‘The Great Gatsby’ Auditions Will Be Held
The Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown announces audition dates for the first show of its new season, ‘The Great Gatsby.’ Auditions dates are set for Monday and Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at LBLTJ. The show will open Jan. 31, 2020, and run weekends through Feb. 9. The show will be directed by Robert Schlick.
In Simon Levy’s new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, Jay Gatsby is a self-made millionaire, and a romantic idealist who passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, and green to the lives of the wealthy people he encounters, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed, and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age comes to life through Levy’s adaptation.
The production will have multiple scene changes and 1920s costuming. Many crew people will be needed in order for the show to run smoothly. Anyone interested in helping to build the sets, sew costumes, or work backstage in any capacity, please stop in on the night of auditions and leave your name and number. Or you can call the theatre, 483-1095, to be put in touch with the director.
The show has roles for five males and four females with several minor roles also needed. Persons trying out for the show will do cold readings from the script. For more information, call the theater.
Jay Gatsby — A romantic idealist. He has a disarming smile with a quality of eternal reassurance in it. Gatsby’s elaborate formality of speech just misses being absurd. His tanned skin is drawn attractively tight on his face, and his short hair looks as though it is trimmed daily.
Daisy Buchanan — Southern, mercurial, utterly compelling, and always the center of attention, she has a voice that sounds like money. In truth, she is a classic manic/depressive.
Nick Carraway — Midwestern, with a kind face and gentle manner. He narrates the show.
Tom Buchanan — Daisy’s husband. He is sturdy, with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. He has a powerful cruel body. His size and money have made him brutal. He consumes alcohol the way he used to play football.
Jordan Baker — Daisy’s friend – Southern – A professional golfer – athletic, emancipated, and self-assured. She has an erect carriage which she accentuates by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet.
Myrtle Wilson — Tom’s girlfriend with a “New York accent.” She’s fleshy and sensual. There is an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body are continually smoldering.
George Wilson — Myrtle’s husband. A New Yorker. He is spiritless and anemic.
Meyer Wolfsheim — A small, gravely-voiced man with a large head and two fine growths of hair which luxuriate in either nostril. He is well-dressed with a Panama hat, pocket handkerchief, lots of big rings, and cuff links made from human molars. “He’s the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919.”
Chester McKee — A pale, feminine man. Snobby.
Lucille McKee — Shrill, languid, handsome, horrible, silly and vapid.
There are several minor roles which include: Michaelis, policeman, butler, waitress, chauffeur, manservant, and several 1920s dancers.