Auditions Announced for Jane Austen’s “Emma” – Adapted by Michael Bloom

 

Western Reserve Playhouse

Announces Auditions for

Michael Bloom’s adaptation of

Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Directed by Keith Stevens

 

Show Dates April 19th through May 4th, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS

A highly theatrical adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s greatest novels. Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the “matchmaker of Highbury.” Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns her to give up matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Highbury welcomes two new guests, a mysterious Jane Fairfax and the charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him. Ultimately, she decides that Frank is better suited to Harriet, but when she suggests the match, Emma is astonished to discover that Harriet has fallen for Mr. Knightly. A horrified Emma suddenly realizes she has always been in love with Mr. Knightley. In the end, all is set right as Frank reveals his secret engagement to Jane, Harriet receives a second offer from her first beau, and Mr. Knightley proposes to the deliriously happy Emma.

 

Audition Dates:

January 27th – 6pm-8pm

Jan 29th – 6:30-8:30PM

Location: 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286

 

SIGN UP AT: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EADA92AA5F85-auditions

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please bring a headshot (if you have one) and theatrical resume.

 

The cast includes the following roles:

EMMA WOODHOUSE (Not auditioning at this time) – Very pretty, accomplished, willful, highly intelligent, sophisticated, and arrogant. Although often wrong, she is always confident of being right. A clever and spoiled young woman with a strong affection for her father

HENRY WOODHOUSE – Emma’s elderly father. An expert worrier whose hypochondria is a source of continual amusement, he basks in Emma’s attentions and resists any kind of change. Although he indulges his whims, he also expresses concern for the health of others

MR GEORGE KNIGHTLEY – A close friend of the Woodhouse family. A handsome, virile, rational gentleman farmer with great judgment and tact, who acts an adviser to—and finally lover of—Emma. A man’s man

MISS TAYLOR – Emma’s former governess and the new wife of Mr. Weston

WESTON – A kindly and cheerful neighbor of the Woodhouses, and the father of Frank Churchill by an earlier marriage. Genial, generous, easy-going, and warm-hearted

PHILIP ELTON – The 26-Year-Old rector of Highberry, who is looking for the right marriage

HARRIET SMITH – A soft, amiable, and adoring orphan, easily swayed, and of a class below Emma’s. Befriended by Emma, she eventually decides to marry the man for whom she was intended

ROBERT MARTIN – A capable young farmer, in love with Harriet Smith

MISS BATES – A middle-aged spinster, kind but terribly talkative. Lives in genteel poverty with her ailing mother

JANE FAIRFAX – A beautiful and talented young woman who is visiting her aunt Miss Bates in Highberry

FRANK CHURCHILL – handsome and well-mannered son of Mr. Weston, who was raised by his aunt, and is visiting Highberry for the first time

AUGUSTA HAWKINS – the vain, and vulgar wife of Mr Elton

 

At this time, we are not auditioning for the role of Emma.

All ages are approximate, and suggest the character rather than the actor.

All roles are open to actors of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Any questions please feel free to contact, Keith Stevens at keistevens@aol.com

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