THE FORMBY SHOW
Written, produced and directed by Mark Jones
Auditions on Sunday 24th November 2019 at 3pm at Chorley Little Theatre
Mon 24 - Sat 29 February 2020 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre
Tuesdays (7.30-10pm), Fridays (7.30-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – a full rehearsal schedule will be issued, once the full play has been cast in November.
George Formby was one of the biggest stars of the 1930s/1940s – loved by both the Queen and Joseph Stalin. Illiterate – Beryl Formby, started as his girlfriend then became his wife, his teacher, guide and manager who drove him to success. The play starts on 16 December 1960 with George on the TV show – ‘The Friday Show’ where he recounts his life (his last TV performance before his death). This TV show will be re-created for the stage and will drive the narrative of the play as flashbacks set out the life story of George and Beryl. The play will tell the story of George but will also explore his and Beryl’s relationship and examine the other strong women (His mum and girlfriend, Pat Howson) in George’s life that led to him being the legend that he has become.
Please note the 3 main leads were, following an audition process, cast in August
– this audition is for the other supporting roles outlined below.
The Roles – Already Cast
George Formby (On the Friday Show) - Ian Edmundson
George Formby (Through the years) - Alan Levesley
Beryl Formby – Amber Tabiner
The ‘other’ roles:-
There are 11 supporting roles – some of these roles could be doubled up meaning 1 actor/actress playing several parts. There is no preparation to do before the audition. Audition pieces will be handed out on the day.
Male - Harry Scott, aged late 40s/early 50s – a personal assistant to the Formby’s for thirty years – in 4 key scenes throughout the play
Male - Basil Dean, aged 20-50 – film producer. Slick back dark hair with glasses – 2 key scenes
Male - Bert Tracy, Film Director, of George’s first film – ‘Boots, Boots. Aged 20-50 – 1 scene
Male - Actor in ‘Boots, Boots’ scene – aged 20-30 – 2 lines
Male - 1923 comedian performing his act – back to audience and in mime – aged from 20-50.
Female – Kay - Film Actress – 20-40 - 1 scene with Beryl who interrogates her and informs her of the ‘code of conduct’ when working with George.
Male - George Formby Senior – 2 scenes – 1 performing his biggest hit – ‘Standing on the corner of the street’, the other with Eliza whom he tells that their son George should never appear on the stage. Aged – 20-40.
Female - Eliza Formby – George’s mum – 2 scenes – 1 with her husband – see above, and the other informing young George that his dad has died. Aged – 20-40.
Male - John Reith – posh Director General who in 1936 banned George’s song ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’ from being played by the BBC. One scene – with Beryl arguing for the ban to be lifted. Aged 30-50.
Male - Fred Cliffe – song writer (with Harry Gifford) of most of George Formby’s songs, including ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’. One key scene – arguing with John Reith (see above) to lift the ban. Aged 30-50.
Female - Pat Howson, School teacher who George had known most of her life. Three key scenes in the second half of the play with George that highlights their growing friendship and following Beryl’s death, their engagement. Aged 20-40.
This will be Mark’s 15th production for CADOS, following on from ‘Our Town’ (2019), ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’ (2018), ‘Our House’ (2017), ‘Pals’ (2016), ‘The Final Problem’ (2015) ‘Breaking the Code’ (2014); ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ (2013), ‘Memory of Water’; ‘Oliver Twist’ (both 2011), ‘Blood Brothers’ (2010) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2007), ‘Amadeus’, ‘Half a Sixpence’ (both 2005) and ‘Great Expectations’ (2004). Mark has originally written 6 of these productions. He has also been Artistic Director of CADOS for the last 7 years.
If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact the Director – Mark Jones on - 07877 111 248
Star in this year's Panto!
Actors: Sunday 8th September - 10am
Dancers: Sunday 22nd September - 10am
Production Dates: Friday 13th - Saturday 21st December 2019
Written and Directed by: Steven Catterall & Andy Burke
Musical Director: Paul Carr
Producer: Ian Robinson
Choreographer: Rebecca Dickinson
Costume: Sandra Dickinson
Stage Manager: Shaun McManus
If you would like to join the crew in any capacity, please let us know! Particularly interested in anyone over 16 who wants to set-paint, build and find unusual props, or wants to be involved in the technical side. The Show: The CADOS Pantomime is the biggest show in Chorley and we pride ourselves on delivering a very high standard of production every year. The Panto has been a sell-out for 6 years in a row.
