New Bedford - Your Theatre, Inc. is holding auditions July 18 and 20 at 7pm, for all roles in the upcoming 2017-2018 Season production of Anastasia by Marcelle Maurette and adapted by Guy Bolton. The performances run from January 11 to January 21, 2018.
Auditions are held in the playhouse located in St. Martin's Church/Hall complex, 136 Rivet Street at Country Street, in New Bedford. The auditions are open to all actors over the age of 16.
Auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script. No accents are required. Director Stephen Kay is casting all roles. Experience is not necessary; just the desire to participate and share the experience of live theatre and the enjoyment of collaborating with other talented individuals.
The play is about a young woman discovered as an amnesiac in a Berlin asylum by a former Cossack 'prince' turned-taxi-driver Bounine. Anna is swept into a scheme to exploit the 'heritage' of 10 million pounds being held in trust for any surviving heirs of the Romanoff dynasty. As the conspiracy prospers, Anna is coached to success but for one last test: the Imperial Grand Empress is alive and her acceptance is essential. In a famous 'recognition scene' of breathless suspense, Anna meets her grandmother and must convince the dowager that she is the long-lost Royal Princess Anastasia.
Varya: Household servant and cook employed by Bounine.
Anna: Lost in the mists of amnesia, trying to discover who she is. Coached by Bounine and his associates to pass as Princess Anastasia.
Charwoman: Brought in to help identify Anna as Anastasia, she tells the story of her experience at the scene of the murders.
Dowager Empress: Grandmother who refuses to see Anna, having seen of number of imposters. Stubborn and living with her past memories.
Baroness Livenbaum: Lady in Waiting to the Dowager Empress, who finds Bounine quite attractive.
Chernov: One of Bounine's associates who is handling the records of the funds for the Anastasia search. A pessimist who does not believe that they can pass Anna off as the princess.
Petrovin: Another associate of Bounine's, who was an artist connected with the scenic department of the Russian Imperial Opera, who believes that Anna can be taught to play the role of Anastasia.
Sergei: Doorman and sometime servant/bodyguard for prince Bounine.
Dr. Serensky: A man from Anna's past who recognizes her and who may destroy Bounine's plan for success.
Prince Bounine: Leader and mastermind of the attempt to pass off Anna as the princess to gain the money deposited in the banks by the Czar. Strong and determined.
Prince Paul: Once engaged to Anastasia as a small child, now being supported with funds from the Dowager Empress, who finds the recognition of Anna as the princess and eventual marriage a solution to his monetary problems.
Counsellor Drivinitz: Chairperson of the committee who gave funds as an investment for the search for Anastasia, who demands results or an investigation by police for what is a hoax in the eyes of the committee. (Could be played by male or female.)
Sleigh Driver: Blind sleigh driver who knew the princess as a child when he drove the children in his sleigh.
Your Theatre celebrates diversity and seeks people of all backgrounds regardless of age, race, creed, or sexual preference. All are welcome!
For more information, call the theatre at 508-993-0772 or e-mail your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit the web site at www.yourtheatre.org.
Founded in 1946, YTI is incorporated as a non-profit community theatre which seeks to enhance the cultural life of New Bedford, Southeastern Massachusetts, and nearby communities through the study and regular presentation of dramatic productions and other programs of high quality and professional standards.This press release is about Anastasia