ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg City Theatre will host auditions for “Black Comedy” Monday and Tuesday, July 21-22, 7 p.m., at the theater, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg.
There will be a six-week rehearsal period. Actors are encouraged to attend the first night of auditions as the second night will be considered a callback and only a limited number of new applicants will be seen. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
Casting needs are as follows:
• Brindsley Miller, age 19-27: A young sculptor, intelligent and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself. A physically demanding role requiring athletic abilities.
• Carol Melkett, age 19-25: His fiancée. A young debutante; very pretty, very spoiled; very silly.
• Miss Furnival, age 55-70: Prissy and refined. Clad in the blouse and sack skirt of her gentility, her hair in a bun, her voice in a bun, she reveals only the repressed gestures of the middle-class spinster – until alcohol undoes her.
• Colonel Melkett, age 55-70: Carol’s commanding father. Brisk, barky, yet given to sudden vocal calms, which suggest a deep and alarming instability. It is not only the constant darkness that gives him his look of wide-eyed suspicion.
• Harold Gorringe, age 35-55: The bachelor owner of an antique-china shop, and Brindley’s neighbor. His friendship is highly conditional and possessive: sooner or later, payment for it will be asked. A specialist in emotional blackmail, he can become hysterical when slighted, or (as inevitably happens) rejected. He is older than Brindsley by several years.
• Schuppanzigh, age 35-55: A German refugee, chubby, cultivated, and effervescent. He is an entirely happy man, delighted to be in England, even if this means being employed full time by the London Electricity Board.
• Clea, age 19-27: Brindsley’s ex-mistress. Mid-20s, emotional, bright and mischievous. The challenge to her to create a dramatic situation out of the darkness is ultimately irresistible.
• Georg Bamberger: An elderly millionaire art collector, easily identifiable as such. Like the electrician, he is a German.
“Black Comedy,” written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Rob Colwell, will run Sept. 12-28 at St. Petersburg City Theatre as part of the theater's 90th season. Set in 1965, “Black Comedy” involves a struggling artist about to meet both his fiancée's father and a major art investor on the same evening. In an attempt to impress, the artist has borrowed a room full of antique furniture from his vacationing neighbor. As preparations are made for the evening, the apartment building loses power. Much more is revealed about the artist than he ever wanted brought to light.
Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Sundays, 2 p.m.