Auditions

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald adapted for the stage by Peter Joucla


links : audition dates | cast | script | audition pieces


Production dates : April 1, 2, 3 & 4 2020

Directed by : Sarah Frost

“Set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York City during the summer of 1922”, writes Peter Joucla, “it is a story of an attractive young man, hopelessly in love, who, having worked so hard to improve himself so he can win back the woman he loves, finds himself in a world where money has replaced humility and despair has replaced hope.”

“I am so looking forward to my directorial debut at the Wick Theatre Company”, writes Sarah Frost, “bringing all the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20s to The Barn Theatre, whilst also telling the tale of a man so consumed by hope he has lost all sense of reality.

There is opportunity for the cast to multi-role or have a different actor for each character, so casting can be flexible, and I am also keen to have ensemble roles to help create the fashionable and extravagant world of Jay Gatsby.”


Email : Sarah Frost with any questions


Audition dates


Monday November 18th : 7.45 pm –

Southwick Community Centre, BN42 4TE
&
Tuesday November 19th : 7.45 pm –

Southwick Community Centre, BN42 4TE

To audition, you do not have to be member of the Company. Do let me know if you want to audition but really can’t make the dates.


Cast


All ages are approximate and will have more to do with how the cast looks together as a whole, rather than how old you look! The play will be performed with American accents.

Jay Gatsby – (late 20s/early 30s) : Gatsby is a newly wealthy Midwesterner-turned-Easterner who orders his life around one desire: to be reunited with Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier.

Nick Carraway – (29) : Gatsby’s neighbour and Daisy’s cousin. Nick’s Midwestern sensibility finds the East an unsettling place, and he becomes disillusioned with how wealthy socialites like the Buchanans lead their lives.

Daisy Buchanan – (early/mid 20s) : Beautiful and mesmerizing, she enraptures men. She is the object of Gatsby’s desire, for good or ill, and represents women of an elite social class.

Tom Buchanan – (30) : Daisy’s hulking brute of a husband. Tom comes from an old, wealthy Chicago family and takes pride in his rough ways.

Jordan Baker – (25-35) : Professional golfer of questionable integrity. Friend of Daisy’s who, like Daisy, represents women of a particular class.

Myrtle Wilson – (30+) : Married lover of Tom Buchanan. She conducts a secret life with Tom, wherein she exhibits all the power and dominance she finds lacking in her everyday life.

George Wilson – (30+) : Myrtle’s unassuming husband. He runs a garage and gas station in the valley of ashes and seems trapped by his position in life.

Lucille McKee – (30+) : Drunk friend of Myrtle’s. An artist, striving to make it big and enjoying Myrtle’s relationship giving her a glimpse of the upper class life she longs for.

Wolfsheim – (30/40+) : Gatsby’s business associate and link to organized crime. Wolfsheim helped build Gatsby’s fortune, although the wealth came through questionable means.

Neighbour/House staff to the Buchanans/Bar tender (any age) – Can be played by members of the above cast, however I’d love to offer these roles to others that would like to be involved but would prefer a smaller role – can be with or without spoken lines.


Script


Email : Sarah


Audition pieces


Dear all,

Firstly, thank you to everyone who came to the read through, but if you missed it…don’t panic, there’s still time to audition!

Please see below audition pieces for you to familiarise yourself with before auditions if you wish. The script can be found on the Wick website under the auditions tab. Many of the scenes are conversational, so you’ll be needed to read several times to get an overall feel for a character, we may not do the full section each time. Any questions at all, please ask!

Gatsby
p43-p44
P56 (‘Is everything alright?’) – p60 (‘so much as a shiver’)
P76 (‘Mr Gatsby, I understand…’) – p79 (‘please, let’s get out’)

Daisy
p29 (‘So how is your little girl?’) – p31 (‘I haven’t heard a word’)
p57 – p60 (‘so much as a shiver’)
P76 (‘Mr Gatsby, I understand…’) – p79 (‘please, let’s get out’)

Tom
p26 (‘civilisation’s going to pieces’) – (do you see?’)
P76 (‘Mr Gatsby, I understand…’) – p79 (‘please, let’s get out’)

Nick
p27 (‘This Mr Gatsby…’) – p31 (‘I haven’t heard a word’)
p34 – 36 (‘bye’)
p41 (‘I’m drunk’) – p44 (‘rejoin you later’)
p56 – 58

Jordan
p27 (‘This Mr Gatsby…’) – p29 (Come on, they’re back’)
p41 (‘I’m drunk’) – p43 (’There you are’)

George Wilson
p87 – p88
p73 – end of scene 13

Myrtle
p38 – p40

Lucille McKee
p36 (‘Do you live down on Long Island too?’) – p40 (‘I need to tell you what to buy tomorrow’)

Wolfsheim
p47 – p50

Ensemble speaking parts
p87 – p88

See you all on 18th-19th November at 19.45 at Southwick’s Community Centre

Email : Sarah with any questions