CASTING ALL ROLES
4 women, age 21+, to play multiple roles and ages
First Woman: Mother, First Blind Queen, Lady-in-Waiting, Singer, Allerleira, Son, Evil Mother (Seven Swans), Child (Stolen Pennies), First Parent
Second Woman: Heidi, Nursemaid, Child from the crawl space (Stolen Pennies), Lady-I -Waiting, Snake-Leaves Princess, Allerleira’s Companion, Son
Third Woman: Second Blind Queen, First Lady-in-Waiting, Singer, Allerleira’s companion, Daughter, Laura, one of the children (Stolen Pennies)
Fourth Woman: Third Blind Queen, Princess Who Won’t Laugh, Allerleira’s companion, Son, Louise, Mama
5 men, age 21+, to play multiple roles and ages
First Man: Father, Ambassador, Father of the Princess, Boy’s Servant (The Three Snake Leaves), Son, King of Silent for Seven Years, Second King (Allerleira), one of the children (Stolen Pennies)
Second Man: Mr. Fitzpatrick (The Ogre), Father of Seven Sons
Third Man: Second Prince, Suitor Number Two: Herr Schmidt, Sea Captain, Allerleira’s Father, Son, Stranger
Fourth Man: First Prince, Suitor Number Five Hundred Sixty-Eight, Allerleira’s Father’s Attendant, Son, Papa
Fifth Man: Third Prince, Suitor Number One: Sir Andrew, Boy, Andrew (Seven Swans), one of the Children (Stolen Pennies), Son of the Third Blind Queen
A Note on the Play:
The Secret in the Wings is inspired by several fairy tales, many of them little known today. Each tale is told in two parts, the first half interrupted by the first half of the next, and so on. Once we reach the central story (Seven Swans or Silent for Seven Years), it is told without interruption. After that, the second half of each story unfolds in reverse original order. The play fans in, and then out on itself within a structured framing inspired by Charles Perrault’s familiar classic, Beauty and the Beast.
From the Director:
This is truly the definition of an ensemble piece. I am looking for storytellers. Different physical types. Actors who can work as a unit, moving from one character to the next, using only their bodies, voices, and whatever they find lying about to create a whole new world in this basement…or is it a dark and foreboding wood…
Some group singing and movement/choreography is required
Sides will be provided
Please bring a photo, resume, and be prepared to sing 18-32 bars of a song that highlights character and storytelling
Please come dressed and ready to move.
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.
-Rainer Maria Rilke