Auditions for ‘Watch on the Rhine’ are Nov. 3, 5, 7
CHURCH HILL — Lillian Hellman’s “Watch on the Rhine” will open the 2019 season at Church Hill Theatre.
Directed by Mary Averill James, the play will run for three weekends from Jan. 18 to Feb. 3.
Rehearsals will begin as soon as possible after auditions to allow the cast time to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families, a news release states.
“Watch on the Rhine” takes place near Washington, D.C., just before the outbreak of World War II, at the wealthy Farrelly home. Tensions arise when Fanny Farrelly’s visiting daughter Sara and her German patriot husband interact with an entitled Romanian houseguest.
“Watch on the Rhine” received the 1941 New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for the best play and was widely praised for its anti-Nazi theme, the release states.
James is making her directorial debut at Church Hill Theatre but brings substantial experience from St. Martin’s Community Theatre and the Co- lonial Players, the release states.
“Watch on the Rhine” has roles for men, women and children, spanning a flexible range of ages and ethnicities, with the smaller parts playing key roles in the drama. Auditioners will be asked to participate in cold readings from the script. James also invites those interested in backstage or technical positions to come to an audition.
Auditions will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 on the Church Hill Theatre stage. If needed, call-backs will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The characters in “Watch on the Rhine” are:
Fanny Farrelly, 60s to 70s, a wealthy and well-connected Virginia matron;
David Farrelly, her son, 30 to 40s, attracted to Marthe;
Sara Mueller, Fanny’s daughter, in her 40s;
Kurt Mueller, Sara’s German husband, 40s to early 50s; Joshua Mueller, their teen-aged son; Babette Mueller, a 10 to 12 year old girl; Bodo Mueller, a younger son; Joseph, the Farrelly butler, is an older African American;
Anise, Fanny’s long-time French housekeeper;
Teck de Brancovis, a sophisticated Romanian count, 30s to 50s;
Marthe de Brancovis, his wife 20s to 30s.
Contact the Church Hill Theatre at 410-556-6003 or execmanager@ churchhilltheatre.org with any questions about the play, the roles or the audition schedule.