The Miser – Auditions
Moliere’s Classic Comedy, The Miser, freely adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter
Playing Dates – The week starting September 30th 2019
Auditions Monday 24th June, and Wednesday 3rd July,
Both in the Theatre Lounge at 7.30 pm
First performed in 1668, The Miser is the well-known comedy by French playwright Moliere, who penned classics such as Tartuffe and The Misanthrope. The version to be performed has been updated by Sean Foley and Phil Porter. The Miser follows the paranoid Harpagon, who is extremely fanatical about protecting his abundant wealth. Suspecting everyone is trying to steal his fortune, Hapagon will quite literally go to any length to protect his pennies. Setting his sights on rich spouses for his children, he struggles when their true feelings about his skinflint nature are revealed. But what will prevail? Will it be the love for his money or for his children? Passions and purse-strings go head to head in this perfectly poignant comedy. Harpagon is caught between, his desire to marry, his love sick children, loan sharks, match makers, a servant who is trying to be half a dozen people, and of course the hidden hoard. What could possibly go wrong?!
Although the script has been modernised, the play is still set in 1668 France in a grand but dilapidated residence.
Cast for the Miser
HARPAGON 60’s – obsessive , paranoid, ridiculous in his extremes, so he is easily fooled. MAITRE JACQUES 50’s – Harpagon’s steward and master of many roles. VALERE 30’s – An aristocrat disguised as a butler, in love with Elise. ELISE late 20’s Harpagon’s daughter, in love with Valere, a lisping, romantic girl. CLEANTE 20-30 Harpagon’s son – foppish, in love with Mariane. FROSINE 50’s – The matchmaker, willing to arrange unsuitable unions if paid. MARIANE 20’s – In love with Cleante, but promised to Harpagon. LA FLECHE 30’s 40’s – Valet to Cleante, but sacked by Harpagon. MAITRE SIMON 50’s/60’S – The money lender. MONSIEUR ANSELME 60’s – Harpaganon’s next door neighbour, promised to Elise. DAME CLAUDE – An old retainer. PEDRO, OFFICER OF THE LAW, and other servants.
Director Sarah Clarke. If you would like to read a script before 24th June, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions are open to anyone, but if you get involved with a play in any capacity, you will need to become a member of Market Harborough Drama Society.