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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Screen Plays – Hollywood’s Golden Age on Stage announces Auditions for the February production of
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The Royal Family

by George Kaufman & Edna Ferber

ROCHESTER, NY – Screen Plays - Hollywood’s Golden Age on Stage announces open auditions for its February production of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's play "The Royal Family" Performances are from Feb. 2-18. Roles of all sizes are available for men and women ages 18-75, so please come to audition!

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. with call-backs on Thursday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Anderson Alley Artists studios at 250 N. Goodman Street (entrance in the rear of the building).


About the Play: Meet the Cavendishes, the ultimate theatrical family in 1920s Manhattan (inspired by the Barrymore theatrical dynasty). Matriarch Fanny is an ailing grande dame who longs to return to the stage. Her middle-aged daughter, Julie, reigns as the biggest star on Broadway. Granddaughter Gwen is being groomed to enter the family business, though her stockbroker boyfriend can’t understand why she would want to. Also in the mix are Fanny’s ne’er-do-well son, Tony, a movie star on the run from a scorned woman and various legal scrapes; Fanny’s not-so-successful actor brother Herbert and his (mediocre) actress wife, Kitty; and others who come and go at the family’s posh East Side duplex.


CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
Fanny Cavendish: the grande dame of the Cavendish acting clan and the mother to Julie and Anthony, is a legendary actress in her seventy-second year. Her greatest desire, right up to the time of her death, is to see her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchild be successful in the legitimate theatre.


Julie Cavendish: the daughter of Fanny and sister of Anthony, is currently the most active of the Cavendish family in the theatre. She at one point decides to give up her stardom to marry an old flame and millionaire businessman Gilbert Marshall and move with him to South America, but the draw of the footlights is too strong and she never carries through with this resolve.


Anthony Cavendish: son of Fanny and brother of Julie, the member of the current Cavendish family with the most acting “gift,” has squandered it by giving into the lure of Hollywood. He is constantly in trouble, either with women he has seduced and then left or with the press hounding him about such stories.


Gwen: Julie’s daughter, is a third generation Cavendish and a promising young ingénue. However, she is torn between the stage and acting and her love for Perry Stewart. She finally marries and bears the fourth generation, Aubrey, named for his great-grandfather.


Herbert Dean: Fanny Cavendish’s brother, has faded from the spotlight as an actor and now spends most of his time trying to find a vehicle to showcase the diminishing talents of his wife, Kitty.


Kitty Dean: Herbert’s wife, was a somewhat successful actor in her youth, but, now that middle age has set in heavily, she is no longer in demand and is currently trying to find a role in vaudeville.


Oscar Wolfe: a theatrical manager and producer, spends much time with the Cavendish family, orchestrating their affairs.


Gilbert Marshall: a successful international businessman, returns to New York to persuade Julie to leave her hectic life and marry him. Although his allure is strong at points, he is never quite successful in these efforts, and never quite acceptable as a suitor of Fanny’s child.


Perry Stewart: a society scion, who is interested in many things besides the theatre, marries Gwen—but never convinces her to leave the stage.


Della: the maid. A speaking part with significant presence throughout the play.


Jo: the houseman. A speaking part with significant presence throughout the play.


Some of the following roles may be combined:
Hallboy
McDermott (a personal trainer)
Chauffeur
Another Hallboy
Gunga
Miss Peake (a nanny)

Performances will take place at The Cabaret Hall at Lyric Theater
Friday, 02/02 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 02/03 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, 2/04 – 2:00 pm Matinee
Friday, 2/09 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 2/10 - Matinee and Evening performance
Sunday, 2/11 – 2:00 pm Matinee
Friday, 02/16– 7:30 pm performance
Saturday, 02/17 – 7:30 pm Performance
Sunday, 2/18 – 2:00 pm Matinee and Strike

All character ages are indications only; actors will be cast on the basis of the age they can play, not necessarily the age they are. Actors should come to the audition with a headshot and a resume to be left with the director. Auditions will consist of readings from the play with sides provided. A prepared monologue is preferred, but not required. Everyone will be given opportunities to read for more than one role, and the experience is intended to be fun, not intimidating.

Rehearsals will begin in November on Monday-Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The play will be directed by Jean Gordon Ryon.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the script, you can contact Karen Tuccio (Producer of Screen Plays) via email at tuchie02@gmail.com or Jean Gordon Ryon (Director) via phone at 585 802-9034.


SCREEN PLAYS ~ HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE ON STAGE
What began as a love of classic Hollywood films is now a new, classical theater production company. Producer Karen Tuccio, brings more than a decade of local theater and film experience to this exciting venture. Her company will present plays from Hollywood's Golden Age that have a positive message, especially those showcasing women in the best, brightest, and most beautiful aspects of life.