Auditions will be held on February 21 & 22 at 7PM at the Kensington Town Hall – 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895.

Call-backs will be February 25th at 2PM

Questions should be directed to the Producer – Kelsey Jenkins at productionmanager@katonline.org

Auditions for the following roles:

The Narrator (el Gallo) – Rakish, handsome, sophisticated gallant and narrator of the show. Warm, cordial and inviting to the audience but has darker moments. Aids the performers in orchestrating the story. Will consider a female. Suggested age range – 30-50; vocal – G4-Ab2

The Girl (Luisa) – Button-maker’s young and pretty daughter. Romantic idealist who falls in love. Naïve; yet honest and tender. Suggested age range – 15-25; vocal – B5-B3

The Boy (Matt) – Innocent, young man searching for love and adventure. Bright, but naïve and even foolish at times, approaching situations with false bravado. Suggested age range – 18-25; vocal – G4-A2

The Boy’s Father (Hucklebee) – Former boisterous Navy man and meticulous gardener who fakes a fight with Bellomy in hopes of getting their children to fall in love. Suggested age range – 40-60; vocal F#4-A2

The Girl’s Father (Bellomy) – Fastidious button-maker and also a very picky gardener who fakes a fight with Hucklebee in hopes of getting their children together. Suggested age range – 40-60; vocal F#4-A2

The Actor (Henry) – Aging, over-the-top Thespian who specializes in reciting Shakespeare. A Comedia clown; his world is the stage and he knows no other reality. Suggested age range – 50-70

The Man Who Dies (Mortimer) – Henry’s goofy sidekick and another former actor who specializes in stage deaths; his world is the stage and he does not live in reality. Suggested age range – 30-50

The Mute – Speechless presence who watches and provides props; the “invisible” stage assistant. Ability to aid in the story or fade into the background is necessary. Any Gender, Suggested age range 20-50

The Story:
Two houses, separated by a “wall”. The Narrator explains the plot of the show. The Girl and The Boy live next to each other and fall in love, despite the feud between their fathers. The Girl fantasizes about the experiences she longs for. The Boy declares his love for The Girl. They both climb the wall and The Girl tells of her romantic vision of The Boy rescuing her from a kidnapping. The fathers, each in turn, order their children inside while explaining their philosophies of gardening. The fathers then plot to make the children fall in love. El Gallo (also, the Narrator) appears to provide options of the Rape and rescue; and then calls in two aging actors to help re-enact the scene. The children return to declare their love, but are interrupted by the abduction. The Boy saves The Girl, the feud is over and they all pose in a happy ending to close Act One.

Act Two opens with the same tableau, growing shaky in the daylight. Each starts to grumble about flaws in each other that have grown visible in the daylight and a real feud ensues. The Boy sees El Gallo and attempts to restore his honor, but is easily defeated. The Boy and The Girl argue. The Boy leaves the town, the fathers rebuild the wall. The Girl sees El Gallo and fantasizes with him about romance; meanwhile The Boy goes through horrible torment in the real world. El Gallo promises The Girl a beautiful world, but The Boy returns to tell of the harsh reality. El Gallo beats The Boy and abandons The Girl. The Narrator/El Gallo explains that he needed to hurt the children, but also hurt himself. The children realizes they have everything they need.