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AUDITIONS – A Flea In Her Ear
02/03/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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A Flea in Her Ear
This play is the 1812 Theatre’s VDL entry for 2020
Audition dates: Sunday March 1 and Monday, March 2 at 7.00 p.m.
Season dates: July 30 – August 22
About the play
Feydeau’s saucy bedroom farce is a classic of its genre. Set in the first decade of the 20th century, the play moves between the Chandebise family home in Paris and a seedy house of ill repute. The lady of the house, Raymonde Chandebise, suspects Victor Emmanuel, her husband, of having an affair. Her plans for his entrapment set off an hilarious and bewildering series of situations involving revolving beds, people diving out of windows, mistaken identities and high speed entertainment.
Characters in the play:
A man in his forties, he is head of the Chandebise household and a well-respected member of the insurance community. He is being treated in a rather unconventional fashion for a failing libido and his attempts to keep his problems secret arouse suspicions in his wife. He also plays Poche.
Poche – Same age as Victor-Emmnanuel. A porter at Hotel Coq d’Or, he is Victor-Emmnanuel’s doppelganger in appearance only. Almost always the worse for drink, he bungles his duties and is constantly harassed by the Hotel Coq d’Or’s owner, Baptist. He also plays Victor-Emmnanuel which leads to some amusing identity confusions.
40’s/50’s. The Chandebise family doctor. This is a raunchy fellow who is one of the Hotel Coq d’Or’s more regular patrons.
30’s. Would-be lover to Raymonde. He is desperately in love with Raymonde – the archetypal French lover whose lustful pursuit of Raymonde leads to some difficult situations.
Same age as Tournel, perhaps a little younger. He is Victor Emanuel’s brother and works as his secretary. He has a speech impediment because of a cleft palate which Doctor Finache has cured by supplying him with a false metal palate. For much of the play, this object is mislaid, rendering Camille almost impossible to understand, except by Raymonde. He is having an affair with Antoinette, the housemaid.
Carlos Homenides de Histangua
Same age as Victor Emmanuel. This fiery Spaniard spends much of the play threatening to kill men he believes are ‘at it’ with his wife, Lucienne. His imperfect grasp of spoken language adds to the confusion.
Anywhere between 30 and 50. A rather pompous butler in the Chandebise household. He is married to Antoinette and unaware that his marriage is at risk.
50ish. The proprietor of the Hotel Coq d’Or, a seedy house of ill repute. He likes to think he runs a tight ship, but he is thwarted in every direction by the chaos that unfolds in Act 2.
40/50. He is Baptist’s brother and is almost always drunk. He is employed to stay in a room with a revolving bed so that, in the event of a raid by the vice squad, he can be on hand to appear as a legitimate hotel client.
Rugby – a client at Hotel Coq d’Or
Age indeterminate. A client at Hotel Coq d’Or, who appears shy and harmless until he disappears into his room and becomes an offstage sexual predator of nightmare proportions. In their attempts to escape recognition, many characters innocently seek refuge in his room with predictably absurd consequences.
40’s. A rather boredParisian society lady who has lined up Marcel Tournel as a lover. When she suspects the boot might be on the other foot, she hypocritically hatches a plan to catch her husband in an act of infidelity.
Lucienne Homenides de Histangua
Same age as Raymonde. She is the wife of the fiery and jealous Spaniard, Histangua. She is also best friend and confidante to Raymonde. Her involvement in Raymonde’s plan, combined with her husband’s hot temper, lead to some highly volatile and confusing situations.
Anywhere from late 20’s to 40’s. She is the saucy housemaid and married to the butler, Etienne. She is having an affair with Camille – loaded with cheeky charm.
Olympe – August’s wife.
40’s/50’s. August’s wife. Still alluring, it is suggested that she was once the star attraction in a cabaret. Plays the charming hostess.
Very young. A newly hired female “employee” at the Hotel Coq d’Or, who has no idea that she is working in a knocking shop. Her naivety leads her into some perilously comic situations.
Should you have any queries about the production or would like to audition and cannot attend on the dates scheduled above, please ring Malcolm on 0417 141 803 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org I am prepared to meet with you at a mutually convenient time. I run open auditions and do not book time slots for auditionees. I find this more relaxing and less formal.
I have an electronic copy of the script which many of you have already received. This can be forwarded to you upon request.