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Auditions: The Great Gatsby


Sun 23 Apr 2017, 1:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Auditions for the brilliant retelling of F Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic: The Great Gatsby by Ken Duncum.

Directed by: Laurie Mills
By appointment (other times by negotiation).
Email or call director Laurie Mills for a script and/or audition time: or 021791199.

The Director:
Has been involved in community theatre throughout his adult life in Auckland. His recent works include One Man, Two Guvnors for Dolphin Theatre and HLT’s The Ladykillers.

Rehearsals start Sunday 4 May, 5pm, then Tues & Thurs 7:30–10pm and Sun 2–5pm.

Season: 9-28 July

In the summer of 1923, New York reaches boiling point: the parties are longer, the morals looser, the liquor stronger and the jazz hotter. Nick Carraway, a young Yale graduate and World War I veteran, arrives to seek his fortune. He is drawn into the decadent world of America’s richest, but when tragedy strikes, he has to decide whether money matters more than his morality. Featuring dance and physical theatre, this is a sharp, vibrant and dynamic 2011 adaptation of one of the greatest novels ever written.

Generic American accents required. Age ranges indicative. Character age where indicated is from the novel.

- Older Nick: (40-70) The Great Gatsby is told through his eyes; he is the narrator or storyteller, and his thoughts and perceptions shape and colour the story. This is a major role; some of the time is spent observing much of the action; at other times it envelops him.

- Nick Carraway: (25-35; character age 29) Newly arrived from Minnesota to learn the bond business, Nick is also Daisy's cousin. Honest, tolerant, and inclined to reserve judgment, Nick serves as a confidant for those with secrets.

- Jay Gatsby/Gatz: (25-35; character age 31) has a strange combination of friendly charm and formality. Deeply flawed, dishonest and vulgar, with extraordinary optimism and power to transform his dreams into reality that make him “great” nonetheless. Also doubles as Mr Gatz, Jay’s humble, dismayed father.

- Tom Buchanan: (25-35; character age 31) Daisy’s immensely rich husband, once a member of Nick’s social club at Yale. Powerfully built and hailing from a socially solid old family, he is an arrogant, hypocritical bully. His social attitudes are laced with racism and sexism.

- Daisy Buchanan: (20-30; character age 24) Described as “flawless porcelain”, Daisy is sardonic and cynical, and behaves superficially to mask her pain at her husband’s constant infidelity. Now a socialite, she loves both Tom and Gatsby.

- Jordan Baker: (20-30; character age 22) Daisy’s close friend, a woman with whom Nick becomes romantically involved. A competitive golfer, Jordan represents one of the “new women” - cynical, boyish and self-centred.

- Myrtle Wilson: (25-35; character age 34) Tom’s lover, whose exhausted husband George owns a rundown auto shop. Has a fierce vitality and desperately looks for a way to improve her situation.

- George Wilson: (25-40) Myrtle’s husband. He loves and idealises Myrtle, and is devastated by her affair. The actor may also feature in ensemble scenes and cameo roles.

- Wolfsheim: (50-65) Gatsby’s friend, a prominent figure in organised crime. Helped Gatsby make a fortune bootlegging. The actor will also play other cameos.

There are also wonderful opportunities for 2 Male and 3 Female actors (or more) to play a number of characters. Ages vary between 20 and 50. The ensemble will also feature as guests at the sometimes noisy and sometimes dreamlike dance-party scenes at Gatsby’s mansion, as passersby in city streetscapes, as bystanders at Myrtle’s death, etc. Some dancing (Charleston) will be included.

All the better if some ensemble actors are singers, as this will give us the opportunity to use live singing rather than recorded sound.

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