Directors Andy Burke and Steven Catterall previously directed Aladdin in 2015 and the award winning Whittington in 2017. They both have a long history with CADOS, winning a number of NODA awards for their work. They’ve written a panto for all ages in the traditional style, which aims to be about 50-60 minutes each half and is packed full of jokes, slapstick, wordplay, songs and dances.
The Story: The traditional panto tale of Cinderella, the original rags to riches story of a young girl treated as a slave by her family who dreams of falling in love with her prince who will whisk her away – be careful what you wish for Cinders. This is a fast-paced show, using special effects, lighting and video sequences.
Cast List - ALL these parts are up for grabs
4 either Male or Female
All cast to be 16 or over during the performance of the show.
Cinderella - (F) Traditional Principal Girl, singing and dancing some audience interaction and good comic timing
Prince Charming - (M) Handsome, arrogant, pompous, vain – singing, dancing
Buttons - (F) Secretly in love with Cinderella – all round strong performance required, singing dancing, comic timing, physical comedy.
Dandini - (M/F) Sidekick / major domo to the Prince – honest and compassionate – singing and dancing
Stepmother (F) - Traditional panto villain – evil character - singing, dancing, audience interaction
Differently Pretty Sisters - (M) Traditional Panto Dames, truly flawed characters but totally unaware of their shortcomings. Some singing / dancing (doesn’t have to be great) but excellent comic timing, physical comedy, and plenty of audience interaction
Comedy Duo - (M/F) Filling many parts – good comic timing required
Narrator - (M) Grandfather telling the story to granddaughter – bumbling character, good comic timing
Catherine - (F) Moody young teen of a granddaughter questioning the story her grandfather is telling her
Audition pieces will be given out on the day.
GOLDEN RULES FOR AUDITIONS!
DO read the character descriptions and be realistic about if you are right for the part to avoid disappointment!
DON’T do a half-hearted audition or just read the part – we want to see characters who are interesting and engaging, and the sort of characters we would want to spend 3 hours watching!
DO make sure you have learnt your song if you are doing a singing audition
DON’T be nervous – you’re only acting to two or three people and if you make a mistake it doesn’t matter – we’re looking to see if you could play these roles after a few months rehearsals and not that night!
DO use your reading time before the audition to plan how you are going to deliver the lines and read it out loud with other people going for roles
DON’T assume that you have it ‘in the bag’ and so don’t bother putting much into your audition – we want to see your performance
DON’T assume someone else has it ‘in the bag’ - it comes down to performances on the day and how everyone fits together
DO choose a song that shows off your vocal range and lets you really sell the song – if you can sing high or low, have a good belt or a great pop voice then pick a song that lets us know about it!
DON’T just stand there – move around the stage and use your body language and gestures to sell your performance
DO have a go! If you fancy trying out then don’t assume that everyone will be better than you – it might be that you are just the person we are looking for!
Written by Thornton Wilder
To be produced and directed by Mark Jones
Auditions on Sunday 27th January 2019 - 2pm at Chorley Little Theatre
Mon 29 April - Sat 4 May 2019 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre
Tuesdays (7.30-10pm), Fridays (7.30-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – a full rehearsal schedule will be issued, once the play has been cast.
It was first produced in 1938, and went on to win the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ for literature, its reputation as an American classic has increased over the years. Every day in 2018 in America there was a production of this play being performed. What is it about? - Brooks Atkinson, in his review of Our Town's first performance, had this to say: "Mr. Wilder has transformed the simple events of human life into universal theme. He has given familiar facts a deeply moving, philosophical perspective. . . . Our Town is, in this columnist's opinion, one of the finest achievements of the current stage." And in the opinion our director - Mark Jones – ‘it still is’. Ultimately – one of the characters – ‘the Stage Manager’ sums it up - "This is the way we were, in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying”.
No set, no make-up, no props, no sound effects, no costume (you will not be naked - but no period costume I mean). But it will have live originally composed music – and YOU…. The actors. This production is about acting – you DO NOT need American accents – you will use your own voice/accent.
This will be Mark’s 14th production for CADOS, following on from ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’ (2018), ‘Our House’ (2017), ‘Pals’ (2016), ‘The Final Problem’ (2015) ‘Breaking the Code’ (2014); ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ (2013), ‘Memory of Water’; ‘Oliver Twist’ (both 2011), ‘Blood Brothers’ (2010) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2007), ‘Amadeus’, ‘Half a Sixpence’ (both 2005) and ‘Great Expectations’ (2004).
Mark has also been Artistic Director of CADOS for the last 6 years.
The Auditions - Interested?
There is NO preparation to do before the audition – audition pieces will be provided on the day. However, here is a link to the full script if you want to read it ahead of the audition:-
About the Roles
Minimum age - You must have left secondary school.
