Auditions: No Names, No Packdrill

AUDITIONS for the Old Mill Theatre’s last play of the year, Bob Herbert’s No Names, No Packdrill will be held from 10am, Saturday, July 25, at the theatre. The season is December 4-19 with rehearsal times TBC.

For ALL enquiries, please contact director Tim Prosser directly on 9361 1348 or email mr.prosser58@gmail.com (do not leave a message here on the website).

CAST REQUIRED:

Rebel (stage age 24): Rebel is a US Marine-deserter from the southern American state of Georgia. He is the product of a violent and abusive upbringing and claims to be a coward, despite having already seen plenty of action and been wounded into the bargain. It transpires that a major part of the motivation for his desertion is to return home and kill his father, who he blames for his cowardice. Hiding out in Kathy’s Kings Cross flat, while waiting on arrangements for his escape, he hadn’t counted on falling in love. The actor needs to be athletic in build, capable of expressing a combination of desperation and self-effacing humour and, not least important, able to portray a convincing Georgian accent.

Kathy (stage age 26): Kathy is a no-nonsense, straight-talking Australian woman, well-versed in the ways of men and the daily grind of city life. She’s no tramp, though, and endeavours to maintain her respectability as a married woman whose husband is away at the war. She does, however, find time for some enjoyment in an otherwise dull daily routine and will stand being led astray on occasion… but only so far.

Tiger: (stage age mid-to-late 20s): Known as Tiger because his name is Kelly (a character from the Ginger Meggs comic), he is a fast-talking, street-wise profiteer, dealing in black market goods, having successfully avoided military service with excuses of physical unfitness. Nevertheless, he is not averse to making threats of violence or actually carrying out violence. The actor must be capable of portraying a cheeky, superficial cheerfulness with a definite, menacing edge.

Joycie (stage age 19): Joycie is Kathy’s unlikely younger friend, simply because they happen to work together in the post office mail-sorting room. Not particularly bright and susceptible to being led astray by older men, she nevertheless is having the time of her life while being escorted around swanky nightclubs, hotels and restaurants  by American servicemen with bulging wallets. Kathy, a sort of older sister figure, tries to look out for Joycie, unsuccessfully most of the time. Joycie is currently being squired around town by a middle-aged American Air Force corporal called Bernie. She and Bernie are the comic relief in the play.

Browning (stage age mid-to-late-40s): Detective Sergeant Browning is the fair-minded World War I veteran who is somewhat sympathetic to Rebel’s situation and persuades the American Military Police to go a bit easier on him than they otherwise would have done. The actor doesn’t necessarily need to be of stocky build but will need to be capable of portraying the bearing of a senior policeman.

Webb (stage age mid-20s to early 30s): Constable Webb is Det-Sgt Browning’s offsider. Eager to appear competent and alert. Not a large role but also, like Browning, must be convincing as a serious-minded policeman.

Lambert (stage age mid-20s to mid-30s): Corporal Lambert, of the American Military Police, is well-built (as most MPs are) and business-like in his demeanour, though always courteous to civilians. He’s heard all the jokes and has no time for them. Neither is he interested in excuses: he just has a job to do. American accent can be nondescript but must be consistent.

Wood (stage age early 20s): PFC (Private First Class) Wood is Corporal Lambert’s offsider. Not very bright but built for police work and eager to please. Not a large role, with few lines, but must be able to speak with convincing American accent.

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