older, strong almost menacing personality.
Mr Symperson: Older male, genteel but impoverished.
Angus MacAlister: lowland peasant, youngish, very winning personality, needs lots of energy. NB Scottish accent required.
Major MacGillcuddy: Brief appearance at the end of Act 1. Military (over)bearing.

Belinda Treherne: 20 something, attractive, very sophisticated and smart.
Minne: 20 something, attractive, appears very naive and innocent. Sweet personality.
Mrs MacFarlane: middle aged Scottish widow. NB Scottish accent required
Maggie: peasant girl, attractive, young, NB Scottish accent required.
Parker: A maid, young attractive.

Audition Resources
** The Libretto can be viewed/downloaded by clicking this link
** Further background to the show can be found at The Gilbert and Sullivan Archives - click this link

TO BOOK AN AUDITION: Fill in an online audition form here.

If you have further questions please contact the : Auditions Co-ordinator directly.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 October 2018 14:02

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