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Open Auditions for “Quartet”

Open Auditions for “Quartet”

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Date(s) - 17/05/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Blackmore Theatre




A Comedy by Ronald Harwood

Director: Ray Virr

Thursday 17th May 2018 at 7.30pm and Sunday, 20th May 2018 at 2.30 pm at The Blackmore Theatre

Production Dates:  Monday 24th – Saturday 29th September 2018 (including a matinee performance on the Saturday)

These auditions are open to both members and non-members of The Exmouth Players (CIO). Previous acting experience is not essential. Age is also immaterial. Just pop along, live and enjoy the experience.


Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on the tenth of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday.  Jean, once married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play.

Director’s Notes

The action takes place in a retirement home for opera singers and brings together four stars of times past. They are persuaded to reprise their greatest triumph – the eponymous quartet from Rigoletto. However their failing voices mean that they will have to mime to their original recording.

The idea behind having early auditions (rehearsals start in July) is to give us time to include some “singing” rehearsals in the schedule to practice the miming of the quartet itself (there is, of course, no actual singing in the play). I intend to run the auditions as read throughs with all “auditionees” in the room sharing the read through as I feel this gives me a better feel for the individual performances. 

Although the cast are all, by definition, of retirement age I would be happy to audition younger actors who can convincingly portray a person of more mature years.

Please click here or our Blackmore Theatre Facebook page for further information, including details of the characters.

Please email leaving your name and contact details to register your interest and/or you have any queries. This information will then be passed to Ray Virr who will contact you direct.

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