MOON OVER BUFFALO
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Paul Bettys
WHEN: December 11 and 12 @ 7 PM
Callbacks - December 14th at 7 PM
Performance Dates: March 3 - 17, 2012
Friday/Saturday evenings @ 8 PM
Sunday matinees - March 4th & 11th @ 2 PM
WHERE: Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover
Charlotte and George Hay, an acting couple not exactly the Lunts are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac "revised, one nostril version," and Noel Coward's Private Lives. Fate has given these thespians one more shot at starring roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel epic, and director Frank Capra himself is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance. Will Charlotte appear or run off with their agent? Will George be sober enough to emote? Will Capra see Cyrano, Private Lives or a disturbing mixture of the two? Hilarious misunderstandings pile on madcap misadventures, in this valentine to Theatre Hams everywhere. This hilarious farce is filled with plenty of chaos; from sword fights to slamming doors to wacky affairs and much, much more!
CHARACTERS: (ages may vary—strong physical comedy for various roles)
- George Hay (40's-50’s) is a very dramatic, slapstick type, over-the-top actor. As leader of his own acting troupe, George has always had aspirations to be famous. He’s a bit of a ladies’ man but is really devoted to his wife, Charlotte. Physical comedic role and the actor cast will be trained for a short sword fight.
- Charlotte Hay (40's-50’s) is very much a drama queen. She helps to run the acting troupe and plays all of the female leads, including the ones she’s a bit too old for. She is a consummate actress who still has dreams of being a star... at all costs! She loves George but is getting tired of his philandering. She should be able to do an upper-class British accent. Physical comedic role and the actress cast will be trained for a short sword fight.
- Ethel (60's) is Charlotte's mother—close to her daughter, but not happy with her daughter’s choice of a husband. She is also an actress, very witty and doesn't take any crap from anyone! She is very hard of hearing, which leads to comic misunderstandings.
- Rosalind (20's-early 30's) is George and Charlotte's daughter who used to be an actress and a member of their acting troupe. However, she decided that she wanted a real career and left--determined never to act again—or be like her parents! Rosalind is, in fact, always repressing her dramatic side, but it’s a losing battle by the end. She has a new fiancé, Howard, but used to be in love with Paul, an actor in her parent's troupe. The actress cast should be able to do an upper-class British accent. Physical comedic role.
- Howard (20's-early 30’s) is Rosalind's fiancé—a weatherman—so he considers himself to be in the "acting" business. He comes across as a wimp, a little annoying, nervous, and very excitable. Physical comedic role.
- Paul (20's-early 30’s) is a member of the acting troupe. He used to be with Rosalind and still loves her and wants her back; but he is an actor first and foremost, so he wouldn't leave the troupe to be with her. Paul has a quiet, subtle sense of humor and often holds the company together. The actor cast should be able to do an upper-class British accent. Very physical role.
- Eileen (20's) is an aspiring actress, eager to please. She has a crush on George and has been having a fling with him. Eileen wants to be a leading actress with the company, and she comes across very flighty and naïve, but ultimately will do anything to get what she wants. She can be played a bit manipulative.
- Richard (40's-50's) is George and Charlotte's attorney. He is in love with Charlotte—always trying to get her to leave George. He is wealthy and used to getting what he wants, and is both amused and perplexed by the Hay family.
- 3 actors may possibly be needed to play soldiers (a great opportunity for the novice actor!)
- DLT is also seeking a stage crew for this show. If interested in backstage positions, please contact the theatre at 973.328.9202 or the director, Paul Bettys.
For more information, please visit www.doverlittletheatre.org