Forthcoming production - 20-23 May 2020 We Happy Few by Imogen Stubbs
Belmont plans to perform 'We Happy Few', by Imogen Stubbs, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, during May 2020.
The play was inspired by the true story of a group of actresses, who formed a travelling theatre company during the second World War to bring culture and entertainment to parts of the country that were war-torn and deprived of such events. The story follows the formation of the company and their life ‘on the road’. It includes excerpts from a number of plays, including Shakespeare and Shaw, as well as music, with a few songs (including a couple of solos) and gentle dance numbers (these will not necessarily involve the full company). The song and dance sections are not big production numbers, but are important as part of the on-going action. Our director expects this to a be good fun show to rehearse and watch, whilst hopefully being a fitting tribute to the VE Day celebrations.
Performance dates are scheduled for 20 - 23 May (four evenings and one Saturday matinee performance).
As we begin preparations for this performance, we invite anyone interested in being involved on stage, backstage, or front of house during performances, to get in touch.
The read through for performers will be held on Wednesday 22 January 2020, followed by auditions on Wednesday 29 January 2020. Both will be held at Carpenders Park Community Hall, starting at 19.45.
We are looking for a cast of eight ladies and two men, ages range from 20s - 60s. Character details below:
Hetty, 40s/50s. Privileged childhood, academic, passionate about theatre, single
Flora, 50s/60s. Hetty’s friend - God-mother - fusses over her. Sings and dances
Helen, 50s. Out of work professional actress (has-been), bitter - a lush. Her daughter Rosalind is a constant reminder that she is getting old. Sings and dances
Rosalind, 20s/30s. Helen’s daughter, who has just left RADA - never had much love or attention from her mother. Has a lesbian relationship with Charlie (not much physical evidence of this in the play). Sings & dances
Charlie, 20s/30s. Cockney tom-boy. Fixes cars - has lesbian relationship with Rosalind. Sings & dances
Ivy, 20s/30s. Serving girl, could have Midland’s accent. Should have a good solo voice
Jocelyn, 60+. Eccentric, fund raising widow. Sings, one of which is solo
Gertrude, 50s/60s. German, Jewish refugee, who plays piano for troupe (mimed, probably)
Joseph, 30s. Gertrude’s son. German, plays saxophone (probably mimed), and falls for Ivy
Reggie, 60s/70s. Flora’s cousin, and some of group stay in his house. This performer will be playing other characters that appear through the play.
Please note - there are other small roles that appear during the show that could be doubled with those above, or we will look for one male and one female, in addition to the above. These roles could possibly join in song and dance numbers.
Interested in auditioning for a Belmont Theatre production or want to learn more about joining the group? Call 07917 324179 or email email@example.com