Play a drunkard |

Play a drunkard

staff report

The Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge seeks actors and actresses for its summer production of “The Drunkard,” a turn-of-the-century melodrama.

“The Drunkard” is one of the most produced plays in The Backstage Theatre’s 35 year history. In this new adaptation (written by Backstage Theatre artistic director Christopher Willard), Edward Middleton is a young temperance leader led on a wild fall from grace by Lawyer Cribbs, a dishonest solicitor bent on destroying Middleton to gain possession of his inheritance and to win the hand of the innocent and beautiful Mary Warren. It’s the stuff of classic “boo/hiss” melodrama given a hysterically goofy and sweetly affecting spin. The show is helmed by guest director Rick Bernstein, co-artistic director of Miners Alley Theatre in Golden.

“The Drunkard” will begin rehearsals in June. Rehearsals will primarily be weekends, but there is some flexibility with schedules of the actors. Performances are alternating weekends beginning July 16 thru Aug. 16. All positions are paid.

To be cast: Lawyer Cribbs (30s to 60s), a corrupt solicitor with designs on young Mary and the Middleton estate; Edward Middleton (20s to 30s), temperance leader who is seduced by the evils of Demon Drink; Mary Warren (20s to 30s), an innocent and beautiful heroine who finds herself torn between love and duty; Widow Warren (40s to 60s), Mary’s hypochondriac mother, always ailing and apt to complain about it; and Bertie Hubbard (20s to 40s) – Cribbs’ lackey.

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge Street in Breckenridge. Those auditioning will be asked to cold-read from the script. No advance perusal scripts are available. No previous acting experience is required. Contact the Backstage Theatre at (970) 453-0199 to arrange an audition.

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