So there are 18 characters in this play – some male, some female – some could be changed to male or female. Some could be doubled up - so you play a few characters. Age? Depends who turns up. The whole thing could be played by 18 year olds or by 80 year olds – depends who turns up. Turn up! We are keen for this production to be full of new people or people who haven’t been our stage for a while.
Stage Manager - The Stage Manager exercises control over the action of the play, cueing the other characters, interrupting their scenes with their own interjections, and informing the audience of events and objects that we cannot see.
George Gibbs - Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs’s son. A decent, upstanding young man, George is a high school baseball star who plans to attend the State Agricultural School after high school. His courtship of Emily Webb and eventual marriage to her is central to the play.
Emily Webb - Mr. and Mrs. Webb’s daughter. Emily is George’s schoolmate and next-door neighbor, then his fiancée, and later his wife. She is an excellent student and a conscientious daughter. After dying in giving childbirth, Emily joins the group of dead souls in the local cemetery and attempts to return to the world of the living. Her realization that human life is precious because it is fleeting is perhaps the central message of the play.
Dr. Gibbs - George’s father and the town doctor. Dr. Gibbs is also a Civil War expert. His delivery of twins just before the play opens establishes the themes of birth, life, and daily activity. He and his family are neighbours to the Webbs.
Mrs. Gibbs - George’s mother and Dr. Gibbs’s wife. Mrs. Gibbs’s desire to visit Paris—a wish that is never fulfilled—suggests the importance of seizing the opportunities life presents, rather than waiting for things to happen. At the same time, Mrs. Gibbs’s wish for the luxurious trip ultimately proves unnecessary in her quest to appreciate life.
Mr. Webb - Emily’s father and the publisher and editor of the town’s newspaper. Mr. Webb’s report to the audience in Act 1 is both informative and interactive, as his question-and-answer session draws the audience physically into the action of the play.
Mrs. Webb - Emily’s mother and Mr. Webb’s wife. At first a no-nonsense woman who does not cry on the morning of her daughter’s marriage, Mrs. Webb later shows her innocent and caring nature, worrying during the wedding that she has not taught her daughter enough about marriage.
Mrs. Soames - A gossipy woman who sings in the choir along with Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Gibbs. Mrs. Soames appears in the group of dead souls in Act III. One of the few townspeople we meet outside of the Webb and Gibbs families.
Simon Stimson - The choirmaster, whose alcoholism and undisclosed “troubles” have been the subject of gossip in the town for quite some time.
Rebecca Gibbs - George’s younger sister. Rebecca’s role is minor, but she does have one very significant scene with her brother.
Wally Webb - Emily’s younger brother. Wally is a minor figure, but he turns up in Act III among the group of dead souls. Wally dies young, the result of a burst appendix on a Boy Scout trip. His untimely death underscores the brief and fleeting nature of life.
Howie Newsome - The local milkman. Howie’s reappearance during every morning scene—once each in Acts I, II, and III—highlights the continuity of life in the town and in the general human experience.
Joe Crowell, Jr. - The paperboy. Joe’s routine of delivering papers to the same people each morning emphasizes the sameness of daily life in the town.
Si Crowell - Joe’s younger brother, also a paperboy. Si’s assumption of his brother’s former job contributes to the sense of constancy that characterizes the town throughout the play.
Professor Willard - A professor at the State University who gives the audience a report on the town. Professor Willard appears once and then disappears.
Constable Warren - A local policeman. Constable Warren keeps a watchful eye over the community. His personal knowledge of and favour with the town’s citizens bespeaks the close-knit nature of the town.
Sam Craig - Emily Webb’s cousin, who has left the town to travel west, but returns for her funeral in Act III. Though originally from the town, Sam has the air of an outsider.
Joe Stoddard - The town undertaker. Joe prepares Emily’s grave and remarks on how sad it is to bury young people. This statement emphasizes a theme that grows ever more apparent throughout the play and receives its most explicit discussion in Act III: the transience of human life.
If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact the Director – Mark Jones on - 07877 111 248
Sunday March 10th 2019
Chorley Little Theatre 1.30pm
A Bunch of Amateurs
Written by Nick Newman & Ian Hislop
Directed by Barbara Wilcox
Monday 17th June – Saturday 22nd June
A fading Hollywood star, Jefferson Steele is duped by his exasperated Agent to perform King Lear in Stratford, England.
Steele assumes this is the Royal Shakespeare Company.
It is actually a small Amateurs dramatics group in a sleepy Suffolk village.
‘5 Stars – “terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue…plenty of twists and turns – Whatson stage.’
