The Ross Valley Players are having open auditions for our upcoming production of Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World. Written by Peter Quilter and directed by Billie Cox of last season’s hit Impressionism. Auditions by appointment only.
When: Saturday, July 25th from 2 pm – 5pm
and Sunday, July 26th from 5 – 9 pm
Callbacks are by invitation only on Saturday, August 1 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Where: Ross Valley Players Barn
Marin Art & Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross, CA 94957
What: Prepare two contrasting monologues, each less than one-minute long, one comedic and one dramatic.
Email: email@example.com for an appointment.
Rehearsals start Monday, August 3rd. Rehearsals will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 to 10 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Thursday rehearsals will be added starting on August 20. Tech is scheduled on Sunday, September 13. The show opens on September 18.
Performances Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. There is no Sunday matinee the first weekend. The show closes on Sunday, October 18. There is a $100 stipend. Non-AEA only.
The part of Florence Foster Jenkins has been cast, but we will be giving consideration to casting an understudy. All other roles are open and are as follows:
Florence Foster Jenkins (understudy) – Eccentric American lady, 60s-70s. Should be a good singer, ideally a colartura.
Cosme McMoon – Male, early 30s, piano playing not required. It would be excellent addition, but acting ability trumps piano playing.
St. Clair – Male, 60s-70s, Florence’s English boyfriend. Ebullient, lover of life, food and wine (and women).
Dorothy – Female, 60s – 70s. Florence’s friend.
Maria – Female. Florence and St. Clair’s Mexican cook/housemaid. Role is entirely in Spanish. Dry wit a plus.
Mrs. Verrinder – Gedge Florence’s nemesis. An American lady of middle age.
First Lady of the Sliding Scale
Jenkins is the hottest ticket in town, and not for the reasons you’d think. An enthusiastic soprano with less than perfect pitch, she warbles and screeches her way through arias by Mozart and Strauss, accompanied by her trusty pianist. But this delusional and joyously happy woman pays little attention to her critics, and instead surrounds herself with devoted friends and fans nearly as eccentric as herself.
Based upon a true story, the play follows plucky Florence through charity recitals, balls, bizarre recording sessions, and ultimately to her triumphant performance at Carnegie Hall. Take a journey with Florence and her pianist Cosme McCoon to rediscover the definition of passion! Directed by Billie Cox.
“Delightful and often blissfully funny…this is a cult hit if I ever saw one.” – Daily Telegraph