Open Auditions for the Winter 2017 Play


On Monday, 3rd and Monday 10th July 2017 we shall be holding auditions for our Winter play, Waiting for the Train, written and directed by Pip Rolls.  These will take place at 8pm in Christchurch Hall, in Walton on the Hill.

There are 7F main speaking roles for adults, 4M main speaking roles for adults, and also parts for 3 girls and 1 boy. The play opens in 1937 and finishes in 1993 – some characters will need to be able to act the age of late twenty-year-olds through to middle age.

This new play, being given its premiere by The Gage, is set on a railway platform on the rural outskirts of London.  It tells of the lives of some of the people who pass through the station, many of whom are left to fill in time there while waiting for the train.  Jeanette, a motherly soul, looks after the station café and also looks after George, who hangs around the station hoping that his wife Jane will return on the next train . . .

Tom is a musician whom we first meet worrying about an audition.  In time he becomes the conductor of a major orchestra and marries Mary, whom he met at the station when she arrived as a teacher accompanying evacuee children.  Two of the evacuees, Miranda and Peter, we watch grow into adults; after an unlikely kind of courtship, Peter proposes to Miranda during a disastrous meal at the re-vamped station café.   

The play also has its serious moments, when the repercussions of a terrorist bombing in London reach some of our characters; and again when a newspaper reporter tries to put together a scandalous obituary for another of them, but is foiled . . .

Many lifetimes pass before your eyes in Waiting for the Train.

Rehearsals will begin with a read-through on Monday 18th September, followed by a rehearsal on Wednesday, 20th September, and thereafter on every Monday and Wednesday, all at 8pm at Christchurch Hall, so there will be plenty of time between audition and rehearsals to start getting your lines down!

Performances will be at 8pm on Thursday, 30th November, Friday, 1st December and Saturday, 2nd December, at the Riddell Hall, Walton on the Hill.

So, please come along to the audition and try out for The Gage.  The Winter production begins our 67th anniversary year, so you’d be joining a company with a strong tradition of putting on great entertainment.  Remember: auditions on Monday, 3rd July and 10th at 8pm, Christchurch Hall, Walton on the Hill.  For further information contact the director, Pip Rolls, on 01372 452 105 or .

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