LTA Announces Auditions for Lettice and Lovage
Written by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Juli Tarabek Blacker
Audition Location & Dates:
The Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Saturday, December 10, 2-5pm
Sunday, December 11, 6-9pm
Callbacks: December 13 by Invitation Only
Performance Dates: February 25 – March 18, 2023
For questions regarding this production and auditions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*All persons attending auditions are required to wear a mask (even if vaccinated) during their time in our facilities and must also provide proof of full vaccination, including booster, against COVID-19. This policy allows us to avoid quarantining, in most cases, should someone be exposed to COVID, and to keep rehearsals and performances on schedule. Proof of vaccination can be a physical copy or digital photograph of your vaccination record.
Synopsis: Lettice Duffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London’s stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schon, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed nor entertained by Lettice’s freewheeling history lessons, Schon fires her. Not one to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in a battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
LTA is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, and ages, as well as d/Deaf, to attend every audition. Callbacks will include cold readings from the script. Please bring a headshot and resume, if you have them, and be ready to list all conflicts on a provided schedule. Rehearsals begin immediately and are usually Tuesday – Thursday nights and weekend afternoons until tech week.
Auditionees should be prepared to provide vaccination cards at the audition table and masks are required to be worn at all times, except when the actual audition occurs. All actors in the production must have provided proof of complete vaccination, including boosters; masks will not be worn when on stage and will be required during rehearsals at the discretion of the producers and director. Those cast must be, or must become, members of the Little Theatre of Alexandria at the performers rate or higher.
Lettice and Lovage Character Requirements
The characters of Lettice, Lotte, Miss Framer, and Mr. Bardolph will require a British accent. You may audition with or without an accent, but we will ask to at least hear an accent in call backs. There will be an accent coach working with these actors, so it does not need to already be polished.
This show will be set in contemporary Britain. As such, there is no requirement for race/ethnicity. Everyone is welcome for all roles.
LETTICE DOUFFET (F, 40-70): Lettice is an eccentric with a deep passion for history…and storytelling. She is a strong person who not only marches to the beat of her own drummer, but her own band. She has also spent some time in France, and so affects a French accent for certain words.
LOTTE SCHOEN (F, 40-60): Lotte works for the personnel department of the Preservation Trust. While at first, she appears to be a bit of a rule follower, there are many levels to her character. She is a hard worker and wants to avoid scandal.
MISS FRAMER (F, 20-40): Lotte’s assistant. Slightly scattered, she is unsure of what to do with Lettice when she is called into the office. She is also somewhat terrified of her boss.
- BARDOLPH (M, 35-70): Lettice’s lawyer. He is unsure exactly what he has gotten himself into with his current client. He is competent but fairly by the book.
A SURLY MAN (M, 30+): A cranky visitor who doesn’t appreciate Lettice’s stories. A British accent is preferred but not required for this role. Will help the other VISITORS with scene changes (see below).
VISITORS TO FUSTIAN HOUSE (3-6 people, Any age): Just your average group of heritage tourists. These are a mix of speaking and non-speaking roles in the first few scenes. Speaking roles with NOT require an accent, though it is welcome. Members of this group will be asked to help with shifting the scene between the house and Lettice’s apartment. Please be honest on your audition form on whether you are willing to accept one of these roles.