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Auditions for The Underpants

Theatre Company of Saugus is excited to announce Auditions for The Underpants, a comedy by the celebrated comic performer and writer Steve Martin.  The show is adapted into a hilarious farce from a play by Carl Sternheim, originally written in 1910. 

The setting is Dusseldorf, Germany.  Puritanical bureaucrat Theo fears a scandal and is outraged at his wife Louise, because her bloomers fell to the ground while she was watching a parade for the king.  A variety of characters then show up at their door inquiring about the room for rent. 

As scandal turns into spectacle, the characters reflect upon our fascination with fame, our ideas about gender roles, and our enslavement to naughtiness.  Full of wacky humor, wordplay, and masterful banter, The Underpants is relevant and most entertaining.

Auditions will be on Sunday, December 7, and Monday, December 8, 2014, starting at 7:00 PM.  Call-back auditions will be on Tuesday, December 9, starting at 7:00 PM.  Auditions are open, but you can make an appointment for a specific time by writing to TCSaugus@gmail.com.

Performances of The Underpants will be February 27 & 28, and March 1, 6, 7, 8, 2015.  Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 7:00 PM, and on Sundays starting usually at 3:00 PM.  Rehearsals will be on a few dates during the holiday season, starting on December 16, 2014, and then will occur on a full schedule through January and February 2015.

The location of auditions, rehearsals, and performances is the East Saugus United Methodist Church, at 85 Chestnut Street, at the corner of Winter Street, in Saugus, Massachusetts  01906.  

The director of The Underpants will be Larry Segel.  He has directed several shows for Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS), including Cherry Orchard,Iphegenia in Aulis, Midsummer Nights Dream, Dancing With Demons-Alcohol, and Little Women.  He co-directed Wizard of Oz and Auntie Mame.  He has acted in many other TCS shows over the past 20 years.  Larry also directed four shows for the Winthrop Playmakers.  The stage manager of The Underpants is Wesley Toma-Lee.

All roles are available.  There are roles for two women and five men, all ranging in age from 20s thru 60s.   Role descriptions are shown below. 

Auditions will include cold readings from the script.  All those auditioning are also welcomed to prepare a monologue, either comic or serious, but this is not required. 

For complete details, including directions, role descriptions, and contact information, please visit the Auditions page on the Theatre Company of Saugus website at http://tcsaugus.org.

Roles in The Underpants

Theo Maske.  A burly, masculine man aged mid 20s to mid 30s.  The husband, worried that his wife’s scandal may endanger his job.  Reluctant to have a baby until they can afford it.  Fixed ideas about health, and the roles of men and women.

Louise Maske:  A very pretty young woman, age early to mid 20s.  At first cooperative with her husband, she is intrigued by the idea of having an affair with another gentleman.  She gets caught up in her fame, and eventually learns to stand up for herself.

Gertrude Deuter:  A woman, age 42, a busybody.  The upstairs neighbor, she delights in eavesdropping, and helping Louise to have fun with her admirers.

Frank Versati:  An elegant gentleman, age 20s thru 40s.  A poet and a romantic, quite taken with the idea of wooing Louise.

Benjamin Cohen:  A sickly, thin, asthmatic man, age 20s thru 40s.  Somewhat jealous, he wants to protect Louise.  Feels he has to pretend that he is not Jewish.

Klinglehoff:  An elderly man.  A scientist, avoids shenanigans.  He is actually interested in renting the room, rather than in Louise.

The King:  An elegant man in full regalia, age 30s to 50s.  Very gracious, appearing only at the very end of the play.

Contact Information

Address: 85 Chestnut Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906

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