THE BETTER DOCTOR by Matt Lyle
Directed by Cassie Bann and Justin Locklear
Saturday, February 4: 11:30AM – 4PM
New Trick Flicks
The studio is located directly across the street from the Amsterdam Bar and the Pizza Lounge. A member of Upstart will be at the gate to let you into the complex and guide you to the studio entrance.
Following the silent-film-on-stage format of Lyle's hit play The Boxer, The Better Doctor uses physical comedy to playfully satirize the obstacles presented by the American healthcare system. It's a live-music spectacle equipped with projected video, subtitles, and slapstick gags for the whole family to enjoy.
The plot concerns a group of Great Depression Era rugrats who are too destitute to afford proper healthcare. Velma, a kind-hearted young woman from their neighborhood, shows her compassion by embarking on a quest to acquire medication for them by infiltrating the local hospital. When she befriends a particularly clumsy but compassionate intern at the medical center and enlists his aid, hijinks and shenanigans abound.
Slings, Mumps, and Rickets - Three sick kids
Velma –A rambunctious tomboy with a heart of gold; Determined to procure medical treatment for the sick kiddos by any means necessary
The Intern – A bumbling but well-intentioned doctor in training; Befriends Velma and joins her in her quest to cure the kiddos
The Chief of Medicine – An older gentleman; Runs the hospital; Unsympathetic to the kids’ plight
Various Awesome Supporting Roles (Pregnant Patient, The Beastly Orderly, The Mad Pharmacist, A Gorilla, Snooty Lady, A Cop, A Newsy, A Patient, The Prosecutor)
PERFORMANCE DATES: April 25 – May 19, 2012
Weekly Viewpoints training courses will be provided by our directors beginning the weekend of February 11, 2012. Attendance to these sessions will be required.
Regular rehearsals for the show will begin Monday, March 26, 2012.
-Audition appointment required
- Auditions will consist of movement-based exercises, so COME PREPARED TO MOVE AND DRESS ACCORDINGLY
-Auditions will also include brief cold readings of lines that will be provided for you
-Bring headshot and resume
-A modest stipend will be paid to all cast members
-EXPERIENCE IS NOT NECESSARY! WE ARE LOOKING FOR FRESH FACES, BODY-TYPES OF ALL KINDS, AND ANYONE WITH DANCE, MOVEMENT, CLOWNING, AND MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING!
-NO EQUITY CONTRACTS AVAILABLE
FOR AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT:
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