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WOODSTOCK, Ill. — TownSquare Players (TSP), the oldest community theater group in McHenry County, has scheduled open auditions for its March 2012 production of Neil Simon’s hilarious Tony Award-winning comedy The Odd Couple.
Director Betsy Stemple and producer Megan Marshall are seeking six men (stage ages 35 to 50) and two women (stage ages 25 to 45) for the production, which will be performed the first three weekends in March at the Woodstock Opera House.
The Odd Couple won several Tony Awards, including Best Play. It poses the question — later addressed in films and TV series — of whether two divorced men can share a New York apartment without driving one another crazy.
Auditioners will be seen between 7 and 9:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday, Dec. 18-19, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock, Ill. No appointment is needed. No parts have been pre-cast. Auditioners will do cold readings from the script. Actors and actresses of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
Call-backs will be at the theater group’s Storage And Rehearsal Area (SARA), 2320 S. Eastwood Drive, Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2012, at SARA. The typical schedule will run Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The schedule is subject to change based on conflicts and the director’s work schedule. For any additional questions, potential auditioners should contact producer Megan Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete list of characters and stage ages follows:
• Oscar Madison, male. Slovenly, unkempt, disorganized sportswriter; softy at heart; true friend in every sense of the word.
• Felix Ungar, male. Neat, organized, obsessively clean; hypochondriac; depressed about the loss of his marriage; people pleaser; true friend with a big heart.
• Murray, male. Big, strong, kind New York City police officer; a “simple” man with simple pleasures; a worrier and a “fixer” of problems.
• Speed, male. Sarcastic, dry sense of humor, and a constant complainer; loves the game of poker and doesn’t like to be distracted from the game.
• Roy, male. A bit sarcastic, likes to pick on his friends but always out of love for them because he knows them so well; an observer who, like his friend Speed, is fixated on poker and the game itself; Oscar’s accountant; disgusted by smells of all kinds.
• Vinnie, male. Sweet, lovable, and gullible. He’s giving and a bit shy and comes to poker to be around friends, not for the game itself; loves his wife; dedicated friend.
• Cecily Pigeon, female. Sweet and a bit timid; a bit nervous, but lovable and very affectionate. Sister to Gwen. British accent required.
• Gwendolyn Pigeon, female. A bit edgier than her sister; possesses a razor-sharp wit; very lovable and affectionate. British accent required.