Friday, Dec. 15 @ 7:00PM
Saturday, Dec. 16 @ 2:00PM
Call backs will be Sunday, Dec. 17. Time to be determined.
Directed by Ahnya Chang
When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a local hospital. They manage to persuade four friends from the local Women’s Institute to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend upon their small village in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.
Those auditioning should come prepared with a one-minute comedic monologue.
Sides will be distributed for actors to read from the show; English accents will be required for this phase of the audition.
CHRIS – 50s-70s.
The life of the party and the driving force behind the idea of stripping off for the local Women's Institute calendar. She will talk to people she doesn’t know, and has things to say to all silences and generate laughter. She is at home in crowds, holding court, being the center of attention. Brazenly confident and unafraid of controversy. Without Chris in her life, Annie would be better behaved, her life less fun. The two of them are like naughty schoolgirls. NUDITY REQUIRED.
Ideal car — Who cares, as long as it’s a cabriolet. Ideal holiday — Southern Portugal.
ANNIE - 50s-70s.
A good friend, a good wife, and an admirable member of the community. Annie will join in mischief but is more conformist and less confrontational than Chris. She has enough edge to be interesting, and enough salt not to be too sweet. She is responsible, intelligent, dependable, kind, and strong. NUDITY REQUIRED.
Ideal car — Who cares, as long as it’s reliable. Ideal holiday — Walking in English countryside.
CORA – 40s-60s.
The official organist of the Knapely Women’s Institute and a divorced single mother. Cora’s past is the most eclectic, her horizons broadened by having gone away to college. She is the joker in the pack, but never plays the fool. Her wit is deadpan. It raises laughter in others, but rarely in herself. NUDITY REQUIRED. Piano skills not required.
Ideal car — Who cares, as long as the sound system is loud. Ideal holiday — New York.
JESSIE – 50s-70s.
A former educator. Get on the right side of Jessie and she’ll be the teacher you remember for life. Get on the wrong side and you will regret every waking hour. She loves life and adventure, but is sensible and practical. She is neat, organized, and doesn’t bother with cosmetics. Her husband has been with her a long time and is rarely surprised by her actions. Jessie doesn’t hesitate in correcting others regarding their use of “apostrophe s.” NUDITY REQUIRED.
Ideal car — strange-looking European thing which is no longer manufactured. Ideal holiday — walking in Switzerland or Angkor Wat.
CELIA – 40s-60s.
A woman more at home in a department store than a church hall, she joined the Women’s Institute for the conversation and the white wine. She enjoys acquiring luxury brand goods, and is unapologetic about her spending, but she has a sense of humor about her habits and lifestyle that save her from vapid materialism. She likes comfort but is not soft—she knows how to work, and will not hesitate to make sacrifices for her friends. NUDITY REQUIRED.
Ideal car — Porsche. Ideal holiday — Maldives, where she often goes.
RUTH - 40s-60s.
Ruth is eager to please and takes pride in keeping people happy. She likes to be useful and wants to be indispensible to both her family and community, but a lack of true self-confidence prevents her from showing off her personality or having a real presence, even in her own home. She is sweet and a little sycophantic, but her friends suspect that she has more of a spine than even she knows. NUDITY REQUIRED.
Ideal car — At the start, whatever her husband wants; at the end, whatever she wants. Ideal holiday — At the start, wherever her husband is; at the end, wherever he isn’t.
MARIE – 40s-60s.
Hard and unfriendly, with a chip on her shoulder. She tried to make a life elsewhere but was unsuccessful, and now sees the Women’s Institute as the only way for her to distinguish herself. It is a trophy, which justifies her entire existence, and she is threatened by the autonomy shown by her branch members.
Ideal car — something German and well-valeted. Ideal holiday — a quasi-academic tour of somewhere in Persia that she could bring up frequently in conversation.
JOHN – 50s-70s.
Annie’s husband. A universally respected man, who has enjoyed a comfortable life, good friends, and a strong marriage. He is positive and sunny, but does everything with a wink, and is great at telling dirty jokes.
ROD - 50s-70s.
Chris's husband. You have to be a certain kind of guy to stick with Chris, and Rod loves it. He can give back what he gets, and has a deadpan humor that has always made Chris laugh. He enjoys beer and hard work.
LAWRENCE – 20s-30s.
Hesitant and a little awkward, Lawrence is a creative young man who is eager to practice his hobby and develop as a photographer. He is completely self-taught and is very serious about his craft.
LADY CRAVENSHIRE – 50s-70s.
Stately and aloof. She takes great pride in her standing in the community. She is always smartly dressed, says only what is appropriate, and favors big hats.
ELAINE - 20s-30s.
Sees the Women’s Institute as an organization for grandmothers and boring housewives. Is not disrespectful, but is a little patronizing.
LIAM – 20s-30s.
A very ambitious man, he’ll take a gig if it pays and allows him to network. His on-set demeanor is a carefully constructed character, more affecting professionalism than actually being professional. He’s probably not as talented as he thinks he is.