OXFORD — The Tred Avon Players will hold auditions for the comedy “Charley’s Aunt” by Brandon Thomas at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6; Thursday, Nov. 7; and Monday, Nov. 11, at the Oxford Community Center.
Jack loves Kitty Verdun, and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil. Canceling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now?
They solve the problem by drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig. As “Charley’s Aunt,” this charming frump is introduced to the ladies, to Jack’s father and to Stephen Spettigue, Amy’s guardian. When the real aunt turns up, classic comic confusion ensues.
Director Allison Lynch will cast six men and four women for the show and hopes the cast will include some newcomers to the stage. The characters include:
• Charles (“Charley”) Wykeham (age 18 to 25): An undergraduate student, Charley is in love with Amy Spettigue.
• Jack Chesney (18 to 25): An undergraduate student and Charley’s friend, Jack is in love with Kitty Verdun.
• Col. Sir Francis Chesney (40 to 55): Jack Chesney’s father, Col. Chesney is visiting his son at Oxford. He first falls for Charley’s aunt’s money but then makes another discovery.
• Stephen Spettigue (55 to 65): Amy’s uncle and Kitty’s guardian, Spettigue is a greedy and irritable solicitor, the “villain” of the story.
• Lord Fancourt Babberley (18 to 25): An undergraduate student and Charley and Jack’s friend, Babbs grudgingly plays a part in Jack and Charley’s ruse by impersonating Charley’s aunt.
• Brassett (40 to 50): Jack’s manservant
• Donna Lucia d’Alvadorez (40 to 60): Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil.
• Kitty Verdun (18 to 25): Spettigue’s ward, Kitty is in love with Jack.
• Amy Spettigue (18 to 25): Spettigue’s niece, Amy is in love with Charley.
• Ela Delahay (15 to 20): An orphan, Ela is the adopted niece and traveling companion of Donna Lucia d’Alvadorez.
For more information or questions, email Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22, and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23 at the Oxford Community Center.