Auditions Announced for SEE HOW THEY RUN at Troy Civic Theatre

TROY_logoDirector Michael Schumacher is seeking three women and six men for the Philip King comedy, SEE HOW THEY RUN.

Aug. 1 & 2 from 7-8:30pm
Troy Civic Theatre – 76 Adams Street

SEE HOW THEY RUN is an English farce set shortly after the end of World War II in the living room of the vicarage belonging to Penelope Topp, in the fictitious village Merton-cum-Middlewick. Penelope is an American former actress and now wife of the local vicar, the Rev. Lionel Toop. When the vicar leaves for the night, an old friend of Penelope’s, Lance-Corporal Clive Winton, stops by on a quick visit. To dodge army regulations while out on the town, he changes from his uniform into Lionel’s second-best suit, complete with a clerical dog-collar. Then Lionel, arriving back, is knocked silly by a Russian escaped from the local Army base, who takes the vicar’s clothes as a disguise. Add to the confusion a feisty cockney maid, the local busybody getting drunk for the first time, and both Penelope’s uncle, the Bishop of Lax, and Aurther Humphrey, a visiting vicar, unexpectedly showing up early. Chaos quickly ensues, culminating in a cycle of running figures and mistaken identities.


  • Penelope Toop: Former American actress, now married to the vicar. Fun loving and eager to please; willing to have some adventure.
  • Ida: A cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, fun, flirty character with attitude.
  • Miss Skillon: A busybody churchgoer of the parish, pops in often to complain to the vicar about the latest ‘outrages’ that Penelope has caused.
  • The Reverend Lionel Toop: Vicar of a small parish in England. Although a bit stuffy, he did marry Penelope!
  • Corporal Clive Winton: An American soldier stationed in England. “Friend” of Penelope’s and former cast member in a touring show.
  • The Bishop of Lax: Penelope’s Uncle. A rather sedate, conservative member of the clergy.
  • The Man: Russian spy escaped prisoner from nearby military base.
  • The Reverend Arthur Humphrey: A docile clergy man coming to visit.
  • Sergeant Towers: A cockney Army Sergeant in search of the escaped prisoner.

Plan to read from the script and be prepared to list all your time conflicts between August 4th and October 9th. This is a fast paced comedy so come with energy and be prepared to move.

Experienced actors/actresses and first-timers welcome! Helpers are also needed for the production crew: set building, set painting, props, costumes, make-up/hair, publicity, and more.

Performances will be September 30th, October 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th. Fridays and Saturdays are at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

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