by Robin Hawdon; directed by Bob Lack
SEASON: late March
AUDITIONS: 2:30pm on Sunday 17 December at THEATREWORKS
Mairangi Players' first production for 2018 will be Perfect Wedding. This is a fast moving multi-layered comedy, requiring skilled and uninhibited actors.
PLOT: A bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning in his own bridal suite (where, of course, he should not be), with his bride-to-be about to arrive any moment. He finds a strange woman naked in bed beside him. An extremely attractive woman who, in the depths of his post stag-night hangover, he can't remember even having been introduced to. During the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the way, the bride arrives, the stranger is trapped in the bathroom, the best man pretends the stranger is his girl friend, which means that his real girl friend has to be kept ignorant of the fact. Then the bride's parents arrive ... and amidst all the chaos there is a touching love story.
Rachel - the bride. Described as "always in control". The script calls for Rachel to have an ear-splitting whistle, but failing this the ability to produce a very loud voice could serve.
Bill - the groom. Described as "rarely in control", and as the plot unfolds he definitely panics!
Judy - the stranger in Bill's bed. Described as "very attractive", she is also quietly confident.
Tom - the best man. Described as "solid and dependable", Tom is Bill's best friend, doing what he can to keep the peace. But we find late in the play that he carries a torch for Rachel.
The complex and conflicting emotions between these four characters make the core of the story. Each is on stage for between 60% and 80% of the play. There is some kissing and petting between them (particularly Bill and Judy), and the first three get changed on stage. Rachel and Judy need to be of similar size, since at different times they each put on the same wedding dress.
Julie - the chambermaid. Described as "kooky and volatile", this is a lovely character part, on stage for about 60% of the play. Ideally of a similar size to Judy, since Judy wears Julie's costume at one point; but a little disparity could add to the humour. The script calls for Julie to have an ear-splitting whistle, but failing this the ability to produce a very loud voice could serve.
Daphne - the bride's mother. Described as "emotional", Daphne is a perfectly nice woman, who doesn't enjoy seeing her daughter's wedding day unravelling. On stage for about 30% of the play.
Ages are variable for all cast members, but it is important that the situations and relationships are believable. Hence all apart from Daphne need to be of a similar age, between say 20 and 40. Daphne needs to be 20 to 30 years older than Rachel.
Setting will be NZ or UK depending on the cast selected.
Commitment: It's proposed to hold an initial read-through on Wednesday 20 December, then to hold rehearsals on Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings, from 15 January. A draft schedule is available.
The SEASON will be late March, probably March 23rd - 31st.
A group audition will be held at TheatreWorks, Recreation Drive, Birkenhead at 2:30pm on Sunday 17 December. No specified passages need be prepared but candidates are encouraged to look at the script and to come prepared to read and to act in character. If required callbacks will be held in the same venue from 7:30pm on Monday 18 December.
Questions & Scripts
Please contact the director, Bob Lack via on
Note to auditionees: Mairangi Players is a community theatre group. All performers are requested to become paid members of Mairangi Players, and you may be asked to provide a plate for Gala night.
Anyone attending our drama classes is automatically a member of the club.
Check out our membership page for more details.