Auditions Announced for ADA AND THE ENGINE at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players announces auditions for ADA AND THE ENGINE written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Darren Lee. Auditions will be held at the theater, 4101 Walnut Creek Rd., Mariemont, OH 45227 on the following dates:

  • Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please note that Ada, Byron, and Babbage all sing in the show’s finale, and vocal ability is preferred for these roles.

Synopsis: As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future.

Production dates: May 6-22

Characters:

ADA BYRON LOVELACE – (18-36) Curious, funny, brilliant, aware of her brilliance, stories, aware of her story.  Never met her famous father, tries to be a “good girl” but just cannot help her curiosity and love of all things impossible.  A woman of our time stuck in hers.

LADY ANABELLA BYRON – (35-55) Ada’s mother, harsh, strict, jealous? Yes. But realistic.  She has had a hard life largely due to Ada’s father. Projects his sins onto her daughter.

CHARLES BABBAGE – (40-60) Ada’s soul mate, friend, mentor. Lauded genius of London. A holder of famous salons, an inventor, a mathematical scholar, a dreamer who just cannot seem to make his dreams into the metal they require to be real. Almost perfect for Ada. Almost.

LORD LOVELACE – (25-45) A gentleman who becomes Ada’s husband. He’d rather that he was more rich and more lordly but he’ll manage with his lot. A proud man. A wanting man. A serious man. Is not madly in love with Ada but she’ll do just fine.

MARY SOMMERVILLE – (40-60) Charles’ friend and colleague and Ada’s mentor. There are no women as successful and respected in science and math as her. Pragmatic, sharply friendly, someone who will tell you when you’re wrong.

BYRON – (36) A charming man, darkly funny, unpredictable, emotional, brooding but self-aware. A poet.

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