SPTC holds auditions for “Death Takes a Holiday” this weekend

September 14, 2012
Santa Paula News

Santa Paula Theater Center will hold open auditions for the classic comedy “Death Takes a Holiday” by Alberto Cassella, rewritten for the American stage by Walter Ferris, on Saturday, September 15 from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, September 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Monday, September 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th Street. 

Directed by Tom Eubanks, “Death Takes a Holiday” finds the Grim Reaper weary of always being misunderstood. Suspending his activities to take on a human form, Death passes himself off as a visiting prince and falls in love with a beautiful girl. Through her, he realizes why mortals fear him. The most recent retelling of this classic tale featured Brad Pitt in “Meet Joe Black.”

Roles are available for six females and seven males. Female roles include Cora - Italian house maid (minor role), 20-80 years old, Italian accent preferred; Alda - a woman of about 28 (play 25-30), major role, her manner suggests a restrained restlessness and hunger, blasé, with unsatisfied emotion playing with it, slight Italian accent preferred;  Duchess Stephanie - a “dark” and mysterious-looking woman of about 40 (play 40-45), major role, Italian accent preferred;  Princess of San Luca - a fair, sweet, maternal and solicitous woman of 40-45, major role, slight Italian accent preferred; Rhoda Fenton - a handsome, straightforward English girl of about 24, major role, English accent preferred; Grazia (Princess of San Luca’s daughter) - a lovely girl of 18, charming and gentle but oddly remote, major lead role, Italian accent. Male roles include  Fedele - Italian butler (minor role), 20-80 years old, Italian accent preferred; Duke Lambert - a man of about 45 (play 45-50) with an air of good health and good breeding, major lead role, Italian accent;  Baron Cesarea - a rough and frank man of 75 (play 75) with a merry eye and positive outlook, major role, Italian accent; Corrado (Duke’s son) - a handsome, fun-seeking, mannered man of 22, major role, Italian accent;  Eric Fenton (Rhoda’s brother) - an intelligent-looking Englishman of about 22, English accent; Prince Sirki (Shadow) - a man of distinguished appearance with the pleasantly modulated voice of a man of the world, he is “Death,” but he has charisma, laced with dread, must have a strong - not melodramatic - presence (although fantastical, this role must be played with a reality of character - nothing overt), play 30-35, slight Russian accent; Major Whitread - a lean, tanned, distinguished soldier of about 40 (play 40-50), minor role, English accent preferred.

“Death Takes a Holiday” will play weekends from November 16 through December 23 at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. This is a non-union production. There is no pay. For more information or to make an auditions appointment, please contact Leticia Mattson at 805-878-5201 or via email at LPMattson@verizon.net. Walk-ups will also be welcomed.   www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

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