Auditions for The Matchmaker Feb. 19 and 20

AUDITIONS!! Auditions for the next P2K production, Thornton Wilder’s comedy farce THE MATCHMAKER, are Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 pm. and Monday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Werlein Annex Studio. You only need to attend one session – be prepared to read from the script.

Thornton Wilder’s 1955 comedy reveals the exploits of matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, a widow who brokers marriages and other transactions in Yonkers, New York at the turn of the 20th century. Hired by local merchant Horace Vandergelder to find a wife, Dolly sets her sights on the eligible widower herself. Slapstick ensues — mistaken identities, secret rendezvous, separated lovers and even a trip to night court — but in the end everyone finds themselves paired with a perfect match.

Roles available:
• Horace Vandergelder: “60, choleric, vain and sly” The owner of a dry-goods shop in Yonkers, New York. Finally feels wealthy enough – and lonely enough – to take a new wife.
• Mrs. Dolly Levi “Uncertain age; impoverished elegance, shrewd but generous nature, an assumption of worldly cynicism conceals a tireless, amused enjoyment of life.” A friend of Vandergelder’s late wife, now engaged in the task of recruiting a suitable wife for him.
• Cornelius Hackl: “33, mock deferential” the Chief Clerk in Vandergelder’s shop – ready for an adventure.
• Barnaby Tucker: “17, round-faced, wide-eyed innocence” also a clerk, he is, likewise, ready for adventure.
• Mrs. Irene Malloy: a widow who runs her own hat shop, and longs for more.
• Minnie Fay: Mrs. Malloy’s assistant in the hat shop.
• Ambrose Kemper: “30, an artist” The opposite of Vandergelder in temperament, in love with Vandergelder’s niece, Ermengarde.
• Ermengarde: “24, pretty, sentimental“ Mr. Vandergelder’s Niece, ready to marry Ambrose Kemper.
• Malachi Stack: “50, sardonic, the appearance of humility” A new clerk in the shop.
• Gertrude: “70, deaf, half-blind, and very pleased with herself.” Mr. Vandergelder’s housekeeper
• Miss Flora Van Huysen: “50, florid, stout and sentimental” a friend of Vandergelder’s late wife.
• Joe: Mr. Vandergelder’s Barber
• A Cabman
• Rudolf and August, waiters
• Mrs. Van Huysen’s Cook

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