Take your turn in the limelight
4:00pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Stage
By Ruth Meech
Full of class: Dorchester Drama Club’s production of
Jeeves in Bloom
SUCCESSFUL theatre group Dorchester Drama, who this year celebrated their 50th anniversary with a brilliant adaptation of Jeeves in Bloom, are revving up for their autumn production.
All are invited along to take part in auditions on Wednesday, September 11 and there are also opportunities for those preferring to help out with vital backstage and production work.
The show, Alan Ayckbourn’s Life & Beth, will be staged in late November and is a wonderful comedy in similar vein to Blithe Spirit.
It is Christmas, and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband, Gordon. Beth’s sister-in-law Connie and son Martin have come to stay, determined to ensure that she should have a stress-free Christmas, but their good intentions prove to be short-lived.
Only David, the local vicar, provides Beth with comfort, but when he says a prayer for her he unwittingly summons Gordon’s ghost back to the family home.
Gordon has been busy implementing health and safety measures in the afterlife and is now determined to stick around to help Beth manage her affairs. It soon becomes apparent, however, that his return is not altogether welcome . . .
The characters for the casting on Wednesday are Beth Timms, recently widowed and in her 50s, the late Gordon in his 60s, son Martin and his girlfriend Ella in their 20s or 30s, Gordon’s sister Connie who is in her 50s and David the vicar, who is a widower in his 50s.
The production will be co-directed by Paul Lawless & Richelle Khan.
Dorchester Drama spokesman David Reeve said: “Paul and Richelle are local professional actors and workshop co-ordinators who are really looking forward to directing their first project with us.
“Both have had extensive training in all areas of the performing industry and intend to run rehearsals in a fun but rewarding workshop-fashion.”
Auditions are in the Sunninghill School Hall off Culliford Road, Dorchester on Wednesday, September 11 at 7.30pm.
Please arrive promptly at 7.15pm, as auditions will begin swiftly at 7.30pm and any lateness will be taken in to consideration when casting the play.
Rehearsals will run twice-weekly, on a Monday and Wednesday evening, from September 16. If you are interested in helping with production side contact Anne on Reevefamily4@talktalk.net