Auditions Announed for THE ODD COUPLE Female Version at the Footlighters, Inc.

FLI_logoThe Footlighters, Inc. is proud to announce auditions for our first show of the season, Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple, Female Version.

Directed by Tom Peters
Produced by Cathy Lutts and Freida Houck

Show dates: September 30- October 16, 2021

The director is looking for an ethnically diverse cast. The setting is in New York City and the cast needs to reflect the diversity of a large city.

Auditions will be cold readings from the script.

Auditions will be on Sunday, July 11 from 2:00 – 5:00pm and on Monday, July 12 from 6:00 – 9:00pm at The Stained Glass Theatre: 802 York Street Newport, KY 41071.

Call-backs, if needed, will be on Wednesday, July 14 from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Those auditioning, please sign up ahead of time via Sign up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448aeae2babfc1-auditions7

Rehearsals will begin mid- July.

Please note: Footlighters’ top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants. Therefore, we are respectfully requiring that all non-vaccinated people who audition wear a face mask. Footlighters will have face masks available for those that do not have their own.

SYNOPSIS
Neil Simon’s revision of his hugely successful play, The Odd Couple, sees the lead characters transformed into Olive Madison and Florence Unger. Olive and their group of girlfriends are enjoying their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy and ill-equipped apartment. As the game continues, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that the neurotic Florence might try to harm herself, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate. However, Olive and Florence have VERY different personalities. Where Olive is messy, untidy, and unconcerned about the state of her apartment, Florence is obsessively clean, tidy, and obsessed with hygiene. Olive’s easy-going outlook on life soon clashes with Florence’s highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit. When Olive organizes a double-date with the Costazuela brothers, their differences come to a head and sparks fly.

Female roles are open to all ethnicities. The Costazuela Brothers should be Hispanic.
ROLES (6 F, 2 M)

Olive Madison (Lead): Female, stage age 35-50+
Attractive, divorced, a successful television producer; vibrant, active, quick-witted, big-hearted, with an encyclopedic understanding of sports, but also relentlessly sloppy and careless when it comes to the routine concerns of her personal life. She is very much at home in running shorts and a t-shirt, and still looks smashing in a cocktail dress. The female counterpart to the original play’s Oscar Madison. She is a woman seriously in need of order in her life.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Florence Unger (Lead): Female, stage age 35-50+
Attractive, a homemaker/housewife and very recently separated from her husband, was a bookkeeper before she married, extremely “pulled together” (obsessively so), pathologically organized and neat, even sanitizes the telephone cord. Her personality is the complete antithesis of Olive’s personality. The female counterpart to the original play’s Felix Unger. A woman who badly needs to cut loose, give it up, take a risk.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities.

Mickey (Supporting): Female, stage age 35-50
A New York City policewoman and an organizer and problem solver. She  is down-to-earth, plain-talking, and has a good understanding of people; she tries very hard to be in control of all situations.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Vera (Supporting): Female, stage age 25-50
A bit literal-minded and a bit slow to get a point that everyone else gets instantly, always seems “a few beats behind the conductor”. She is  very sweet, very nice, somewhat spacey. She’s very funny but doesn’t realize it.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Sylvie (Supporting): Female, stage age 25-50
Highly energized and a wise-cracker. She is desperately trying to stop smoking, and so sucks on lollipops or chews gum; she can get irritated with her friends, but has a good sense of humor, especially about her husband; and, yes, she is pregnant in the last scene.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Renee (Supporting): stage age Female, 25-50
A wisecracker and a bit of a complainer as well. She is Sylvie’s best friend, can be very plain-spoken, especially when she points out Olive’s failings as a hostess–and then Flo’s; she is single and dating a doctor.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Manolo & Jesus Costazuela (Supporting): Male, stage age 30-42
Brothers, both flight attendants for Iberia Airlines, elegant, well-mannered and extremely polite, meticulously well dressed, good-natured, good laughers, with engaging personalities, both speak with faultless Castilian Spanish accents. Manolo may be a year or two older than Jesus. Jesus may be a little less skilled with English than is his brother. Both are very classy gentlemen. They must have good comic timing, as they get very emotional; they are sensitive and appreciate Florence’s sensitivity.
Ethnicity: Preferably Hispanic

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