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AUDITION NOTICE
LAKESHORE PLAYERS DORVAL
(COMMUNITY THEATRE)

Come and audition for the third and final play of our 53rd Season, Rough Justice, by Terence Frisby, directed by Carolyn Fe. The play will run at the Lakeside Academy, in Lachine, from May 10th to May 19th, 2018.

Auditions will be held at the Chalet of Parc St-Charles (90 Avenue Martin) in Dorval, on Tuesday, February 20th (7pm) and Thursday, February 22nd (7pm) Come either day, or both if you’re up for it! Auditions are walk-in, no appointment is necessary. Callbacks, if necessary, will be Sunday, February 25th (1pm).

Lakeshore Players Dorval strongly encourages equality and inclusiveness.  Please note that this is an amateur, unpaid production.

Actors are encouraged to submit a headshot and acting/performing résumé, and will be invited (but not required) to perform a (maximum) 2 minute comedic-contemporary monologue.  Actors will then be asked to perform a short scene from the play.

See you there!! Feel free to message us if you have any questions.

When: Tuesday, February 20th and Thursday, February 22nd at 7 pm.
Callbacks will take place Sunday, February 25th at 1 pm.

Where:  Chalet St. Charles at 90 Martin Ave. in Dorval (located in the middle of St. Charles Park, next to the basketball court and baseball field), off Lakeshore Blvd. By bus #191 from Lionel-Groulx Metro.

Rehearsal: Regular rehearsals are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 pm and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm.

Performance Dates: May 10th to the 19th 2018 at Lakeside Academy High School in Lachine, Quebec.

Audition sides are available for download on the right sidebar -> (or down below if on your smart phone)

Synopsis:

James Highwood, the host of a popular television program about law and justice, is himself on the stand, accused of murdering his severely disabled child. As morals and ethics get weighed on the scales of justice, this sharply written, absorbing courtroom drama grips your heart and does not let go until the final verdict – Guilty or Not Guilty?

CHARACTERS AND THE AUDITION SCENES

Role of Margaret Casely:  Prosecuting Counsel, Female (age 40-50 yrs)

“And yet you’ve given him a name long since.  Why didn’t you name your disabled child? (Highwood just shakes his head) You never accepted him did you?  Or his right to take his place in your family?  In your flawless… faultless… just-so family? (Silence) Have I read your correctly, Mr Highwood?  The brilliant commentator on public affairs, with his beautiful wife and perfect children.  Then this birth, this poor creature whom you won’t acknowledge.  But you can put it right, can’t you?  You’re above the law.  You can play God with your child’s life then sail away scot-free where other mere mortals would be sucked down into the quagmire of crime and punishment.  You’ll dispense with pedestrian barristers, represent yourself and convince the jury over the Judge’s head – “

Role of Judge: Male or female (age 50-60)

“Highwood, stand up (Highwood stands).  I have considered the matter of a possible contempt of court.  I always try to allow a defendant-in-person the maximum lenience, but you were searching, I feel sure, for any chance to expose the private views of Mrs Casely to the jury in order improperly to aid your cause.  That is contempt of court and I think you knew it.  I shall deal with this after the trial of the main matter is finished.  As for that staged display of apparently sincere indignation, I shall look with great scepticism on any further emotional outbursts from you to impose your will on the due and proper process of law.  Recall the jury.  You may return to the witness-box.  (Highwood does so).  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, your duty is to ignore completely the outburst by the defendant.  This is a very difficult matter for him and you must make every allowance.  Yes, Mrs Casely.”

Role of James Highwood:  Defendant, Male (age 35-45)

“I meant over my mind not… the other sort (He pulls himself together).  My point was that you misunderstood my attempt to “expose Mrs Casely’s views”.  As for your untrue accusation that I… (He looks at his notes) “staged a display of apparently sincere indignation”, well, as we all know, judges allow any old hack junior counsel to do that all the time.  Outbursts of synthetic, barristerial emotion are common currency in these courts.  They are all part of the game you lawyers play with other people’s lives.  That’s why Mrs Casely’s private views are so relevant to the jury: she’s been appointed so that when she was to wax indignant, her professional stance will have the maximum possible sincere input.”

