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THE MISSING PAGES OF LEWIS CARROLL

A World Premiere
by Lily Blau
Directed by Abigail Deser
Casting Director: Raul Staggs

Open Call:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
12pm – 8pm
One hour break for dinner 4pm – 5pm

No appointments - auditioners will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.  You will arrive and sign in for a time slot.  No phone calls please.  If you have a question please email us at:  audition@bostoncourt.com
Please note we will NOT accept online submissions, nor will we take rain checks or make appointments at this email address.

FOR ALL CHARACTERS: Please bring a headshot and resume and prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue to be performed with a British accent

Character descriptions listed below.

LOCATION:  Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA  91106

Parking lot is located behind the building but please enter through the front of the building into the lobby.  There is also nearby street parking available.
CONTRACT: AEA 99-seat (Non-union okay)

RATE: $400 one-time rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance

SCHEDULE:
Rehearsals Begin – Dec. 2, 2014
Tech – Jan. 16 – 18, 2015
Dress Rehearsals –Jan. 20 & 21, 2015
Previews Begin – Jan. 22, 2015
Opening – Jan. 31, 2015
Runs through March 1, 2015 with possible extension through March 15, 2015 TBD
Performance Schedule: Thurs-Sat evenings, Sunday matinees (one added Wed. evening performance on Feb. 25, 2015)

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
The beloved British writer Lewis Carroll kept a detailed journal of his life, including his close friendship with young Alice Liddell, the 11-year-old muse who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Upon Carroll’s death it was discovered that several pages of this otherwise immaculate journal had been torn out. Now after more than a century of swirling rumors, this play takes us down the rabbit hole to explore these missing pages and what might have occurred between the legendary storyteller and the young girl who inspired one of the most famous stories ever written.

SEEKING:

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson: Ages 30-31 and later 47. Caucasian .The man who will eventually be known as Lewis Carroll, the creator of Alice in Wonderland, Charles is the kindest man you know. Shy and reserved around other adults, he is often plagued by a stutter that abates only when he is truly at ease, usually around children. His genuine, playful spirit and delightful sense of humor are coupled with a razor sharp mind, the powers of which he is ready to turn on anyone but himself. RP British dialect.  SEEKING UNDERSTUDY ONLY.

Alice Liddell:   Ages 10-11 and later 27, to be played by an adult. Caucasian .The willful middle child, Alice has always strained against the constrictions set in place by her mother and Victorian society. Now, caught on the cusp of adolescence, Alice’s precocious nature and burgeoning desires push her toward consequences beyond what she is ready to understand. RP British dialect.   

Lorina (Ina) Liddell:   Ages 13-14, Alice's older sister, to be played by an adult. Caucasian.  Poised one stage beyond Alice, at the edge of womanhood, Lorina is all her mother ever hoped she could be—marriageable, skilled socially and very smart about what’s important for a lady of her age and time.  Though she is loving at heart, her protective feelings toward Alice often come out cruelly.  RP British dialect. 

Edith Liddell: Ages 8-9, Alice's younger sister, to be played by an adult. Caucasian.  Edith, the baby of the family, has been sickly since early childhood, and so, coddled by her mother and Ina. Though shy around most adults, Edith grows quickly to adore Charles. In contrast to Alice, Edith is truly still a little girl. RP British dialect.   

 Mrs. Lorina Liddell:    Mid-late 30s. Caucasian.  The girls' mother. Also appears as the Queen of Hearts. A beauty that married up, Mrs. Liddell knows every social code with the flawless precision of a one-time outsider. She is constantly competing with the rest of the college for her husband’s attention and so has learned to find bits of what she lacks in the admiring glances of young male students. Her identity is equally that of a mother and a woman, and this fact has begun to cause conflict as her daughters edge toward being women themselves. RP British dialect.   

Dean Henry Liddell:   Late 40’s. Caucasian.  The girls' father, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. Also appears as the Cheshire Cat. Though a tremendous success in his field, Dean Liddell’s dream of modernizing the college rubs much of its faculty the wrong way. The Dean is indebted to Charles for Charles’s support, but he unequivocally holds the power in their relationship. Always preoccupied with work, the Dean’s manner is often friendly, but he does have claws, and they are sharp. RP British dialect.   

The White RabbitAll ethnicities encouraged to audition.   A toy come to life, a figment of Charles's imagination. Charismatic and sure of himself, over the course of the play, the White Rabbit is both Charles’s worst nightmare and his most intimate companion. Though at times his treatment of Charles verges on brutal, it is only because he truly cares, and time is running out. RP and Cockney British dialects. Physical agility important. 
Also plays --
Mr. Lapin:                   A photographer.
Mr. Macmillan:          Charles's editor.
Butler:                         Liddell family employee.
Lord Newry:               A dashing, wealthy student of Christ Church, Oxford.

Also seeking understudies for all roles; understudies are guaranteed two performances outside of the regular run, and are paid a one-time $200 rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance.

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