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Auditions for
Theatre Bacchus' Production of "Special Features"
by Nick Broadhead




The audience is slightly surprised when the latest offering by the Chedley Mortimer Playhouse Players ends abruptly, with no resolution of the slightly absurd plot, which contains blatant product placements for local businesses. As the applause dies down, Marjorie Hopwood, the leading lady, introduces Robin Curzon, the play’s Director, who (after berating modern audiences for behaving at the theatre as though they were lounging at home in front of a DVD) explains that this audience is about to witness a theatrical first – the opportunity to scroll through the ‘Special Features’ of the play, as though it were a DVD.

During every ensuing Scene, the critical points of the play’s production are re-visited, allowing the audience to piece together some of the questions raised in the act that they have already seen:

What is the significance of the parrot?

Why has such a terrible actor been cast as the leading man?

Why does a Hollywood screenwriter write a play every other year for such a second rate Amdram group? And how did the leading lady break her leg?

This comedy, with its unique take on a play within a play, has been compared to ‘Noises Off’, with the ingenious twists and turns of the plot and its hilarious dialogue.

Characters (5m, 4f, 1m/f) AGES ARE FLEXIBLE

Marjorie Hopwood (Dorothy):  50’s, sister of Kenneth, and co-owner of ‘The Shingles’

Neil Harris (Troy): 20’s-30’s Chedley Mortimer Playhouse Players young male lead

Claire Wilson (Millie): 20’-30’s, Chedley Mortimer Playhouse Players young female lead

Kenneth Hopwood (Tom): 50’s-60’s, brother of Marjorie, and co-owner of ‘The Shingles’ absent minded and somehow gets the lead

Robin Curzon: 50’s/60’s, the Director of the Chedley Mortimer Playhouse Players. Enjoys the leadership role as a director. Has an affair with Neil.

Bryn Goodlass: 50’s, a playwright of some renown, also a philanderer.

Louise Goodlass 40’s/50’s, Bryn’s wife. Suspicious of her husband carrying on with other women.

Eric Harrison 50’s-60’s, an actor with Chedley Mortimer Playhouse Players. Usually plays all lead roles and comes to expect that.

Emma any age, unimaginative cleaner/waitress at ‘The Shingles’ guesthouse doubles as Prompt.

Setting Present day England. The weeks leading up to the Chedley Mortimer Playhouse Players latest production.


SHOW DATES: August 23,24,25 and 30,31, Sept. 1 for a total of 8 performances

Performances at London Born Wine Co. Event Space, 3749 Walker Rd. Beamsville

Rehearsals 3X/wk at St. Philippe Parish Hall, 472 Locust St. Burlington beginning early June


Profit Share

Audition via self-tape submission, due: May 31

Or in-person at St. Philippe Parish Hall on: May 28, and 29, evenings starting at 7 pm

To request sides, to set up an audition appointment, or for any inquiries contact Lana Borsellino

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