Audition: The Sisterhood - A Rehearsed Reading

The Sisterhood by Moliere (adapted by Ranjit Bolt)

A Rehearsed Reading

 

Audition Dates:            Sunday 15 October 2017 @ 18:00

                                     Monday 16 October 2017 @ 19:30

 

Please find below the details of the auditions for our rehearsed reading of The Sisterhood. If you have any questions please email the director, Graham Kellas, at gkellas@virginmedia.com.

 

Performance Space:             150 seat Theatre at Putney Arts Theatre

 

Performance Date:               Saturday 25 November 2017 @ 20:00

 

Rehearsal Period:                 There will be four or five rehearsals before the performance.  You will be notified of dates shortly.  

Please note:

This is an amateur production. You do not need to be a member of Putney Theatre Company to audition, but actors and crew will need to become a member of Putney Theatre Company to take part in the show for £20 a year, and a £10 show fee will be due.

 

Audition Preparation:

Nothing to prepare but, if you can, please read the play before you audition, and make sure you arrive on time.

 

Synopsis:                             

Henriette and Clitandre are in love, keen to be married and have the support of her father and uncle. But The Sisterhood stand in their way. Henriette’s mother, aunt and sister – all pretentious ‘learned ladies’ – prefer their protege poet for Henriette’s husband. And so, the scene is set for a frenzy of exquisite and hilarious wordplay where insults fly, egos are pumped and pierced, and perceptions are exposed as deceptions. But at the end of this battle of wits and sexes, will love or learning win the day?

 

This is Ranjit Bolt’s 1989 translation of Moliere’s 17th century comedy, Les Femmes Savantes. Bolt has updated the play to 1980s Paris but retained Moliere’s rhyming couplet verse style.

 

Characters:                            4 Female, 5 Male

 

The Lovers

HENRIETTE (F, 20-30)          An heiress, keen tomarry Clitandre and avoid intellectuals

CLITANDRE (M, 20-30)         Henriette’s penniless lover and her sister’s ex

The Sisterhood

PHILAMINTE (F, 40+)            Henriette’s mother, in love with learning and an arts benefactor

BELISE (F, 40+)                     Henriette’s aunt, convinced she is the object of all men’s desires

ARMANDE (F, 20-30)            Henriette’s sister, dropped Clitandre in favour of academic pursuits

 

The Poets

TRISOTTIN (M, 20-40)          A posturing, pontificating ‘poet’, adored by The Sisterhood  

VADIUS (M, 20-40)                Trissotin’s peer/rival (minor role)

The Men

CHRYSALE (M, 40+)             Henriette’s father and accomplice, terrified of his wife

ARISTE (M, 40+)                    Chrysale’s brother, also in Henriette’s camp (minor role)