50 something. Insecure, brash, rude, ultimately aware of his own absurdity.
(Must have very good American accent).
40 something. Director of the Stratford Players and the moving force behind keeping the theatre alive. Her sweet and accommodating manner conceals her inner steel.
Late teens/early 20’ Jefferson’s daughter who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it. (American Accent)
50/60ish Solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players.
Pompous, stuck up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the show and should play all the leading roles.
He also fancies his romantic chances with Dorothy. (Very well spoken RP)
50 + Owner of the Rectory bed and breakfast. Jolly, generous and unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steele fan- although somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films, and how keen he is on her.
40+ Handyman and village Mr. Fix it. Slightly dull, Dennis is star struck by Jefferson and fancies heading up his entourage of one.
30+ Marketing executive.
Former physiotherapist and the sponsor’s wife.
Passionate about the arts and smarter than her husband allows her to be.
She is treated as a bimbo because of her looks.
At the audition
I will bring the set pieces, which you will have time to read with a cuppa – tea, coffee and biscuits provided.
Please have a look at your calendars for any holidays/special events you would need to take from rehearsals (especially week of 17th – 22nd June) I would also be looking for full cast availability the week before opening please.
I love this script, can’t wait to bring it to life.
Look forward to seeing you there
‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ by Dario Fo
Directed by Robert Walsh
Production Dates – 25thFebruary 2019 – 2ndMarch 2019, curtain up 7:30pm each night.
Date and time of audition – 28thOctober 2018, 10am-1pm
Set in Milan, the play satirises the story of an anarchist railway worker who ‘accidentally’ fell to his death from a police headquarters building in 1969. It is a political farce. It was extremely successful in Italy and translated and performed around the world. But most importantly…it is very, VERY funny!
THE AUDITION PROCESS
The success of the play is extremely dependent on having actors in every role that are strong comedic performers. They need to be able to improvise and find comedy through instinct. Therefore, the audition will be split into two parts. No preparation is needed, just show up and give it a go!
Part 1: A short group workshop session that will consist of quick warm-up improvisational games and small group work. I want my actors to feel comfortable working and collaborating with each other and this will allow me to see these vital qualities in action!
Part 2: Individual or group reading of sections from the play, which will be provided on the day. You’ll be given time to rehearse these scenes before performing. You may be asked to read more than one scene and be put into different groups so I can see who works best together.
In the original script there are 5 male roles and 1 female role. However, I feel that a female actor could play some of the ‘male’ roles. Age ranges are an approximation; as long as you are over 16 years old and have left high school feel free to give it a go! I am looking for the best comedic performers, not who ‘fits’ the original character descriptions. In terms of accents, a neutral, RP or your own accent is fine, as while the setting is Italy we won’t be replicating the dialect.
Short character description and auditionee notes.
M or F
A literal Manic! Needs an experienced, quality performer for a demanding role.
Uptight, has a temper. Appears in the first and last scenes of the play.
M or F
Highly strung and frustrated, loves him/herself.
An intimidating presence with an explosive temper when angered.
M or F
Minimal dialogue but a constant presence. Needs a quality physical comedy performer.
Portrayed as a stereotypical ‘Femme Fatale’. Appears towards the last scene of the play.
There will be a read-thru shortly after the audition. Rehearsals will be once a week during 2018 on a weekday evening. Once we hit the turn of the year, there will be three rehearsals per week on weekdayevenings. Then, closer to the run of the show, there may be a requirement for an additional rehearsal on a Sunday morning/afternoonup until the run of the show. All rehearsals will be scheduled with cast availability in mind. A full rehearsal schedule will be provided at the initial read-thru.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Do you like theatre? Do you like comedy? Do you have a general disregard for the establishment? Then you may enjoy this ruddy good farcical comedy thing if you said yes to some of what I wrote!
Hi, I’m known as Manic! The director was too lazy to write a blurb so he let the main character do it instead. Set in 1969 Milan, this daft little play by Dario Fo is a romantic escapade about a master of disguise and all round genius, that is me referring to myself by the way, and the longings of the fascist police bourgeois who want to be taught a lesson! The master of disguise/genius takes advantage of the police vulnerabilities during a time of controversy! Apparently, people accidently fall out of police headquarters windows now. So, who is better to sort this accident-gate scenario than the most qualified person in Italy…a certified lunatic!
Tickets are available by paying with money. Seats are provided. Free foot massages are provided. One of those may be a fib…don’t ask me which, I’m not sure myself!
A.K.A. Professor Antonio Rabbia, Psychiatrist. Formerly, Lecturer at the University of Padua.
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