The Play is the Thing!
Auditions will be held on July 15, 17 and 18 from 7-10 pm at Homestead Hall, located at 821 Homestead Road in Jenkintown PA. There is ample parking on sight and the theatre is located 1/2 block from the RT 55 bus, or a 10 minute walk from the Jenkintown/Wyncote train station.
While all roles in Mrs. Harrison have already been cast, all other roles in the other plays are open. Actors of all ethnicities, identities, and abilities are encouraged to apply. PBTC is committed to presenting diverse ensembles in every production--on stage and off.
As always, we ask that you MEMORIZE a 2-minute monologue that shows us who you are or who you want to be as an actor. We want to see you. Pulley & Buttonhole believes strongly that our company should reflect the wide world. We encourage actors of all ethnicities, identities, sizes, abilities and experience to audition.
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10 and Sunday afternoons from 2-6. Due to the tight rehearsal schedule, we ask that you not have any other conflicting rehearsals. Leading Ladies will begin rehearsing in January, and runs the last 2 weekends of February. Noises Off begins rehearsing at the end of March and opens in early May.
Synopses and character information for each of the the Mainstage plays are below. This information was submitted by the directors or playwrights for each production. For questions or accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company is an all volunteer organization.
by Caroline Gage
Directed by Bridget Reilly Beauchamp, Music Direction by Zanna Yoshida
Actors auditioning for Leading Ladies should prepare a short musical selection to be sung a cappella.
Leading Ladies is a sparkling all-women cabaret musical incorporating seven separate historical vignettes onto a single set, a backstage dressing room.
At the opening of the play, Mary, a young actor tortured by doubts about her ability, debates whether or not she should abandon her career in “The Voice of My Critics.” The dressing room comes alive with ghosts of famous women actors, and one by one they reenact critical moments in their own careers, when they had to confront fear and doubt:
SARAH SIDDONS, fired from Drury Lane, realizes her meteoric rise to fame was only the payoff for David Garrick’s sexual exploitation of her. She resolves to play the provinces until she can make it back to London by herself. She belts out “When the Show Is Over,” the strip song to end all strip songs.
CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN, laughed off the stage for being fat, determines not to give in to humiliation with her inspirational “Audience of One.”
ELEANORA DUSE, pregnant and abandoned by her lover at the time of her big theatre break, pulls herself together so the show can go on. The Stage Manager joins her for a theatrical soft-shoe duet, “Improvise!”
SARAH BERNHARDT, rejected by French audiences who have not forgiven her for deserting the national theatre, turns the tables on Bastille Day at the Paris Opera. Thumbing her nose at traditional proprieties, she sings, “I Know What Pleases the People,” a song which gives her the opportunity to reprise a half dozen of her best on-stage dying effects.
MINNIE FISKE, the longest holdout against the notorious Syndicate, rallies her troupe to give up their New York run when she learns that the theatre where they are playing is “all sold out.” Her loyal company joins her in the gospel stomp, “All Sold Out” - but not before their rambunctious rendition in three-part Sweet-Adeline harmony of “An Actress Needs a Home.”
LAURETTE TAYLOR, after fifteen years without work, overcomes the stigma of alcoholism to stage a risky comeback in an unknown vehicle --- The Glass Menagerie. Putting on “a little more rouge to hide all the blue,” she sings a compelling torch song to “The Old Ingenue.”
Finally, Mary, with the help of the crusty stage manager and the feisty older actor Edith, reaches a resolution to her dilemma: She will stay.
A note about the music: The fourteen musical numbers run the gamut from bump-and-grind to gospel stomp, from three-part harmonies to piano bar blues. Cabaret numbers with the emphasis on entertainment.
More info can be found at: https://carolyngage.weebly.com/leading-ladies.html
by Michael Frayn
Directed by Josh Keiter
Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
DOTTY OTLEY - A late-middle-aged actress. Plays Mrs. Clackett, the housekeeper for the Brents' home in England in Nothing's On.
LLOYD DALLAS - The director of a play-within-the-play, called Nothing's On.
GARRY LEJEUNE - A stuttering actor, easily fired up. Plays Roger, the estate agent looking to let the Brent's house in Nothing's On.
BROOKE ASHTON - A young inexperienced actress from London. Plays Vicki, who works for the tax authorities and is trying to woo Roger in Nothing's On.
POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR - Assistant Stage Manager.
FREDERICK FELLOWES - Has a serious fear of violence and blood. Plays Phillip Brent, who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes and is on a secret visit in Nothing's On.
BELINDA BLAIR - Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress. Plays Flavia, Philip Brent's wife, who is dependable, though not one for household duties in Nothing's On.
TIM ALLGOOD - An over-worked Stage Manager.
SELSDON MOWBRAY - Elderly and with actorly mannerisms. Plays Selsdon, a burglar and an old man in his seventies, breaking into the Brents' house in Nothing's On.Nothing's On.
821 Homestead Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046