Auditions for “Being of Sound Mind”

Open auditions will be held for the Village Players’ production of the psychological thriller “Being of Sound Mind” by Brian J. Burton on the following dates:

  • Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 7:00pm
  • Monday, October 14, 2013 at 7:30pm

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and are open to all experience levels.  The show will be directed by Jim Balcerek who directed last season’s “The Fox On The Fairway”.

SYNOPSIS:
(Psycho/Thriller) While recovering from an emotional breakdown, Susan goes along with her husband John to a French cottage for their usual holiday. Following the unexpected visit of the cottage owner, Mrs. March, a bizarre series of events occurs in which Susan encounters a stranger who claims to be John, and she turns to her sister Judy for help. As she stands to receive her father’s inheritance only if she is “of sound mind”, Susan begins to suspect that she is a victim of a plot to destroy her sanity.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
There are five characters in the play. Descriptions are as follows. Ages given are based on the character descriptions, but actors of other ages would be considered, based on their ability to play the listed ages.

Susan Pearson (F, mid-30s): The female lead. A bit high-strung and anxious. She has recently recovered from depression following a miscarriage. Events throughout the course of the play drive her to become hysterical and questioning of her sanity. English accent strongly desired.

John Pearson (M, early-40s): The male lead. Susan’s husband. Though initially appearing attentive to Susan due to her recent experience, he also seems to be subtly manipulating her for his own scheme. English accent strongly desired.

Mrs. March (F, mid-30s): The owner of the French vacation home where the events of the play take play. Susan and John apparently meet her for the first time, but she quickly manages to get under Susan’s skin, and has a prior connection to John. Is described as having a slight Australian accent, which is preferred.

Judy Farmer (F, early-30s): Younger sister of Susan. Arrives to help Susan after an initial moment of hysterical confusion, but seems to side with John in how to handle the situation. English accent strongly desired.

Man, aka Andy (M, age unspecified, but close to John’s age): Initially appears as a “stand-in” for John to confuse Susan. Later revealed to be part of John’s hidden agenda. Is partners-in-crime with Mrs. March, though he is resentful of being kept in the dark on the whole plan. English accent strongly desired.

Show dates are listed below. All actors who are cast must be available for all show dates, as well as tech week (Sunday, January 5 through Wednesday, January 8, 2014). Showtimes are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. Cast call would be 1 hour prior to showtime.

  • Friday, January 10, 2014
  • Saturday, January 11, 2014
  • Sunday, January 12, 2014
  • Friday, January 17, 2014
  • Saturday, January 18, 2014
  • Sunday, January 19, 2014
  • Friday, January 24, 2014
  • Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rehearsals are planned throughout November and December, usually on Sundays at 7pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm. There will also be a few rehearsals on Mondays in December to accommodate holidays. Please bring a list of conflicts to the audition to allow for scheduling considerations.

CREW MEMBERS & NEWBIES:
Audition nights are a perfect time to come out, meet the director, and express your interest in helping out backstage, be it in the role of a stage manager, lights & sound operator, concessions, or whatever else you might like to do.

They’re also GREAT for first-timers to come out and observe how things are done, maybe express interest in being a helper, or read for a part! We almost always cast at least one person who’s never been on stage before. You never know what can happen!

Questions? Please contact Director Jim Balcerek at j_p_312@yahoo.com.

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