Auditions for ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’

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One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
Based on a servant of two masters by Carlo Goldoni
Audition Pieces
6th January 2015 7:30pm The Phoenix Hotel, Chard.

This play is in principle a farce. This means the comedy is in the pace and ability for the actors to play their parts straight. I would compare the delivery of the script similar to “Mrs Browns boys” where often things are made to look like they happen by accident but are really scripted.
The audition pieces are taken from the copy of the script read at the re-through in December. Samuel French informs me that they would like us to use a newer version of the script, which will be available in January.

Cast: The ages are only a guide; the play will be cast on fitting the right actors into the parts to make the relationships plausible. All of the accents are South East mainly London.

Francis Henshall – A large part – Essex boy – Not the brightest tool in the box but seems to keep falling on his feet. Lots of physical humour and audience interaction, this is both scripted and unscripted so should be confident to ad-lib within the boundaries of this character.Pg 24, 29, 65

Charlie Clench – in his 50’s – Medium part – An archetypal Cockney Gangster. Pg 11-12, 38-42

Pauline Clench – his daughter. Pretty and stupid not really understanding most of what is being said. Pg 12. 38-42

Lloyd Boateng – in his 50’s ex-con, now runs a pub. Quite a sharp character. Pg 11-15, 21-24

Stanley Stubbers – age 20-30 -Public school nitwit who is one of Francis Henshalls guvnors. Pg 29-31, 34. 74-75

Dolly – in her 30’s – Feminist bookkeeper, the brains of the outfit. A strong character who has a soft spot for Francis. Pg 64. 65-67

Harry Dangle – in his 60’s – Small part – Crooked Latin-speaking solicitor to the Clenches. Tries to be posh but this slips on occasions. Pg 60-61

Alan Dangle – son of Harry -A wannabe actor and completely over the top physically and verbally in the delivery of his lines. Pg 29-31

Rachel Crabbe – age 20 – 30 Dresses as dead twin brother, Roscoe. Played like a young male gangster. Pg 39-42, 76-78

Gareth – Head waiter Pg 44-45

Christine Patterson – An audience plant who has a small amount of lines and a bit of business.

Alfie – Deaf old waiter – A physical part being knocked over by doors, cricket bats etc.

Policemen, porters, taxi drivers will be cast without the need for audition.

One Man, Two Guvnors

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One Man, Two Guvnors is a play by Richard Bean, an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters, a 1743 Commedia dell’arte style comedy play by the Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni. It replaces the Italian period setting of the original with Brighton in 1963. With James Corden in the lead role, the play opened at the National Theatre in 2011, toured in the UK and then opened in the West End in November 2011, with a subsequent Broadway opening in April 2012. The second tour was launched six months later, playing the UK, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. The London production closed in March 2014, before a third tour of the UK began in May 2014.

This critically-acclaimed play, which has songs by Grant Olding, has recently been released for amateur companies and producer Philip Wells hopes that it will appeal to local audiences. Production dates at The Guildhall, Chard are likely to be Thursday & Friday 17th & 18th March.

An initial read through will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th December at the Methodist Rooms in Combe St. Nicholas. Auditions/casting will take place after Christmas with rehearsals on Mondays and Wednesdays. A synopsis and the cast list can be found here

Let us entertain you!

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After staging high quality musicals for over 50 years Chard Light Operatic Society is changing. At a recent Special General Meeting the members voted to become Chard Entertainment Society and expect that the new name and a broader range of productions will encourage more people to join the group and widen its appeal to local audiences.

The Society tested the idea of moving away from exclusively musical productions in 2014 when it staged Dad’s Army and the Walmington-on-Sea Wartime Concert in association with the Royal British Legion and followed this in 2015 with a highly successful production of ‘Allo,’Allo!

Now, in its new guise, the Society is to team up with Chard Carnival Committee to present ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ during Carnival week – on 7th, 8th and 9th October at Chard Guildhall. This is a modern jukebox musical love story, based on the songs of David Essex with a book by Jon Conway. It has successfully toured the UK twice in recent years as well as running for a limited season at the Garrick Theatre in the West End. What’s more, it’s set in a fairground, making the show a most appropriate production for Carnival time.

Chard Entertainment Chair, Neil Wells, is delighted to be associated with Chard Carnival this year. “As a young child, I remember taking part in the very first Carnival over 47 years ago. In those days, there was always a show on at The Guildhall during Carnival week and my older brothers used to take part.”

“As a community activity Chard Carnival is an important local event which not only gives a great deal of pleasure to both participants and onlookers, but also raises a valuable funds for good causes”, Neil commented. “We are very pleased to join forces with Chard Carnival Committee to promote this year’s event and hope that the town will come along and see Chard Entertainment Society’s production of ‘All The Fun Of The Fair’.”

Tickets cost £8 in advance and will be on sale from September 14th from Barron’s, Holyrood Street, Chard or £10 on the door each night.


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Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Chard Light Operatic Society will be held on Monday 3rd August at 7.45pm in the ballroom of The Phoenix Hotel, Chard. This will be preceded by a Special General Meeting of the Society which will take place at 7.30pm to discuss and approve changes to the Constitution. Officers and committee will be elected at the AGM and nominations are welcome. To print a nomination form please click AGM letter & nomination form 2015.

All The Fun Of The Fair

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Moving away from the 1930s, where productions over All-The-Fun-of-the-Fair the pastfew years have been set, ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ is a modern jukebox musical love story with a book by Jon Conway, based on the songs of David Essex. It has successfully toured the UK twice in recent years and well as running for a limited season at the Garrick Theatre in the West End.

Set against the backdrop of a travelling funfair, ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ is a brand new, action-packed musical inspired by David Essex’s debut album ‘All The Fun Of The Fair’ and underscored by a helter-skelter of hits such as Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You a Star, Me and My Girl Nightclubbing, Silver Dream Machine and Rock On. The show follows Levi Lee, a recently widowed father with a rebellious teenage son. There is a gypsy future teller who is in love with Levi, and tells him there is danger and mysticism in his future. Dodgems and motorbikes, crafty cons and candy floss, fairground horses and fights, as well as unrequited love, romance and rock and roll bring out the carnival atmosphere in this world of fairground life.

As well as featuring upbeat music and dancing, the show has parts for all ages. Initially there will be an introduction/ read through on WEDNESDAY 10th JUNE at 7.30pm in The Phoenix Hotel ballroom (side entrance, immediate turn left, through doors, up stairs, turn right, then through double doors). Auditions for principal parts will probably be held the following week – date to be confirmed. Normal rehearsals will be on a Monday/Thursday with dance rehearsals on Wednesdays.

‘Allo,’Allo! on stage

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The final rehearsals are approaching and the cast is getting excited! Props have been assembled, costumes are made or hired and the show is virtually ready for the road. Everyone is getting into character especially Rene who, by the look of his photograph, doesn’t know which way to turn!

Don’t miss this great production:
Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th March, nightly at 7.30pm at The Guildhall, Chard.

'Allo, 'Allo! rehearsal pic (640x529)

‘Allo, ‘Allo!

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A large number of members came along on Thursday 4th December for an introduction to the popular BBC comedy ‘Allo,’Allo which CLOS will be staging in March 2015. Philip Wells, who will be producing the show, gave prospective cast members an insight into the qualities he will be looking for in the many roles on offer. Auditions will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 5th January at the Methodist Rooms in Combe St. Nicholas. There are lots of parts, both major and minor as well as walk on opportunities. if you would like to take part, do come along.