Auditions

Please scroll down for any other scheduled auditions. All roles are non-union and non-paid. A link to an audition form is at the bottom. One audition is scheduled at this time.

 Audition Notices

All auditions take place at Spotlight Theatre, 129 Park Ave, Swarthmore, PA.

The Front Page

Sunday, July 8th and Monday, July 9th at 7 pm 

(callbacks on 7/10, 11, 12 or 15 – not decided yet)

The Front Page LogoThe Front Page
By Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur

Directed by Kathy Quinn

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

Show Dates: November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 2018

Director Kathy Quinn seeks 13 men and 5 women for a November 30-December 15, 2018 production of the American comedy classic, The Front Page, by Hecht and MacArthur, at Spotlight Theatre in Swarthmore, PA. Auditions will be held July 8th and 9th, 7:00 pm at the theatre. Come prepared with a 2-3 minute contemporary monologue that best showcases your comedic skills. Contact quinnee.kq@gmail.com for an appointment time.

The Front Page was first performed on Broadway in 1928. It is set in the Chicago City Hall press room, where cynical tabloid reporters are waiting to get the “scoop” on the scheduled execution of a prisoner who has been framed by a corrupt mayor. There is fast-paced, physical action and brisk dialogue throughout. Actors will be required to move nimbly onstage. The show has sensitive content, so it’s a good idea to read the script before auditioning (Director can send a PDF or look for “Sixteen Famous American Plays” by Bennett Cerf, available in libraries).

Show dates: 11/30/2018 – 12/15/2018 (7 performances, one matinee)

Tech week: 11/25/2018 – 11/28/2018 (Tech Sunday is on the weekend of Thanksgiving)

Open Roles:

Hildy Johnson (M, 30’s): charming, quick-witted star reporter for the Herald Examiner. He’s torn between the prospect of comfortable married life and the excitement of the newspaper biz.

Walter Burns (M, 50’s): Hildy’s scheming, arrogant boss. He will stop at nothing to get the story, and he’s trying to keep Hildy from quitting the Examiner.

Peggy Grant (F, 20’s): Hildy’s fiance, a pretty socialite whose uncle is bankrolling Hildy’s future

Mrs. Grant (F, 40’s-50’s): Peggy’s formidable mother

Bensinger (M or F, 30’s-40’s): One of the pressroom reporters; a poet and a germaphobe

McCue, Endicott, Schwartz, Wilson, Murphy, Kruger (M, various ages): Pressroom reporters, a fast-talking, poker-playing, cynical crew; Kruger annoys with his banjo playing

Diamond Louie (M, 20’s-50’s): a small-time thug working for Walter Burns

Woodenshoes Eichorn (M, 40’s-60’s): a well-meaning but incompetent police officer (German accent)

Earl Williams (M, 30’s-40’s): the prisoner; a mild-mannered, small-framed man (he is hidden in a desk for a portion of the play), branded a Communist sympathizer. He seems most unlikely to be guilty of murder. May be played by a female actor. Will be doubled with the role of Mr. Pincus, a hapless messenger

Mollie Malloy (F, 20’s-30’s): a “North Clark Street tart” who is sweet on Earl Williams and comes to his aid.

Mayor (M, 50’s-60’s): a lying, pompous bamboozler

Sheriff Hartmann (M, 40’s-60’s): The mayor’s sycophantic sidekick

Jennie/Mrs. Schlosser: (F, 30’s-50’s) a good-natured cleaning lady/a disgruntled spouse (doubled role)

 

Audition Form Link

TO SAVE TIME: Please print a copy of the audition form from the link above, complete it (please add name of show) and bring it with you to the audition. (Copies will be available at auditions for those who are unable to print it from the website.)

For more information call 610-328-1079 or email spotlighttheatrepa@gmail.com