by Georgetown Palace Theatre
Set in the 1950s, Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies focuses on two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find their careers in a rut. They are currently performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, however the actors resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. Hilarity ensues when it turns out the relatives are actually nieces and not nephews. Things get even more complicated when Leo falls madly in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister.
Leading Ladies Audition Information
Director: Lynn Beaver
Stage Manager: Meredith Connely
The production will open Friday, June 9, 2023 and Close Sunday, July 9, 2023.
Actors of all ethnicities and gender identities are encouraged to audition. In reference to the character descriptions below—most characters we encounter currently are in the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide (from language developed by Kevin Kantor and Emily Tarquin from the Actors Theatre of Louisville)
**Jack & Leo are English, everyone else is from Pennsylvania.
**Actors playing Jack and Leo must be comfortable wearing women’s clothes!
Meg Snider: (Early 30’s; Female Presenting) She’s vivacious, with enormous warmth and a great sense of humor. She also has the fresh, unstudied beauty that most women would kill for. She knows there’s a big world outside of York, PA but she hasn’t seen much of it yet.
Audrey: (20’s; Female Presenting) She is extremely sweet and good-natured. The typical “girl-next-door;” cute but approachable.
Florence: (Elderly; Female Presenting) Very old, extremely crusty, and her eyesight is terrible. Always on the verge of death’s door, but keeping him at bay.
Leo Clark: (Early 40’s; Male Presenting; Received Pronunciation English Accent (RP)) Typical Leading man type; tall, good looking, easy with a smile (and the ladies!) Shakespearian trained, but working the Moose Lodge circuit to make ends meet.
Jack Gable: (late 30’s to early 40’s; Male Presenting; Received Pronunciation English Accent (RP)) Jack is Leo’s best friend and partner. They’ve been working the Moose Lodge circuit for so long, he’s ready to pack it in and settle down.
Duncan Wooley: (50’s; Male Presenting) Local minister and substantially older than Meg (they are engaged). He’s a good man at heart, but rather fussy, set in his ways, a bit scatterbrained and lives in his own world.
Doc Myers: (50+; Male Presenting) Doc is a crusty, likable curmudgeon; a country doctor who takes no gruff from anybody.
Butch Myers: (20’s; Male Presenting) Butch is a little slow on the uptake, but earnest and sincere, with a good heart. He played football in high school – pretty much his claim to fame. (Son of Doc, in love with Audrey).
*Any intimacy will be choreographed by the play’s director and will be following GPT’s standard intimacy protocol.
Auditions will be held Saturday, March 25, 2023 starting at 2:00 p with callbacks Monday, March 27. Callbacks are by invitation only, and will be posted on the Palace website, but an email with the callback link will be sent to everyone who auditioned when the callback list gets posted online.
- Please prepare a monologue of your choosing, comedic or dramatic. It does not have to be memorized but should be prepared. We welcome auditioners that are 18 and older.
- Callbacks will consist of cold reads from the script. Sides will be posted with the callback list.
Auditions are located at the Palace Playhouse 216 W. 8th street Georgetown TX 78626. Initial Auditions and Callbacks will be on the Playhouse Stage.
Auditions are scheduled online via the Palace website. You will fill out the audition form, sign up for a time, and fill out the conflict calendar, as well as upload a headshot and resume. Questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive an email confirming your appointment. If you are unable to attend any of the audition times, please go ahead and fill out the form and put yourself on the waiting list. Then send us an email and we will try to work with you to schedule an alternative time.
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**Please note that auditions may be recorded for use in casting**
- Scripts will be distributed the week after casting offers go out.
- Rehearsals will begin on/around May 1.
- Rehearsals are typically held Monday through Thursday from 7:00p-10:00p and Saturday 1:00p-5:00p.
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p, and Sundays at 2 p. Sometimes ticket demand causes us to add Saturday matinee performances at 2p.
Please make sure to notate all conflicts that you are aware of on your conflict sheet when filling out your audition form. It is difficult to create a rehearsal schedule if we do not know all of your conflicts up front. Adding all of your conflicts after casting could result in removal of the production.
Once casting is completed (typically 2-3 days after callbacks), emails will be sent to the actors that will be offered a role in the production. Once the full cast has accepted, everyone else who auditioned will be notified via email.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
Everyone should self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if they do not feel well. You should also wear a mask if you have direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and get tested on the 5th day following the exposure.
We’re constantly monitoring and evaluating our policies and will update them based on guidance from the CDC.
The Georgetown Palace Theatre is committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment in which all community members feel a sense of belonging and does not discriminate in casting practices on the basis of an individual’s ethnicity, age, gender, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, country of origin, or other factors. We strongly encourage candidates of all ages, abilities, gender, and ethnicities to audition.
Please see our operating standards at the following link:
Georgetown Palace Operating Standards
Everyone involved with the production must submit to a background check at the Palace’s expense. If you are cast, you will receive a secure link where you can fill it out. There is no cost to you.
The Georgetown Palace Theatre is a 501c3 non-profit organization. There is no compensation for any of the actors at this time.
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