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Theatre Aspen’s Hurst Theatre

470 Rio Grande Place
Aspen, CO 81611

 
2020 SPRING CONSERVATORY PRODUCTION

The Foreigner

April 30 - May 3, 2020

Auditions

Saturday, February 29 | TA Studio, 110 E Hallam St #126

Individual monologue auditions followed by group readings

Students in 7th-12th grades

 

*Cast size is limited. Doubling MAY or MAY NOT be used to provide additional opportunities*

 

What to Prepare

 

Headshot/Resume/Audition Form:  Please bring a résumé of singing, acting, dance or related experience, and a headshot (need not be professional; a recent close-up snapshot will suffice). Also, please completely fill out the audition form (provided at the audition) with actor information and all scheduling conflicts during the rehearsal period – this is very important to our rehearsal scheduling process.

 

Acting: Please prepare a 45-90 second comic monologue from a play. Charlie and Froggy use British accents. All others use mild to strong American Southern accents. Please be prepared to demonstrate an accent. Cast will receive training in accents.

 

After your individual time slot, all will be invited to read from the script in a group setting from 2-4pm as needed.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, March 17. Rehearsals will be daily Monday through Thursday from 4-7pm.

Performances

Black Box Theatre

 

Thursday, April 30 @ 7:00pm

Friday, May 1 @ 7:00pm

Saturday, May 2 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Sunday, May 3 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm

 

If you have any questions regarding auditions, rehearsals or performances, please contact director Graham Northrup at graham@theatreaspen.org

Tuition

Tuition is only $595 and payable upon acceptance to the Spring Conservatory. Scholarships and payment plans available. Theatre Aspen School has never turned anyone away due to financial need.

About the Show

The Foreigner
by Larry Shue

Directed by Graham Northrup

 

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.

Character Breakdowns

Froggy LeSueur: A British military demolitions expert who occasionally conducts training operations in rural Georgia, Froggy is Charlie’s caring friend and devises the scheme that protects Charlie from having to interact with the other guests at the lodge.

 

Charlie Baker: A science-fiction copy editor for a book publishing house, Charlie is a pathologically shy little man who has a very unfaithful wife, no personality that he can think of, and a need for peace and quiet. He has accompanied his friend, Froggy to a Georgia fishing lodge much against his own better judgment.

 

Betty Meeks: The proprietor of a Georgia fishing lodge, Betty is past seventy, a widow, and a long-time friend of Froggy. She is pleasant, wise in some ways, naïve in others. She is a good-hearted, generous, “down-home” Southerner who speaks the hardy local dialect.

 

Reverend David Marshall Lee: Neither the stereotypical pallid young divinity student nor the hearty backslapping evangelist, he appears to be a regular guy, one that you would like to have on your side. He is not what he seems, however, and he is clearly the brains behind the plot he engages in with Owen Musser.

 

Catherine Simms: The pregnant and potentially rich fiancée of the Reverend Lee, she can be a formidable force and occasionally almost too much for the good reverend to handle. She has a ready wit and a sharp tongue. She badly needs someone to talk to, and, since Charlie doesn’t bother giving advice, he suits her needs perfectly. Catherine is Ellard’s sister.

 

Owen Musser: The Tilghman County property inspector, Owen is a two-tattoo man: one of them, he may have gotten while drunk or on a dare; two of them means he went back for more. Beware of a two-tattoo man. Owen, we find, is the absolute stereotype of an ill-bred southern Klansman.

 

Ellard Simms: Catherine’s brother, Ellard is an agreeable young man who is a bit slow-witted. He works as a sort of handyman for Betty and needs a considerable bit of instruction in his tasks, but may not be as dull as he seems. He is due to inherit a share of the Simms family fortune, unless the Reverend Lee can convince Catherine that Ellard is too stupid to manage money, or anything else, on his own. Ellard befriends Charlie and even decides to teach him to speak English.

Backstage Help

We are always in need of backstage help for our productions! If you are a high school student or older and are interested in assisting on one of our productions, please reach out to education@theatreaspen.org.

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