New Bedford - Your Theatre, Inc. is holding auditions November 27 at 7:30 PM and December 2 at 2:30 pm, for roles in the upcoming March production of "Kindertransport" by Diane Samuels. The performance dates are March 14, 15, 16, and 21, 22, 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM and March 17 and 24, 2019 at 2:30 PM. The auditions are open to all actors over the age of 16. Rehearsals will begin in early January. Auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script. Director Edward J. Maguire is casting for the following (with stage ages):
EVELYN : English middle-class woman. Well spoken. In her 40s/50s.
FAITH : Evelyn's only child. In her 20s.
EVA : Evelyn's younger self. She starts the play at nine years old and finishes it at seventeen years old. The actor's STAGE AGE will be in the 18 - 25 range. At times she speaks with a German accent and a number of lines in German. We will have dialect coach available. She will speak with more of an English Accent as the play progresses.
HELGA : Eva's mother. Middle class German Jewish woman of the 1930s. Begins the play in her 30s, ends it 8 years older. Speaks in German accent at times - help will be given.
LIL : Eva/Evelyn's foster mother. Switches from being in her 30/40s to her 70/80s and back, sometimes in the same scene. Manchester/northern accent useful but not essential.
THE RATCATCHER : A mythical character who also plays THE **** BORDER GUARD, THE ENGLISH ORGANISER, THE POSTMAN, THE STATION GUARD. Adult Male.
"Between 1938 and the outbreak of war almost 10,000 children, most of them Jewish, were sent by their parents from Germany to Britain... Nine-year-old Eva ends up in Manchester... When Eva's parents fail to escape Germany the child changes her name and begins the process of denial of her roots...it is only when her own daughter discovers some old letters in the attic that Eva is forced to confront the truth about the past. Samuels has written the best play about the pain/passion of mother/daughter relationships". -- Guardian
Alongside scenes of her departure from Germany, journey to Britain and her time there during the war, we are shown 40 years later when Evelyn, a very middle-class English woman, is preparing to send Faith, her adult daughter and a college student, out into the world. The connection between the two stories is revealed during the play. It is a powerful, poignant study of separation and displacement that has clear topical relevance a superbly written play about love, loss, escaping, belonging and knowing who we are.
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