AUDITION NOTICE: Daisy Pulls It Off
WT is committed to being a diverse and open organisation. Auditions are open to anyone, regardless of background or experience, and we particularly welcome those who have been traditionally under-represented in theatre.
Please note that these auditions have now closed.
Welcome to Grangewood School for Girls! One of the most famous educational establishments in the country. It’s 1927 and our heroine, Daisy Meredith is the first scholarship girl from an elementary school, to be allowed access to these hallowed halls. Enthusiastic and plucky to the last, Daisy finds herself struggling against unspeakable snobs Sybil and Monica and their ghastly schemes to get her expelled. However, with her new best chum, madcap and self-styled poet, Trixie Martin, Daisy finds herself caught up in a series of irresistible adventures, topping midnight feasts, a nail-biting hockey match and a hunt for long lost treasure that could save the school from financial ruin.
This riotous and affectionate pastiche of the classic girls’ school story was a huge West End hit and won the Olivier Award and Drama Theatre Award for Best Comedy. Full of hilarious characters and splendid scrapes, Daisy Pulls it Off celebrates, with a sly wit and a big heart, an arguably sweeter, more innocent era. Mel was lucky enough to direct this wonderful play by Denise Deegan in Maidenhead in 2003 so knows first-hand that our audiences will simply adore it… and rehearsals should be an absolute hoot!
We need the following spiffing cast to portray these jolly comedic characters.
- Miss Gibson – The much-loved Headmistress – Ideal for a slightly more mature actress, happy to address an audience
- Daisy Meredith – Our plucky heroine – lots of lines – a wonderful part for a confident comedienne
- Mother / Madamoiselle – Daisy’s mother / French Mistress – The opportunity for a bit of doubling-up
- Trixie Martin – Daisy’s best chum – thoroughly spiffing sort
- Sybil Burlington – Beautiful, Snobby, Terribly Rich Parents, Not a fan of Daisy!
- Monica Smithers – Sybil’s equally beastly ‘side-kick’
- Clare Beaumont – Head Girl and Sports Captain – Adored by all
- Alice Fitzpatrick – Prefect and Deputy Sports Captain and Best Chum of Clare Beaumont
- Belinda Mathieson – Captain of the Upper Fourth
- Miss Granville – Firm but fair form mistress of the upper fourth
- Winnie Irving – Member of the second form
- Dora Johnston – Member of the Upper Fourth
- Mr Scoblowski – The enigmatic Russian Music Teacher
- Mr Thompson – The Caretaker … or is he?
Much of the comedy within the play is down to the pupils being played by adults.
The following age ranges are to be used only as a guide, as stature and performance are equally important:
- Staff, Mother – 40 +
- Clare, Alice – 30+
- Upper Fourth – 20/30+
- Lower School – Late Teens/20’s
Read-through: Monday 4th April (7:45 at WT)
Auditions: Thursday 7th April and Monday 11th April (7:45 at WT)
Auditions will involve reading parts of scenes in pairs or groups. No preparation necessary.
Performance dates are 13th to 23rd July.
Rehearsals will start on 19th April and take place Mondays and Thursdays.
Please contact us for more info about the script or with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!
s. lane260@ntlworld. com
Sue De Quidt