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Video Auditions: Handbagged

Videos due April 11, 2021
Performance dates July 16 - August 1, 2021

HANDBAGGED imagines what really happened in the private meetings between two of the world’s most powerful women: the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, and Queen Elizabeth II. Born just six months apart, each leader has the capacity to change the world, but how the world should be changed is another story altogether. Will Mags and Liz find common ground in tumultuous times, or will the gloves come off at Buckingham Palace?

 

For safety reasons, the first round of auditions will be via video submissions.  Callbacks will be held in person, pending actor availability. Roles may be cast without callbacks.

 

Rehearsals and performances are held at Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Road, Houston, Texas 77070.

Rehearsal Schedule
  • Rehearsals will start May 17 and typically run Mondays-Thursdays from 7pm-10pm. ​Schedule will vary from 3-5 rehearsals per week depending on conflicts, calls & health conditions.

  • Technical Week: July 11 - 15  (we cannot accept conflicts for this week)

  • Required pickup rehearsals are held every Thursday evening during the run of the show.

 

Performance Schedule

The show runs for three weekends from July 16 - August 1, 2021.  Since we are running three weekends, there is the possibility that we may add one show somewhere in the mix, pending actor availability.

  • Fridays 7:30pm

  • Saturdays 7:30pm

  • Sundays 3pm

We will perform to appropriately-sized audiences, based on CDC guidelines. We've been currently running 42 patrons max, but are hopeful we can fill more of our 150 seat theatre at the time of this show.

Health & Safety

All actors, production team, volunteers and staff at Stageworks Theatre are expected to abide with our Pandemic Health & Safety Guidelines. We will follow CDC guidelines. Currently everybody in the theatre must wear a mask, and we perform in clear chin-held masks.  By show time for this show, we are hoping that will not be required.

Available Roles
  • Q - Older Queen Elizabeth II (female stage age 45-65)

  • T - Older Thatcher (female stage age 45-65)

  • Actor 1 (male stage age 35-65)

    • A Buckingham Palace Footman

    • Kenneth Kaunda

    • Nancy Reagan

    • Enoch Powell

    • Neil Kinnock

    • Michael Shea

    • Kenneth Clarke

    • A London Protester

  • Actor 2 (male stage age 35-65)

    • Denis Thatcher

    • Peter Carrington

    • Gerry Adams

    • Ronald Reagan

    • Arthur Scargill

    • Geoffrey Howe

    • Rupert Murdoch

    • Prince Philip

    • Michael Heseltine

  • Liz - Younger Queen (female stage age 35-55)

  • Mags - Younger Thatcher (female stage age 35-55)

How to Audition 
  • Prepare and record material as outlined below in the Details section prior to April 11, 2021. 

  • Complete our online audition form. You will need an acting resume, a headshot, an emergency contact, and your thorough conflict information.

Details

For women auditioning for roles of T(Thatcher), MAGS, Q(ueen), or LIZ, you will be asked to prepare a two minute monologue on video, with one minute demonstrating Queen Elizabeth and one minute as Margaret Thatcher. As much as you can, use Received Pronunciation (Oxford dialect.) Make every effort to distinguish the difference between the voices of the Queen and Thatcher. The Queen's voice should be soothing, impassive, unflappable, lacking in emotion. Margaret Thatcher's voice should have a strident quality, as if she were speaking to a classroom of not particularly bright students. She is also capable of using a modicum of sex appeal in her voice. Above all, she is a leader, just like the Queen.

 

Here are good examples from both ladies: 

 

Queen Elizabeth's speech in South Africa on her 21st birthday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUlToHE_27U

 

Queen Elizabeth's tribute to Diana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xc8ta-AtEM (Starts at 1:05)

 

Margaret Thatcher reciting St. Francis poem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A23PQCndPYU

 

Margaret Thatcher's speech about coal miner's strike

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhsl0QHSDWE

 

 

For men auditioning for the roles of Actor 1 and 2, please prepare a one minute comedic monologue video (or just a selection of one-liners) that demonstrates both male and female voices and as many accents as you can duplicate from the following list:

 

ACTOR 1

A Buckingham Palace Footman

Kenneth Kaunda

Nancy Reagan

Enoch Powell

Neil Kinnock

Michael Shea

Kenneth Clarke

A London Protester

 

 

ACTOR 2

Denis Thatcher

Peter Carrington

Gerry Adams

Ronald Reagan

Arthur Scargill

Geoffrey Howe

Rupert Murdoch

Prince Philip

Michael Heseltine

Questions?

Message our artistic director. We are happy to help clarify anything.