CVLT Needs Your Talent!
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre depends on volunteer talent for all of its plays each season. Our auditions are open to anyone with an interest in performing in community theater. Age ranges, experience levels and other requirements change from production to production, so keep your eyes on us - you just may be the one we're looking for!
Auditions are publicized right here on our website, as well as via our mailing list, our Facebook page, our Twitter feed and via Fred Sternfeld's the Northeast Ohio Performing Arts List (NEohioPAL). You may also find our audition notices in your local newspapers from time to time.
THE CURIOUS SAVAGE
by John Patrick
Directed by Laurel Bryant
Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These latter, knowing that the widow's wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses." But Mrs. Savage is determined to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. In the sanatorium she meets various social misfits, who need the help only Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she leads them on a merry chase in their search to locate the missing funds. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans. A delightful play where each "guest" in the sanatorium realizes at last some hopeless dream for something they were never able to realize. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty.
Sunday, January 26 at 7 PM
Monday, January 27 at 7 PM
Wednesday, January 29 at 7 PM
Auditions to be held in CVLT's 'Red Barn' Annex, 38 River Street, next door to the main theatre building.
March 28th - April 12th, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Looking for 6 men and 5 women (Ages 20 - 60's for both) - all are great, meaty roles!
Residents of The Cloisters:
- Florence Williams: (20s-40s) The elegant "mother" of The Cloisters, she believes she has a five-year-old son
- Fairy May: (early 20s) Fairy is a compulsive liar who is obsessed with having others love her. She is unkempt throughout the play, but believes herself to be stunningly beautiful. She is also very child-like, behaving and speaking in the tone of a six year old.
- Jeffrey: (20s-30s) Once a military pilot, Jeff was shot down in the war, surviving a crash that killed all his men. He now believes that he has a scar on his face, which he constantly hides from others. He plays the piano.
- Hannibal: (20s-50s) Hannibal, once a statistician, was fired and replaced by an electronic calculator. He has then taken up the violin, which he wrongly believes he can play beautifully.
- Mrs. Paddy: (40s-50s) Mrs. Paddy paints bad seascapes, Stopped talking when her husband told her to "shut up" one day, and she hasn't spoken since. She only speaks to announce what she hates. She hates "everything in the world." She has given up electricity for Lent and turns off all the lights multiple times throughout the play, causing mayhem.
- Titus: is the least popular senator in Congress. He is sober, humorless, and direct.
- Lily Belle: once married to a Slovak prince, and has remarried five times since then. A celebrity heiress, she is arrogant, chic, and self-assured.
- Samuel: A judge with the most overturned decisions in the U.S. He walks in the shadows of his siblings, offering a short comment every once in a while, only to be shot down.
- Mrs. Ethel P. Savage: Crafty but kindhearted woman with a shifted viewpoint of humanity. The events of the play are centered around her. She dislikes her stepchildren, but learns to love the residents of The Cloisters.
- Dr. Emmett: The staff doctor for this wing of The Cloisters, Dr. Emmett is kind, warmhearted, and he works hard to help his patients.
- Miss "Willie" Wilhelmina: Firm but kind-hearted administrative assistant and nurse.