By Peter Quilter
Directed by Norman McPhee
New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins had a passion for singing, but a disastruos voice that left audiences crying with laughter. Undaunted, the "Diva of Din" not only made bizarre recordings and gave unbelievable recitals in small venues; her ultimate triumph was to fill Carnegie Hall. This glittering comedy tells the true and endaring story of the joyful Madame Jenkins and her devoted friends, who were almost as eccentric as she was.
Produced by Racine Theatre Guild at Racine Theatre Guild Auditorium, 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine
Performances: January 20 - February 5, 2012
Performance Times: Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Also 2 p.m. on 1/28, 7 p.m. on 1/29, 7 p.m. on 2/2 & 4 p.m. on 2/4.
Ticket Prices: $11-17
Call 262-633-4218 for reservations or more information.
Auditions will be held on the following days:
There are roles for four women and one or two men. Three of the women should be in the 40 to 60ís age range. The fourth woman, Maria the maid, can be in her 30ís to 50ís and must be able to read and speak Spanish. Women interested in the role of Florence must come with sheet music, prepared to sing (both well and badly). So too should men interested in the role of St. Clair (a poor singer, age 50-70) bring sheet music. Accompaniment will be provided. The role of Cosme McMoon, an accomplished pianist in his late 20ís to early 30ís, may or may not be open. Please contact the theatre for information. Auditions include cold readings from the script. Scripts are available in advance and may be checked out with payment of a refundable deposit.
To audition, report at 7 p.m. on either Monday, November 14 or Tuesday, November 15 to the Racine Theatre Guild, a nonprofit community (amateur) theatre. To reach the Guild, call 262-633-4218, go online to www.racinetheatre.org, or stop at the box office (2519 Northwestern Avenue) any weekday between noon and 6 p.m.