We're happy to announce AUDITIONS for "That Impostor, Scapin," coming this Spring!
We will be performing it in the style of Commedia del Arte, so it promises to be a wild and baudy production. As this is a wild comedy, we will employ open casting so many of the roles could be any gender. The only requirement is that you be open to physical comedy and are willing to go all out!
We're going to have the auditions on Dec. 7th from 3:00-6:00pm, Dec. 8th from 7:00-10:00pm and CALLBACKS on Dec. 9th from 7:00-11:00pm of December. More details on that coming soon. In the meantime, here is the synopsis, Character list and the script.
The crafty Scapin, servant to the household of Geronte, jumps into the story as he first promises to help in the affairs of his neighbor's son, Octave, then to aid in those of his own charge, Leander (Geronte's son). Both young men have fallen in love with unlikely, and penniless, beauties, and both need money to help solve their dilemmas.
Scapin knows a good ruse will always win the day and he drafts Sylvestre, Octave's servant, into his schemes. Convincing Sylvestre he's a wonderful actor (and allowing him to build insane and zany characterizations), Scapin has him play characters who will deceive the family patriarchs into parting with large sums of money.
The final scene of the first act is Molière's famous scene in which Scapin spins a tale of kidnapping, foreigners, and ransom. Once the money is obtained, however, Scapin pushes further in order to exact a little revenge on those he's served. Thinking Geronte has said something nasty about him, Scapin sets out to teach him a lesson. The roguish words, however, are Scapin's own lies and stories finally coming back to him; his revenge backfires and he must flee.
In the end however, Scapin's schemes aid in revealing the penniless beauties to be the exact right mates for the young charges—being of high birth after all since they are discovered to be the missing children of both patriarchs—and Scapin returns to his post, with the pleasant punishment of having to marry the maidservant of one of the daughters. There is a final chase and dance among all the participants, which, inevitably, becomes the raucous, delightful curtain call.
Octave: son of Argante and lover of Hyacinth
Silvestre: servant to Octave
Scapin: servant to Leander
Hyacinth: daughter of Geronte and lover of Octave
Argante: father of Octave
Geronte: father of Leander
Leander: son of Geronte and lover of Zerbinette
Zerbinette: beloved of Leander
Nerine: a woman servant