‘The Foreigner’ play auditions May 21, 22.
MANISTEE—The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts announces auditions for the summer comedy, “The Foreigner,” on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 and 22, 7 to 9 p.m. Auditions will be held onstage at the historic Ramsdell Theatre.
The popular farce is directed by Rick Plummer and calls for five men and two women. “This play is a staple of theaters worldwide,” Plummer said, adding, “it guarantees gales of laughter and unbridled merriment.”
The comedy is set in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSueur, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.
Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.
Plummer said a prepared audition monologue is not required, but those auditioning should simply come to auditions to read from the script and show off their comic timing and talents.