Auditions for the 2016 VPH Summer Show, Fawlty Towers by John Cleese, will be held at the Village Players of Hatboro on the following dates:
- Sunday, May 15th – 7:30 pm
- Monday, May 16th – 7:30 pm
Cold readings from the script will be provided. No monologues. ¡English accent is a must!
Show dates are August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13. All actors who are cast must be available for all show dates as well as tech week.
(Comedy) Fawlty Towers is one of the most celebrated TV sitcoms ever to come out of the United Kingdom. The episodes performed in our production will be:
- The Psychiatrist
A rather, loud, flashy gentleman, whom Basil cannot bear, is staying at the hotel and expecting his elderly mother to join him but earlier in the evening smuggles a girl into his room. A couple, the Abbotts, who are both doctors, arrive and Basil immediately takes to this well-bred pair, fawning over them. Mr. Abbott is a psychiatrist and Basil is fearful of being observed.
- The Builders
Sybil and Basil are planning to go away for the weekend, leaving Polly in charge. Workmen are expected to fix a new door and block up an existing one. But, unbeknownst to Sybil, Basil has changed the contractors from Stubbs’ to the cheaper O’Reilly’s.
- Communication Problems
A difficult lady guest arrives and finds fault with everything including the view from her window (“What were you hoping to see? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically . . . “) It transpires that her hearing aid is not working which adds to the confusion. Basil has had a hot tip on a horse but Sybil has banned betting.
- The Germans
Sybil is in hospital for an operation on an ingrown toenail so Basil has been left in charge. A party of German guests is expected and Polly is brushing up on her German whilst Basil attempts to hang a moose head in reception. A fire drill is planned but the burglar alarm goes off instead, confusing everyone, and Sybil keeps telephoning from the hospital with fresh instructions.
- Basil Fawlty – Owner of an English Bed and Breakfast. Rather quirky and neurotic. Always looking to better his business but always getting in his own way.
- Sybil Fawlty – Basil’s wife. The brains behind the business and usually fixing what Basil breaks.
- Manuel – Does not speak English well, or at all. Usually Basil’s lacky. Very grateful to be working at Fawlty Towers.
- Polly the Maid – The sensible member of the team.
- Other minor characters to fill the cast may be double-cast.
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 Ed Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.