Role of Jeremy Ackroyd: Solicitor, Male (age 40-50)

“James, listen to me: Casely was sure that it was Jean before we spoke.  Oh, it was never said in so many words but that’s why she made the offer.  She’s trying to help. She may detest your views but she’s entirely honourable.  (Highwood reacts)  Yes, she is.  And she’s taking quite a risk on your behalf.  She wants the truth to out but until you and Jean cooperate no-one can move.  There’s no evidence anywhere except your words.  You should have heard the conversation in there: the Judge and Casely skating around the subject for all their worth, neither saying what they thought.  Oh, the Judge is totally pissed off with you, ostensibly for your behaviour in court but I think it’s because he’s guessed the truth too and he’s sure you’ve set yourself up against the law.  And that would be a real contempt.  But he’s still willing to help.  So is Casely.  At least hear her offer.”

Role of Jean Highwood:  James Wife, Female (age 30-40)

“All that Jimmy said in there was true about doing it on impulse.  It was just that it was my impulse, not his.  He cam into the room, you know, just as I was – he didn’t realize for a while.  He thought Cabby was having a fit or something and I was holding him down.  He had these violent threshing… By the time he realized, it was done.  He stood shaking like a leaf, teeth chattering, sobbing, shocked to pieces.  I had to hold him tight.  Oh, he can take the blame, he’s got that sort of courage, but… when Casely said to him “Has your wife forgiven you?”, I nearly screamed.  The point it: has he forgiven me? He’s gone to jail for me but does he think it’s worth it?  That eats me.  Oh, he thought of doing it hims — but Jimmy’s the great arguer, the man of ideas, he could never push the button.  And none of what I have just told you is the difficult bit, the really difficult bit.  Bow, I’m at home, by myself, with guilt, alone.  I can’t talk to anyone.  I killed my baby and I must keep it to myself.  I didn’t know the world could be so lonely.  Jimmy’s the public figure, with something to do, in court, arguing to the whole country, hated and loved.  I sit in the public gallery nursing my – crime?  Is it the word?

Role of PC Ramsden:  Witness/Police Constable, Male or female (age 30-40 yrs)

“I asked her, the doctor, what the cause of death was.  She said the man had told her he had killed his son by suffocating him with a pillow.  The doctor found nothing to conflict with that.  I arrested the man and cautioned him.  He said, “Thank you, there’s no need”.  He was most cooperative and quite calm.  I drove him back to the police station and turned him over to the custody sergeant.  As I was doing this the man swallowed two tablets.  We were concerned but he told us they were his wife’s sleeping tablets.  He gave us the bottle which still had some tablets in it.  We tried to take a statement from him but he fell asleep almost at once.  A statement was taken the next day.”

Role of Dr. Kerr:  Pathologist, Male or female (age 45 – 55)
NB:  These two passages must be read as ONE monologue

“The child died from lack of oxygen to the brain, caused by suffocation, by blocking the mouth and nose.  The means of blocking must have been some dry, soft object, like a small pillow.  There was no bruising to the face or throat and no liquid in the lungs. (…) There would be a sort of crescendo before death and the limbs would still twitch and move about afterwards.  I think there would be quite a violent spasm, even from so small a being, before it all died down.”

Role of Dr. Radzinski:  Pediatrician, Male or female (age 55-65)

“Certainly, my Lord.  I am a consultant paediatrician.  I qualified thirty-six years ago at University College Hospital.  I hold chairs on one sort or another at teaching hospitals across the world.  I have specialized for over twenty years in malfunction of the brain and nervous system, brain damage in infants and many other forms of infant abnormalities.  I have written four books on this subject.  I no longer have my own practice but I act in a senior advisory capacity at Great Ormond Street, at La Ligniere Institute in Geneva, the Peto Intezet in Budapest, the Goldbaum chain of clinics in the USA, the Instituto Nossa Senhora de Fatima in Sao Paulo.  Oh, and one or two other places.”