The Ladykillers


The Ladykillers AUDITIONS

Sunday 21st May 2.30pm @ 16th Ave Theatre Tauranga

The Ladykillers – Sweet old Mrs. Wilberforce has new tenants, but they’re not the musicians they claim to be … they could even be train robbers. If Mrs. W should stumble into their secret, her life could be in danger. Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers delivered the danger in this classic 1950s comedy.

Rehearsals start June 19 – three times a week (probably on Tuesday nights, Thursday nights, and Sunday afternoon or evenings). The performance season is from August 30 to September 16.

Contact director Wayne Gould for more information 

Major roles:
Mrs. Louisa Wilberforce: A “sweet little old woman”. In her sixties or over. Honest, naive, gullible; a bit dithery; very impressionable.
Professor Marcus: Mature man (40s, 50s or over). The criminal mastermind. Charming, smooth, smarmy. “A sinister figure … takes off his hat with utmost respect and exaggeratedly smiles.”
Major Courtney: Mature man (30s thru 50s). A successful con man, but a surprisingly nervous one. Very diffident. More than a passing interest in women’s clothing.
Harry Robinson: Male, in his 20s, possibly 30s. “A cheerful-looking young spiv.” A bit of an obsessive-compulsive … pill-popper, constant tidier. A younger criminal than the others.
One-Round: Mature man (30s thru 50s). “A huge man … looks and sounds as if he’s severely, permanently punch-drunk.” The criminal ‘muscle’, but with a heart of gold.
Louis Harvey: Mature man (40s or 50s). Rumanian thug, the criminal enforcer. Irritable, neurotic, with potential to go off at any moment. Uncomfortable around old ladies.
Supporting roles:
Constable Macdonald: Mature man (30s thru 50s). A London beat copper. “Portly”, but not essential. Good-natured; kindly to Mrs. Wilberforce.
Mrs. Jane Tromleyton: Same age-group as Mrs. Wilberforce, but could be a bit younger. The leader of the social circle. Highly impressionable.
Also, special parts –
The Parrot: *Never seen* but is heard. Parrot interjects and squawks English words that must be understood by the audience – but the words must still sound “parrot-y”. The parrot is called General
Gordon, but the voice could be male or female.
Mrs. Wilberforce’s Guests: Three or four women from the same social circle (age not so critical). *No lines* except Oohs and Aaahs. Appear in two short scenes on either side of the interval.