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Theatre Company schedules auditions for ‘Black Comedy’

Auditions are scheduled for “Black Comedy” presented by The Theater Company of The Dalles.

Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 2, third floor, is the location for the auditions, which take place Jan. 8 and 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.

“Black Comedy” is a farce that includes five male and three female roles.

In the play, the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated and when the lights are to be on, the stage is dark.

Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objets d’arte “borrowed” from the absent antique collector next door hoping to impress his fiancee’s pompous father and a wealthy art dealer, Schuppanzign. The fussy neighbor, Harold Gorringe, returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed teetering on the verge of a very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, an aging spinster, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.

Characters:

Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor (mid-twenties), intelligent and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself.

Carol Melkett, Brindsley fiancee. A young debutante; very petty, very spoiled, very silly. Her sound is that unmistakable, terrifying debutante quack.

Miss Furnival, a middle-aged lady. Prissy and refined. Her hair in a bun, her voice in a bun, she reveals only the repressed gestures of the middle class spinster — until alcohol undoes her!

Colonel Melkett, Carol’s commanding father. Brisk, badly, yet given to sudden vocal calms which suggest a deep and alarming instability. It is not only the constant darkness which gives him his look of wide-eyed suspicion.

Harold Gorringe, the gay and flamboyant neighbor of Brindsley. His friendship is highly conditional and possessive; sooner or later, payment for it will be asked. A specialist in emotional black-mail, he can become hysterical when slighted, or (as inevitably happens) rejected.

Schuppanzign, a German refugee, happy, cultivated, and effervescent. He is an entirely happy man, delighted to be in England, even if it means being employed full time by the London Electricity Board.

Clearly, Brindsley’s ex-mistress. Mid-twenties; dazzling, emotional, bright and mischievous. The challenge to her to create a dramatic situation out of the darkness is ultimately irresistible.

George Bamberger, an elderly millionaire art collector, easily identifiable as such. Like Schuppanzign, he is German, and very hard of hearing.

For more information, call Linda Beiter at 541-340-0163 or Bill Fehrs at 541-370-2513, or email thetheatrecompany@gorge.net. Or go online to www.thetheatrecompany .org.

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