Auditions for “The Curious Savage”

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Auditions for “The Curious Savage,” by John Patrick and directed by Agnes Broberg, will be held February 4 and 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at West Jordan City Hall (8000 S. Redwood Road). Callbacks (if necessary) will be held by invitation February 8 at West Jordan City Hall.

Performances will be held April 9-18 at Pioneer Hall (1137 W. 7800 S.).

Auditioners should come prepared to cold-read sides from the script.

SYNOPSIS:
Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. The dominant mood is high comedy, and audiences are left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.

CHARACTERS:
Florence – Female age 28
Fairy Mae -Female age 21
Mrs. Paddy – Female age 45
Jeff – Male age 25
Hannibal – Male age 30
Mrs. Savage – Female age 50-60
Lilly Belle – Female age 35-40
Titus – Male age 40-45
Samuel – Male age 35-40
Miss Willie – Female age 25
Dr. Emmett – Male or Female age 45