Au­di­tions for ‘Watch on the Rhine’ are Nov. 3, 5, 7

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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.

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