The WLHS Theatre department will present two radio plays this fall:
Sorry, Wrong Number – original radio broadcast, May 25, 1943
The Hitchhiker – original radio broadcast, November 17, 1941
Both plays by Lucille Fletcher
Both plays will be rehearsed from October 5 – October 22 (days and times TBD). On Friday October 23, a Zoom recording of both plays will take place. Please note that the final edit of the radio plays will premiere on the “Paws for Thought Podcast” around Halloween. There will be no Zoom video presentation of the plays.
These radio dramas are in the style of the classic film noir and melodrama. Sorry, Wrong Number was originally a play, then adapted into a film, then into a radio play. It is a crime thriller. The Hitchhiker is more of a ghost story. Performances should be a balance between very dramatic (as in, over-done), and believable….so as to pull the listener in.
Here is the list of characters:
Sorry, Wrong Number
1ST MAN/WESTERN UNION
2ND MAN (“George”)
2ND OPERATOR/4TH OPERATOR
3RD OPERATOR/5TH OPERATOR
HOSPITAL RECEPTIONIST (“Woman”)
MRS. ADAMS/ THE STOREKEEPER’S MOTHER
THE HITCH-HIKER/NEW YORK OPERATOR/ALBERQUERQUE OPERATOR
A GAS STATION ATTENDANT
A TELEPHONE OPERATOR/A LONG DISTANCE OPERATOR
For the audition, you can either choose one of the leading role sides, or a supporting role side. I am keeping the sides limited for initial auditions so as to just hear how you tackle the style. I would suggest you watch some clips for a reference:
This clip is a Twilight Zone version of The Hitchhiker. We will still have the lead character male identifying.
INTIAL ZOOM AUDITION – Thursday October 1, 3.15pm-5.30pm
*PLEASE EMAIL MR. B FOR ZOOM INFORMATION – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please fill out the audition form prior to auditioning: https://forms.gle/4bVowat1uvr3XJ3Y8
Please choose ONE side from below to read during your Zoom audition. You do not have to be memorized, but please be familiar with the text, so you are free to take risks and make choices! Keep in mind that you may be considered for a role different to that of the one you read for. Once you join the Zoom meeting, you will remain in the waiting room until let in. People will audition one at a time on October 1.
If you are unable to make the Oct 1 Zoom audition, you may upload a video audition. There is a section on the Google Audition Form for this. Please only do this if you definitely cannot attend the Zoom audition session.
Callbacks are on Friday October 2, 3.30-5, and by invitation only. You will likely read with others during callbacks. Sides for callbacks will be posted the evening of October 1.
INTERESTED IN A TECH POSITION? Please email Mr. B with any questions. Break a Leg!!