Auditions Announced for PRESENT LAUGHTER at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoMiddletown Lyric Theatre
1530 Central Avenue Middletown, Ohio 45042


  • Sunday, February 18th – 2:00-4pm
  • Monday, February 19th – 7–8:15pm
  • Tuesday, February 21st – 7-8:15pm

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Cold reading from the script

PRODUCTION DATES: June 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 8:00 pm June 16th at 3:00 pm

REHEARSAL AND PRODUCTION WEEK COMMITMENT: Must be available: June 2 – June 8 without conflict

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS: NOTE: The age range of characters is based on who auditions and what is appropriate as an ensemble.

  • Garry Essendine: 40 -60 a cigarette-holder-wielding matinee idol slipping reluctantly into middle age; self-dramatizing, self-important, and hopelessly self-infatuated.
  • Liz Essendine: 40 – 50 Garry’s ex-wife and theatrical producer; charming, kind, and practical.
  • Joanna Lyppiatt: 30 – 45 Hugo’s wife; attractive, glamorous, ruthless, and shameless.
  • Monica Reed: 35 – 55 Garry’s secretary and “right-hand man”; sharp-witted, organized, acerbic.
  • Daphne Stillington: 18 – 25 Pretty ingenue; innocent and romantic but ambitious
  • Fred: 30 – 60 Garry’s smartly-dressed, cocky valet.
  • Roland Maule: 20-30 Idealistic, slightly-unbalanced, aspiring playwright
  •  Morris Dixon: 30 – 50 Garry’s friend and theatrical producer; romantic and self involved.
  • Hugo Lyppiatt: 40 – 70 Businessman and Garry’s theatrical producer; slightly pompous and oblivious.
  • Mrs. Erickson: 35-65 Garry’s eccentric housekeeper.
  • Lady Saltburn: 50-80 Wealthy, patron of the arts.


Written by Noel Coward

Directed by Charley Shafor

At the center of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered. And all hell breaks loose.


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