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Auditions for The Octette Bridge Club

Auditions for The Octette Bridge Club will be held Saturday August 20th 1-4pm at The Woodland Theatre in Kettle Falls. Performances will be October 7,8,9, and 14,15,16.

The Octette Bridge Club is a play by P.J. Barry. Set in Providence, Rhode Island, it focuses on eight sisters of Irish descent who meet on alternate Friday evenings to play bridge and gossip. The first act, which opens with the women posing for a photograph for the Sunday rotogravure section of the local newspaper, takes place in October 1934, and the second act is set just prior to Halloween ten years later.

Ann Conroy, married to a man who drinks too much, is a no-nonsense schoolteacher who hosts the bridge nights. Martha McDermitt, the widowed eldest sister, is known for her sense of responsibility and stern personality. Mary Margaret Donovan is a spinster who lives with younger sister Alice Monahan and her husband Walter, who have no children. In the second act, Mary Margaret uses a wheelchair and has a slight speech impediment due to a stroke. Nora Hiller is an easy-going woman devoted to her husband Lawrence and their children. Connie Emerson is always quick with a wisecrack. Lil Carmody is a free spirit who plays piano, and Betsy Bailey is the youngest, a melancholy married woman with two children who is struggling to find her own identity.

Cast in order of age:

Martha 54 & 64
Mary 51 & 61
Nora 48 & 58
Connie 46 & 56
Alice 44 & 54
Ann 43 & 53
Lil 40 & 50
Betsy 37-47
Robert Foster (photographer) 27

No preparation necessary to audition, cold readings from the script will be done. Two of the women should have piano playing experience, one woman should have belly dancing experience, knowing how to play bridge would be a plus for the 8 women. For more information call or text 680-1961.

 

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