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Laughs amid the make-up in the HLT castroom (Photo: David Marks).

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Auditions

HLT AUDITIONS

 

THE PERFECT MURDER

A Black thriller based on the novel by Peter James

Adapted by Shaun McKenna

Directed by Nathan Hey.

Auditions: Saturday, February 27, at 11am

What To Prepare For Auditions

Please read the play in full and prepare for the following scenes.

Victor: Act 1 Scene 1 and 2

Joan: Act 1 Scene 2 and Act 2 Scene 1

Kamila: Act 1 Scene 1 and 5

Don: Act 2 Scene 1

Det. Roy Grace: Act 1 Scene 5

Remember that the play is set in the UK so you will need to at least attempt an accent. Any questions, please email the director: hu@macleans.school.nz

About The Play

Victor and his wife Joan have been married for a long time. But their marriage has reached crisis point and Victor decides there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever… but he’s about to get a nasty surprise. As Detective Roy Grace starts to investigate, dark forces intervene and nothing is quite as it seems. This play has lots of emotionally charged scenes for all the characters as well as light comic moments. It is a play that offers challenges for all roles. It is a great play in need of a great cast.

About The Director: Nathan Hey
I am very excited about this production. It is an unique story with lots of twists that will keep the audience guessing. I have directed in both theatre and short film as well as been involved in set design, art departments and editing. This will be my second direction at Howick Little Theatre, having directed 4000 Miles previously. I like to create a fun working environment where actors are able to be creative, work as a team, and enjoy working hard to make a show we’re proud of.

Scripts

Perusal scripts are available from the office, 534-1401 or info@hlt.org.nz

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and on Sundays at 2pm.

A readthrough will be held on Saturday, March 13, with rehearsals starting on Easter Sunday.

Performances start/finish: Saturday, May 7th to Saturday, May 28th: approx. 16 performances.

It is expected that you attend all rehearsals and of course performances!

 

CHARACTER BRIEF

(All ages are guidelines only. The play is set in England so actors will need to attempt a UK accent of some sort. There is a possibility I may move to New Zealand)

Victor Smiley (50-60 years): Victor is an IT Manager who is married to Joan, but spends all this available time with his Croatian prostitute, Kamila. Victor has a secret passion, planning the perfect murder of his wife, so that he can escape with Kamila. He drives Joan to having an affair of her own. But all of his planning does not go as he expects.

Joan Smiley (40-50): Married to Victor, Joan is still trying to save their dying marriage. However, Victor’s constant bitterness drives her to the arms of Don. This works well until one fateful encounter when it all comes to a head with Victor. It is a great role full of wit and emotion.

Kamila Walcak (18-24): Kamila is an attractive Croatian prostitute stuck in the Kitten Parlour. Under the strict management, she develops a relationship with Victor in the hopes of escaping the job. But there is more to her than meets the eye. She has a special but horrible gift. A gift that Detective Grace is keen to use. To feel the presence of the departed by being in contact with their belongings. It is a fantastic role that will be both fun and emotionally charged. I am open to Kamila being of a different nationality to Croatian. But the role requires a heavy accent that limits her interactions and understanding with the other characters. The actress must be comfortable with Kamila’s sensuality, but no nudity is required and I want you to be comfortable on stage, so costumes will be discussed with you.

Don Kirk (45-55): Don Kirk is Joan’s lover and accomplice in the ‘demise’ of Victor. The dashing knight that rescues Joan. Fun and full of jokes, Don is an enjoyable lively character who breathes some great comedy and one-liners into the dark thriller. Physically fit and well-built is preferable but not necessary.   

Detective Constable Roy Grace (24-32): Roy Grace is an up and coming homicide detective who wants to earn a name for himself. Approaching Kamila for help with locating a dead body, he employs her to consult on a case from time to time. He is aware of the spiritual world but is not privy to it. I am looking for a heartfelt performance to get this crucial character some depth in build up to the final scene.

Crave

A drama by Sarah Kane

Directed by Alex Gleed and produced by the HLT Studio

Auditions: Saturday, 20th February at 11am

What to Prepare For Auditions

The auditions will take place in the form of a workshop where you will be participating in a number of exercises and group activities. Due to the nature and form of the play, it is especially essential that the cast are able to work as a strong, unified team.

Please read the play in full and become familiar with it. We will be working closely with the script at the auditions.

All people auditioning are strongly encouraged to watch the following YouTube videos in preparation for the audition;

Please wear clothes that you feel comfortable moving in.

About The Play

Set in an unnamed city from which voices and images spring, Crave charts the disintegration of a human mind under the pressures of love, loss and desire.

Crave is a poetic drama in which four speakers, two men and two women named A, B, C and M respectively, muse on the turmoil of loss and desire. Crave is devoid of stage directions or descriptions of characters - the sex and gender of the four characters is only identifiable from context within the play. The play achieves a careful balance between sparse dialogue, often directed at the audience, and lengthy monologues. It takes a non-linear approach and is one of Sarah Kane's most lyrical works.

CHARACTER BRIEF

There are no specific age, size or ethnic requirements for any of the four characters in the play. Anyone is welcome to audition for any role depending on your gender.

C - Female

M - Female

B - Male

A - Male

Scripts

To obtain a script, please email the director, Alex Gleed at alex.gleed@outlook.com

  • Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and on Sundays at 2pm.
  • Read through Sunday 13th March.
  • First rehearsal Sunday 20th March.
  • Season: June 1-4 , 8pm. Matinee: June 4, 2pm

About The Director: Alex Gleed

Alex has been immersed in theatre since he joined the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre in 2001 as a child. Since then he has been involved in almost 40 productions as an actor, director or otherwise. He has previously directed a number of productions for the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre, and is currently directing Howick Little Theatre’s first main house production of 2016; Central Otago Man. He is on the HLT Studio committee, and as a part of their 2015 season, his very own play The Leaf Jar was performed for the first time.

He has been a strong admirer of Sarah Kane and her writing for a number of years, and is extremely excited and honoured to be bringing Crave to the Howick stage.

For further information, Alex can be contacted on 022 187 9903 or email alex.gleed@outlook.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch this space for details of our remaining three main-slot and one Studio auditions for 2016.