CONTACT: Brenda Mayo, director
Starkville Community Theatre has set auditions early next week for its season-opening production of Phillip King’s rollicking farce, “See How They Run.”
Auditions for the show are set for Sunday and Monday at the Playhouse on Main, which is located next to Old Venice Pizza Co. on Main Street in downtown Starkville. Auditions begin at 7 p.m. both days, said Brenda Mayo, who is directing the show.
Roles are available for six men and three women, and most require accents, Mayo says. The audition will consist of cold reads from the script, she said.
Three of the six male characters have proper English accents, while one has an American accent, one has a Russian accent and one has a cockney English accent. Of the three female characters, one has an American accent, one has a proper English accent and one has a cockney English accent.
The show is set just after the end of World War II.
A description of the show is as follows: “Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress, a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid who ‘touches alcohol for the first time in her life’ and four men in clergyman’s suits presenting the problem of which is which, for one is disguised as an escaped prisoner and another a sedate bishop aghast at all these goings-on.”
Written in 1942 and 1943, “See How They Run” – the title of which is a reference to the popular nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice” – premiered at the Q Theatre in Peterborough, England, in December 1944 before transferring to the Comedy Theatre in the West End theatre district in January 1945. The show ran for 18 months in the West End, racking up 589 performances in its initial run.
“See How They Run” has since been revived on British stages in 1964, 1978, 2006 and 2008. The show was adapted into a film in 1955 and the British Broadcasting Company also adapted the play into a 90-minute made-for-television movie in 1984.
In addition to the nine-member cast, crew members are also being sought for the production, Mayo said.
“If you can paint, sew, run lights and/or sound, use power tools, or are just interested in being a part of the running crew, we need you,” Mayo said.
For more information, contact Mayo by e-mail at email@example.com or visit the SCT website http://www.sct-online.org.