Western Reserve Playhouse auditions for Happy Hollandaise!

By Tim Koenig

Directed by Ian Atwood

Synopsis: All Claire Finley wants is the perfect Christmas.  She’s hired the celebrated gourmet chef Vilma Hasenpfeffer to prepare her famous Hasenpfeffer Hollandaise Sauce for her dinner guests — the new vicar and his very pregnant wife, Mary.  Unfortunately, however, the chef is late, the guests are early and there are burglars loose in the neighborhood.  To top it all off, Claire’s father has been hit on the head (with the crèche, no less!) and thinks he’s the leading man in all of the West End theatre productions of the last 30 years!  With the help of her quirky brother George, Claire tries to keep everything together as it continues to unravel in this sidesplitting British farce reminiscent of Arsenic and Old Lace.  But once the mayhem dies down and the mixed-up identities unscramble, the true Christmas spirit shines bright in a surprise ending, which involves transformation, forgiveness, and a beautiful new beginning.

Audition Dates: Sunday, September 15th 7:00pm – 9:00pm & Monday, September 16th 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Callbacks: TBD

Rehearsals: Begin Sunday, October 27th and continue Sunday through Thursday 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Performances: Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinee (December 15, 2019 at 2PM) starting Friday, December 6th – Sunday, December 22nd 

Location: Western Reserve Playhouse 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286

Audition Requirements:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before audition time slot to fill out required information and receive excerpt.
  • When possible, actors will be asked to stay to read scenes with other perspective actors.
  • Please bring all known conflicts to the auditions.
  • Please bring, if available, headshots and resumes. (supplied material may not be returned)
  • Due to the nature of this production, cast members must be 18 years of age or older.

Audition requirements:

Please prepare a one-minute monologue to share. During auditions you will be asked to read provided excerpts from the show. We will be a variety of accents in our production.

Audition and Callback:

Callbacks if necessary will include also include additional excerpts to be read from the show.  


ALL roles are open to all ethnicities. No equity contracts at this time.

Roles Available: 

Claire Finley (25-35/ Female): Impulsive and manipulative, but not malicious. Standard British accent.

George Finley (25-35/ Male): Claire’s brother; charming, but clumsy. Standard British accent.

Philip Finley (55-65/ Male): George and Claire’s eccentric Father. Standard British accent.

Vilma Hasenpfeffer (45-65/ Any): renowned German gourmet chef famous for her sauces; Also plays her twin sister HELGA. German accent.

Larry Finch (40-50/ Male): The Lone Wolf Burglar. A second-story man past his prime. Cockney accent.

Irene Quigley (18-25/ Female): Larry’s young apprentice from America. American accent.

Father William Abbott (30-40/ Male): The new vicar. Nervous about his new parish. Standard British accent.

Mary Abbott (25-35/ Female): Father Abbott’s long-suffering and very pregnant wife. Standard British accent.

Inspector Archie/Alice Abernathy (35-65/ Any): officious and by-the-book cop. Standard British accent.


Direct any questions to the Director Ian Atwood. He can be reached by email at