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Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia is seeking Union and non-Union submissions for its upcoming production of The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, in a world premiere adaptation written and directed by Josh Carpenter. All roles paid.
Seeking the following roles:
Actor 1: Edward Tudor: The Prince. A ten year old boy, son of Henry VIII. Regal and privileged, yet capable of great empathy for the suffering of others. Bears a striking resemblance to Tom Canty. Likely to cast an adult female actor in this role, or possibly an adult male of small stature.
Actor 2: Tom Canty: The Pauper. A ten year old boy, the son of a very poor family in the slums of London. A dreamy and imaginative youth with high aspirations. Bears a striking resemblance to Edward. Likely to cast an adult female actor in this role, or possibly an adult male of small stature.
Actor 3 (20's – 50's): Lord Hertford: Edward's uncle, brother of Henry VIII. A born politician. John Canty: Tom's alcoholic and abusive father, a professional thief. And ensemble roles. Ideally tall and athletic.
Actor 4 (late 20s – 40s): Mother Canty: Tom's mother, long-suffering and kind hearted. Sergeant Bowers: soldier in the King's Guard. The Ruffler: leader of a gang of thieves. The Hermit: a solitary religious madman. And ensemble roles: Seeking female actor with great versatility, late 20's-40's.
Actor 5 (late 20s-40s): Grandma Canty: Tom's alcoholic and abusive grandmother, John Canty's mother, a professional beggar. Lord St. John: A high-placed courtier in the court of Henry VIII Humphrey: the Prince's whipping boy. Captain Stormfield: Captain of the King's Guard Lady Edith: a woman in trapped difficult circumstances. And ensemble roles.
Actor 6 (30s – 50s): Henry VIII: a giant man, in every way, though in extremely ill health. Miles Hendon: newly returned from war abroad, becomes Edward's friend and protector. Burns: a thief, beggar, and con-man And ensemble roles. Seeking actor with an imposing presence.
Important dates: Workshop February 10 – 12. First Rehearsal: April 24. First Preview: May 16. Opening: May 19. Closing: June 3.
Actors of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to submit. Please state which track(s) you are interested in being considered for in the subject line. In your email, please indicate your union status and any known conflicts.
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