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9/23 The Front Page at Spotlight

The Front Page
By Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, Directed by Carol Petitmaire

Auditions will be held on: Sunday, September 23, 2012 by appointment only.
Two cold-reading sessions will be scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
CALLBACKS will be held on Sunday, September 30th from 10:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.

Please send an email to auditions@thisisspotlight.org in order to set up a cold-reading appointment.
Auditions will be held at: Colorado Free University / John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver, 80230

PREPARE:
Please bring a headshot and resume and list of conflicts January 3, 2013 through opening.

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals will begin January 3rd and will be mostly held on weeknights.  Some weekend day rehearsals are possible.

PERFORMANCES:
The Front Page opens Saturday, February 23rd and plays through Saturday, March 30th: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:00. Performances are held at the John Hand Theater in Lowry.

SYNOPSIS
Ace reporter Hildebrand “Hildy” Johnson wants to break away from journalism, finally get to go on his honeymoon, and get a “respectable” job.  But on his way out of town, there is a jailbreak, and into Hildy’s hands falls the escapee. Excited by the prospect of one final scoop, he conceals his prize in a roll top desk.  Over the next few hours, Hildy must prevent a bevy of hungry reporters, trigger-happy policemen, furniture movers, a troupe of boy scouts, and even the cleaning lady from finding the biggest story to hit the newspaper in years!

ROLES TO BE CAST (15 men, 4 women)
MEN
Reporters: Wilson, Endicott, Murphy, McCue, Schwartz, Kruger, Benzinger.  This is a character actor’s dream. All ages, sizes, shapes. These are hardened newspaper reporters in Chicago circa 1928. They wise-crack, play poker and would step over their own mothers for a good story.
Diamond Louie: 30’s to 40’s, a con man, slippery
Hildy Johnson: late 30s, crack reporter, jokester, under the thumb of Walter Burns
Sheriff Harman: late 40’s to 60’s, typical bureaucrat, butt of all the reporter’s jokes, crooked
The Mayor: 50’s to 60’s, typical politician, trying to get reelected
Mr. Pincus: 40’s, good natured, honest, a bit “dim”, gov’t worker
Earl Williams:  prisoner, tiny “must fit into a roll top desk”, revolutionary late 30’s to 40’s
Walter Burns: 50’s to 60’s, manipulator, editor of Herald Examiner, Hildy’s boss, ambulance chaser, will do anything to anybody to get the scoop
Deputy: any age, ensemble role
Policeman: any age, ensemble role

WOMEN
Jennie: late 40’s to 50’s, cleaning woman in the Criminal Courts Building
Molly Malloy: late 30’s to 40’s, hooker with heart of gold, helps Earl Williams
Peggy Grant: 20’s to mid 30’s, Hildy’s fiancée, a bit controlling, baffled by newspaper business
Mrs. Grant:  50’s to 60’s, a warrior dowager, controlling

All actors will receive a stipend at the close of the show.

Please send an email to auditions@thisisspotlight.org in order to set up a cold-reading appointment.

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