CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
By Christopher Sergel
Adapted from the book by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Director: John Williams
Stage Manager: Kathy Ellis
Wednesday, January 25th @ 6:30 pm
Sunday, January 29th @ 3:00pm.
Call-backs (if needed) will be held on Tuesday, January 31st @ 6:30pm.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Suppose you're an attractive high school girl and you?re not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides to apply his unorthodox methods to you and the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and, admittedly, extremely effective! To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school - especially to the boys! His techniques lead to situations which are often uproarious, but dad has a secret which the children don?t understand. Anne, the oldest, rebels and dad is left to patch the rift.
Rehearsal Schedule (tentative): Sunday afternoons, Tuesday evenings, Wednesday evenings. Not all cast members will be called to every rehearsal, and we will try to dismiss the younger kids early on weeknights.
Performance Dates: April 21, 22, 28, 29 @ 8pm; April 23, 30 @ 2pm.
Location for Auditions and Performances:
Applewild School - Alumni Center for the Performing Arts - 98 Prospect Street, Fitchburg, MA
Cast of characters:
Mr. Gilbreth - father - age 40-50
Mrs. Gilbreth - mother - age 40-50
Anne - daughter - age 16-17
Ernestine - daughter (also co-narrator) - age 15-16
Martha - daughter - age 14-15
Frank - son (also co-narrator) - age 13-14
Bill - son - age 12-13
Lillian - daughter - age 9-12
Fred - son - age 9-12
Dan - son - age 8-11
Jackie - son - age 8-11
Mrs. Fitzgerald - the housekeeper - age 20+
Dr. Burton - the family doctor - age 30+
Miss Brill - a teacher who has no love for the children - age 30+
Joe Scales - a cheerleader, somewhat cocky - age 16-17
Larry - a nice, clean-cut boy from school - age 16-17
All roles are open, and age ranges are approximate, especially with the younger children. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please arrive early to fill out our audition form, or you can complete the form in advance and bring it with you .
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How do I know what the play is about?
You can usually find scripts at your local library. You may also go to www.cwmars.org to check your local library's catalog.
I’m a little older than the casting requirement, can I still audition?
Yes, you can still audition. Ages are flexible, at the director’s discretion. A play is a group undertaking and the director will decide the best complement of actors for the play.
What are auditions like?
Auditions are open, with no appointment necessary. But, it is best to arrive as close to the stated start time, as the director will welcome you and talk about the play and the cast needed. You will usually read excerpts of the director’s choosing. Monologues not generally necessary, unless stated in the audition notice. You will generally get to read several excerpts, possibly of different characters, not necessarily the character you’re auditioning for.
I really want to audition, but I’m unavailable both times, what can I do?
Let us know. On rare occasions, the director may set up a pre-arranged time for you to audition.
Do I have to be a member to audition?
No, auditions are open for all.
Do I have to become a member if I am cast in the play?
No, but chances are that someone will speak to you about the advantages of membership.
When are the rehearsals?
Rehearsals are typically three days a week, usually two evenings and one weekend day, Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon or evening. The director will poll the cast for those times when everyone is available. (There may be extra rehearsals during production week.)
I still have some questions, who should I e-mail?