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The Great Gatsby


The Great Gatsby adapted by Peter Joucla from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald

on 18th & 19th May 2018 at 8pm

Audition Dates to be announced. See below for audition pieces.

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Auditions
Auditions will be held after our pantomime at the end of January. There will be an open script read-through on Tuesday 30th January at the Didsbury Cricket Club from 8pm. This is for anyone who might want to audition to get a chance to hear/read the script before auditioning. It does not form part of your audition and is meant as a casual introduction both to the group and the play.

Auditions will be held on dates soon after this. Still confirming venues but one will be on Tuesday 6th February at the Didsbury Cricket Club from 7.30pm.

You do not need to be a member of the group to audition. You can choose a maximum three characters to audition for (see audition pieces below). There will also be a dance audition required for anyone wanting to be in the chorus.

Audition Form - Please print out this form and fill it in before you audition. There will be some available on the day if you can't.

Principal Characters
The main characters who drive the story.

Nick - Male - Audition Piece 1, Audition Piece 2
Not the naive young man of Baz Luhrmann's film. He's a businessman who has moved to New York because of some unnamed personal mess “back West”. Attracted to Jordan but a bit intimidated by her. Never really a friend of Tom, they knew each other in college but distantly. He loves Daisy, wants to protect her. He gets swept up in the romance and story of Gatsby’s life and he sees how happy it makes him and Daisy to be together.

Tom - Male - Audition Piece 1, Audition Piece 2
Aggressive. Privileged. Doesn't like being laughed at and needs to be the biggest dog in the room. Not sure what to make of Nick, sees him as a potential hanger-on. Can't stand Gatsby as he snubs the normal rules of society but everyone loves him. Possibly loves Daisy deep down, but he takes her very much for granted and she is more a possession that he doesn't want anyone else to have. His child is irrelevant to him. 

Daisy - Female - Audition Piece 1, Audition Piece 2
She's been beautiful and rich for all of her adult life and is used to being the centre of attention, drifting through life and having fun while other people clean up and take care of the bill behind her. Now she's older, and having had a baby she can’t connect to, she's started to realise how empty that life is. Her happiness and giddiness is a thin shell around a deeply unhappy person. 

Jordan - Female - Audition Piece 1, Audition Piece 2
Dry, intelligent, no nonsense, athletic, attractive but in a confident way to contrast with Daisy's more dreamlike/natural style. She's friends with Daisy partly because she likes her but also she finds them fun to watch fall apart/gossip about. She is attracted to Nick but in a playful “a bit of fun over the summer” kind of way. 

Gatsby - Male - Audition Piece
A very sad, obsessive man. A lot like Tom at heart in that he has to be on top and be seen to have the best in everything that but he's better at hiding it and charming people. His whole life is a front. He clings to the lost love of Daisy but it's got nothing to do with her, it’s about winding back the clock to a memory he was happy in.

Chorus Members/Dancers - Male and Female
Party goers and servants, they flow through lots of scenes playing the minor characters (see below) but mainly working as a dance troupe.

Secondary Characters
These are all very significant characters to the plot but they are each only in one or two scenes. However, they will have a lot to do during those scenes. Actors could also be chorus members in other scenes, but don’t have to be.

Myrtle - Female - Audition Piece 1Audition Piece 2
Is having an affair with Tom, who constantly spoils her with gifts and treats. She can’t stand her husband for reasons never fully explained, but I think she just hates being poor. Her death is the turning point of the play, represents the party being over.

Wilson - Male - Audition Piece
An honest, hardworking man. Runs a garage between Long Island and New York and is very down on his luck. His wife Myrtle is cheating on him with Tom. When she dies in a car accident he kills Gatsby in mistaken revenge before killing himself.

Lucille - Female - Audition Piece
Quite a fun part in that she’s constantly paralytically drunk and making a fool of herself. Comes onto Nick, badly.

Wolfsheim - Male - Audition Piece
An older man (says he’s in his fifties) who is a classic 1920s gangster. Is the first crack in Gatsby’s stories about himself and needs to make Nick feel a bit uncomfortable.

Minor Characters
These are all characters who have only one or two lines. The actors for these will all also be chorus members, maybe with a hat or something to denote role where necessary.
If you wish to audition for any of these character please read the Neighbour's part of this audition piece.

Butler (x2) - Both Tom and Gatsby have a Butler who comes in at various points to deliver drinks or messages.
Wilson’s Neighbour - Is friendly with Wilson but doesn’t know him that well. Attempts to comfort him when his wife dies.
Policeman - Responds to Myrtle’s death.
Guest - A party guest at Gatsby’s who is a fan of Jordan, asks for her autograph.
Voice - Band leader at Gatsby’s party.
Chorus 1-3 - Admirers of Gatsby’s car.


This amateur production of “Great Gatsby,The” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. 
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