Auditions this week are for "The Bear"  ONLY
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Our apologies for this extra communication but plans have changed since the previous email:
  • Auditions this coming week will now only be for "The Bear".
    • So the auditions will not include The Monkey's Paw
    • Further announcements will follow later in the month
  • As a reminder for The Bear, a comedy by Anton Chekhov,
    • The auditions are Tue 11th and Wed 12th June - see below
    • Rehearsals will start after the summer
    • Performances are in half term week, from Oct 29th to Nov 1st
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Open Auditions


‘The Bear’

by Anton Chekhov

Audition Dates:

  • Tuesday 11th June - 8pm
  • Wednesday 12th June - 8pm
  • Scripts will be provided but can be emailed on request.

Audition Venue

Performance Dates

  • First show Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th October 2019 (TBC)
  • Last show will be Friday 1st November 2019
    • As usual this is half term week, but there will be no Saturday Show  because of clashes with Fireworks and Halloween Parties, and the Veteran Car Run that weekend!

The Bear: Characters

  • Popova – Romantic, sentimental, a young widow, in mourning for her late husband.
    • 20's to late 30’s/ early 40’s
  • Smirnov – Brutish, (Bear-like) landowner, who has come to collect on a debt.
    • Late 30’s – late 40’s/early 50’s
  • Luka – Manservant to Popova. Gentle but with excellent comic timing.
    • Late 50’s –60’s/early 70’s

The Bear - Play

The Bear (or sometimes The Boor) is one of Anton Chekhov’s lesser-known plays, but it is is an excellent example of a “Farce in One-Act,".

Fast-paced and with biting dialogue, its comedy involves exaggerated emotions that quickly turn into their opposites. Popova fancies herself inconsolably bereaved, while Smirnov considers himself a man's man, but could it be that they start to develop feelings for each other?

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