Come be a part of our final show for the summer season.   Join us at AUDITIONS for…

“An Ideal Husband

Audition Dates:  Monday, July 10th & Tuesday, July 11th    Audition Location:  Dorsey Hall (Jane Froman studio); at Columbia College;  1007 Rogers St, Columbia

Show Synopsis…  This classic Oscar Wilde comedy tells of social satires with gaiety and wit. Deception and blackmail weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. Over the course of 24 hours, Lady Chiltern goes to great lengths to save her husband’s political career in the face of an impending scandal. A funny and thoughtful comedy about the obstacles she’s willing to hurdle to save a loved one’s reputation – both at large and in her own mind. Wilde paints a scathing critique of gossips, income gaps, sexist attitudes, and the perils of protecting one’s morals.

Cast of Characters

Sir Robert Chiltern:  a Politician who is handsome and intelligent. He’s a good orator and has a clean record. His wife is equally impressive and his marriage is sound.

Lord Arthur Goring:  a good friend and a really snappy dresser. He has a certain wit about him that charms everyone.

Lady Gertrude Chiltern:  is Sir Chiltern’s wife. She comes across as being a little stuck-up and pushy. It’s true, yet she does have a lot of strong points.

Mrs. Laura Cheveley:  a non-conformist. If Lady Chiltern is the good angel of feminine modernity, the Mrs. Cheveley is the dark angel. She’s as machiavellian and power-hungry as they come. Independence is her strong suit.

Mabel Chiltern: is the third “generation” in the play. While she ends up engaged to Lord Goring, she is not really in his same world. She is probably about half his age. Her spontaneity is very natural.

Lord Caversham:  is Lord Goring’s father. He provides a generational foil to Lord Goring, much as Lady Markby does to Lady Chiltern. An old-fashioned public servant who believes that politics is the noblest profession.

Lady Markby:  is the gossipy aunt. If you want the world to know your business, tell it to her. It is clear that nothing ever ends with her. She represents the pre-modern woman.

Phipps:  is Lord Goring’s servant who is adept at agreeing with his Master. Called the “ideal butler” because of his stoicism and discretion. He also knows how to make a joke, and present it well.

Lady Basildon & Mrs. Marchmont:  are both relatively indistinguishable from each other. These two ladies fill out the party scene and provide us with some background information about the main characters.

Vicomte de Nanjac:  is the “child diplomatist”, as Lord Goring refers to him. With his fancy tie and funny accent, he’s half-dandy, half-politico. His flirting with Mrs. Cheveley helps fill us in on her character early on.

Mason:  is Sir Robert’s butler.  He’s the one announcing the quests during the party scenes. When Sir Robert wants to get rid of Mrs. Cheveley, all he has to do is buzz for Mason.

James:  another one of Sir Robert’s comic servants. James only appears in one scene to tell Lord Goring that none of the people he wants to see are there…but his father is.

Harold:  seems to be the least important servant in the play, but his scene actually does give us two pieces of interesting detail.

Mr. Montford:  is one of Sir Robert’s secretaries. He escorts Mrs. Marchmont into dinner. He’s pretty much considered the walking set dressing.

Additional Audition Information

 Come prepared to do cold readings from the script.

Show Performances are…   August 31st – Sept. 3rd  and  Sept. 7th- 10th, 2017

(for further information contact Byron Scott at  ScottBT@missouri.edu)
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