New Jersey Stage

Sunday, February 27, 2011

4th Wall Theatre will hold open auditions for all roles in its 2010-2011 season finale: A Man of No Importance


Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a book by Terrence McNally, and based on the film starring Albert Finney, A Man of No Importance tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a closeted bus conductor and Oscar Wilde devotee, in 1964 Dublin. As he leads his amateur theatre troupe toward a production of Wilde’s Salome at the local church, he struggles to find acceptance, not only from his sister, co-workers, the church and world-at-large, but within himself.



Directed by 4th Wall Artistic Director, Kate Swan. Musical Direction by Markus Hauck.



A Man of No Importance will be staged at The Westminster Arts Center (WAC), corner of Franklin and Fremont Streets (449 Franklin St) in Bloomfield, NJ, where the company is in residence.



Auditions: Monday and Tuesday, March 28 and 29 at 7:00 pm at WAC.

Sign up starts at 6:30 pm. Those auditioning must sign-in by 8:00 pm.



Callbacks: Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 pm.



Actors should prepare a song that best shows off their range and ability to tell a story. An accompanist will be provided. Sides will be available at the auditions. Ages 18-60s are encouraged to audition and must be able to learn an Irish accent. All roles are open. Please bring a headshot and resume (if available) stapled together.



Rehearsals will begin the last week of April and the production opens June 3, and runs 3 weekends. Non-union, small stipend paid.



www.4thwalltheatre.org





Cast Breakdown

ALL cast members must be able to learn an Irish accent. The Ensemble is full of well-defined featured parts, and its members will be very involved in the telling of Alfie’s story as a sort of Greek chorus. Seeking one male or female Irish folk or step dancer for a small feature during “Our Father.”


MEN



ALFIE BYRNE (Baritone, 40 - 50)

A middle-aged Dublin bus conductor and closeted gay director of an amateur theatrical troupe, the St. Imelda’s Players.



ROBBIE (Tenor, 21 - 35)

The handsome, young bus driver Alfie begins to fall in love with.



CARNEY (Baritone, 45 - 60)

The butcher, Lily’s boyfriend, and one of St. Imelda’s prominent actors until he reports Alfie to the church sodality for putting on an "obscene" play. Might also play Oscar Wilde (see below).



OSCAR WILDE (40-46)

The famous Irish, 19th century playwright, novelist, and poet who haunts Alfie Byrne’s waking hours until Alfie cannot tell where Wilde ends and he begins.



JAMES MICHAEL “BALDY” O’SHEA (Baritone, 50 - 70)

Alfie’s retired friend and stage manager who takes every opportunity to poke at Alfie about St. Imelda’s rag-tag productions.



BRETON BERET (21 - 35)

A handsome, dangerous young man who tries to seduce Alfie. Ensemble.



FATHER KENNY (50 - 60)

St. Imelda’s curmudgeonly but caring priest. Ensemble.



ERNIE LALLY (30-45)

St. Imelda’s actor and propmaster who is extremely dedicated to his craft. Ensemble.



RASHER FLYNN (40-55)

Former gymnast and St. Imelda’s resident electrician. Ensemble.



SULLY O'HARA (30 - 40)

Currently unemployed, Sully has occupied his extra time by joining the St. Imelda’s Players. Ensemble.




WOMEN



LILY BYRNE (Alto, 42 - 52)

Alfie’s sister and roommate who wants nothing more than for Alfie to find a wife and move out so that she is free to marry Mr. Carney.



ADELE RICE (Soprano, 18 - 25)

A pretty young woman who has fled her hometown after becoming pregnant out of wedlock. She meets Alfie on his bus, and he woos her into taking the leading role in Salome.



MISS CROWE (30-55)

A member of the St. Imelda’s Players, Miss Crowe has taken on the additional responsibility of costume design. Ensemble.



MRS. CURTIN (35 - 45)

Mother of nine kids, St. Imelda’s player and choreographer with a strong tendency towards tap dancing in her choreographic choices. Ensemble.



MRS. GRACE (35 - 55)

A kindly woman who recently took time off from St. Imelda’s players to tend to her ailing husband. Mrs. Grace paints watercolors. Ensemble.



MRS. PATRICK (40s)

The middle-aged married woman who is having an affair with the younger Robbie. Ensemble.