09 October 2008

Casting - The Philadelphia Story

Truth be told, we could have cast this show TWICE with the female talent that auditioned... several very strong female performances were left with nothing to show for it except (and this is important) me recognizing your talent is impressive. The other point (also important) is academic eligibility factored into some of the decisions this go around, with both genders. Size of roles for some were reduced to lessen our exposure should we lose someone to grades late in the run. Some people were not cast at all as a result of these concerns. The final issue on this one is the scary short production calendar - five weeks (a continuing crunch from the Lear delay) is too short for comfort. Some casting choices were made with that in mind, as well.

Tracy Lord......Kayla Garrett
Dinah Lord......Kelsey Garrett
Margaret Lord......Jenny Warren
Alexander (Sandy) Lord......Tyler Spano
William (Uncle Willie) Tracy......Jacob Schatz
Elizabeth (Liz) Embry......Gabby Mahon
Macauley (Mike) Connor......Chase Medeiros
George Kittredge......Grant Hendrix
CK Dexter Haven......Dylan Guttridge
Seth Lord......Willie Sloan
Thomas / Crew / Understudy......Jordan Buttolph
Elsie/ Crew / Understudy......Danielle Mannino
Mac / Crew/ Understudy......TJ Todd
May / Crew / Understudy......Brianna Gowland
Edward / Crew......Dillon Kline

Scripts were ordered on Tuesday and will likely arrive either tomorrow or Monday. Monday's rehearsal (4pm) is a read thru.
Sandra Schaefer is the production stage manager. I will be designing the bulk of the physical set, though set dressing may be someone else's gig. Kelsie Miller will likely be the lead on construction in StageCraft class. Katy Young will be the main wrangler of logistics back stage. Isabelle Schuler will also have some backstage duties (costume coordinator, Belle? Talk to me). The actors who are playing the 'help' (two butlers, two maids, and a night watchman) will be the scene change crew.


Anonymous said...

When can we get scripts?

Anonymous said...

Just a reminder- I won't be here on monday because thats when my mom and I are driving back to medford from our college visit.

but i will be here on tuesday!

Lola said...

"Katy Young will be the main wrangler of logistics back stage."

I don't know why that makes me happy.
maybe because my name and the word 'wrangler' was used in the same sentence. it's a first.

again, Doty, let me know when you want me to start showing up.