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AUDITIONS

A Man of No Importance 

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Book by Terrence McNally

Based on the 1994 film A Man of No Importance

Seeking:

Ensemble Cast of 14 actors of age ranging 18 - 118, any gender, race, ethnicity.  

Regional to West Michigan

Auditions:

    Location - Hope Church

                     77 West 11th StreetHolland, MI 49423

                      Through the main doors, left through the lobby, and look for signs to Exit Left Auditions

    Time - Sign up for a 15min. slot HERE.

                Wednesday May 29th & Thursday May 30th 

                 6pm - 8pm 

OR By special arrangement through self-tape - email exitlefttheatreco@gmail.com if you are unable to attend auditions at the times above. 

Please prepare a song and a speech from these materials:

PDF of Speeches  /   Songs   vvv

                                    Art : Ensemble.   Love Who You Love :Alfie      Man in the Mirror: Alfie           Princess: Adele          The Burden of Life: Lily     The Streets of Dublin: Robbie

                                           

AND/OR 

Bring a contemporary two minute monologue and song

 

Rehearsals:

Will be held after standard business hours weekdays and some weekends. 

beginning June 17, 2024.

Performances: 

July 25, 26, 27, and August 1,2, & 3 at 7pm 

With matinees July 28th and August 4th at 2pm

 

Tech load in is scheduled for the day of July 22nd

Compensation:

Travel stipend available for those outside of the Holland/Zeeland area.

We actively encourage BIPOC and trans/non binary performers to audition.

ABOUT THE PLAY:

           Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, A Man of No Importance is the second successful collaboration by the team of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, all of whom won Tony Awards for Ragtime.

Alfie Byrne is a bus conductor in 1964 Dublin whose heart holds secrets that he can't share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde's Salome in the local church hall, he confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love "that dare not speak its name." But the redemptive power of theatre changes his life and brings his friends back to his side.

A Man of No Importance is a rare gem in the canon of musical theatre, one that combines the depth and drama of a play with the lyricism and comedy of a musical. A tender and beautifully woven tale of love, friendship and coming to terms with who we are that is sure to move and inspire your audiences.   - Publisher's Description 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS: 

Alfie Byrne

Average looks and build, he is a closeted virgin and a dreamer who idolizes Oscar Wilde. He runs the theatre group in the church. He is in love with his coworker Robbie but wrestles with his sexuality throughout the story. Lives with his older sister, Lily.
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Robbie

Alfie's coworker and closest friend. He is charming, honest and likeable. 
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: C3

Lily Byrne

Alfie's older sister who lives with and cares deeply for him but finds him odd.
She is socially and morally conservative and believes she can’t marry Carney until Alfie finds a wife.

Age: 40s to 50s
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Adele Rice

A girl new to Alfie's bus route who he thinks will be perfect for his play. She is a young, sweet, "small-town" girl who is wise beyond her years.
Age: 18 to 25

Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: C4

Carney/Oscar Wilde

The local butcher who is the usual star of Alfie's productions and loves to boast about it. The most socially and morally conservative member of the community and secretary of the church’s sodality. Wants to marry Lily. Oscar Wilde, Alfie’s obsession and famous playwright, appears to and only be seen by Alfie.
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Mrs. Grace

A long-time member of the players who takes her acting and her painting quite seriously—and believes others should too.
Age: 45-60s

Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Mrs. Patrick

The mother of three children, she is a company member of the players and active in the church sodality. Also, she is secretly having an affair—with Robbie.
Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Baldy

Also known as James Michael O'Shea, he is the resident stage manager at St. Imelda's. Widower who still misses his wife.
Age: 50 to 70

Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: B2

Ernie Lally

An accountant and the company set designer and props master. 
Age: 25 to 40s
Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: B2

Father Kenny

The parish priest who runs St. Imelda’s Church where the players perform. 
Age: 30s-50s
Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: G2

Miss Crowe

A spinster and the company costume designer who also fancies herself a very experienced actress.
Age: 40 to 60

Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Mrs. Curtin

An actor in the company and the choreographer; may be able to tap a bit—or fake it. Was a “child star” and is since married with nine children. Loves to get out of the house and into the theater.
Age: 30 to 40s
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Peter/Breton Beret

Peter is the young stagehand with the players who sees the future in Rock and roll. Breton Beret is a guy from the pub who seduces Alfie in order to beat him up for being gay.

Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: C4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Rasher Flynn

The company technician and an ex-All-Ireland Gymnast; possibly now a heavy smoker. 
Age: 25 to 30s
Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: A2

There are additional minor characters who are played by the company.

Please email exitlefttheatreco@gmail.com with any questions.

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