Auditions take place Monday April 8th and Tuesday April 9th beginning at 7:00 PM. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Auditioners are welcome to attend both evenings of auditions, but it is not required.
Tartuffe Performs May 24th- June 9th
(4 Women, 6 Men)
Elmire (Female, 25-40): Orgon's second wife and stepmother to Marianne and Damis; she is very ladylike and levelheaded; the picture of elegance and feminine strength as she schemes and seduces her way out of trouble
Orgon (Male, 40-60): head of the house; manipulated into giving all he holds dear to the delightful Tartuffe; fancies himself the all-knowing patriarch but is in fact a bit of a buffoon who can not see the mischief happening before his very eyes
Tartuffe (Male, 25-45): the title character; a slimy and lecherous religious hypocrite who weasels his way into Orgon's confidence in order to bleed him dry; must have tremendous comedic timing
Damis (Male, 18-30): the eldest son; a good looking but dim-witted young man full of piss and vinegar; valiantly tries to prove Tartuffe a hypocrite and succeeds only in having himself disinherited
Marianne (Female, 18-30): the fiancée of Valère and sister of Damis; the prototypical wide eyed virgin daughter with a secret sultry/rebellious side only seen by her true love Valère until she is forced to use her feminine wiles to escape marriage to the lecherous and repellent Tartuffe
Dorine (Female, 20-40): Mariane's clever maid who functions as a cunning manipulator and commentator on the actions of the play; sexy, sassy, and smart as a whip
Valere/M. Loyal (Male, 20-35): Mariane's true love kept away by her dominating father; classic Romeo type, the eternal lover; handsome, honest, brave, and true; virtuous to a fault; doubles as Monsieur Loyal: a local official
Cleante (Male, 25-60): Elmire's brother who tries to get everyone to view things with calm and reason; the voice of reason
Mme. Pernelle (Female, 45-80): mother of Orgon; grandmother of Damis and Mariane; the classic wealthy dowager and Orgon's mother to be played as an over the top aristocrat who thinks herself far more dainty than she is (a la a Mrs. Doubtfire)
Filpote/Officer (Male, 18-30): Mme. Pernelle’s servant; doubles as the Officer, a noble cop-type
Meet the Director - Amanda Rountree
Amanda Rountree is a director, playwright, and artist with theatre credits across Southern California. She is a founding company member of New Threads Theatre Company and on the board of directors of The Homespun Players. Some of her directing credits include: The Crucible, Medea, Pride and Prejudice, Red + White, Dead Man's Crimes, Red, Julius Caesar, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Glass Menagerie, and Guys and Dolls. Amanda has also worked as a designer or stage manager on productions with Riverside’s Courtyard Shakespeare Festival, Critical Mass Performance Group, Chance Theatre, A Noise Within, and the Actor’s Co-op. Amanda holds BFA in Painting/Drawing from Biola University.
About the Show
First performed in 1664, Moliere’s timeless comedy Tartuffe (or The Imposter) has delighted and even enraged audiences for centuries. With its themes of betrayal, hypocrisy, lust, and loyalty, Tartuffe is a sometimes scathing, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny indictment of religious hypocrisy and a warning against the danger of pretense.
When the wealthy Orgon welcomes the pious Tartuffe into his home, he believes him to be so righteous and holy that he cannot make any action without first consulting him. Orgon falls so far under Tartuffe’s sway that he is ready to jeopardize his daughter’s marriage, his fortune, and even his wife’s honor. Orgon’s friends and family, including his daughter Marianne and her lover Valere, his hot-headed son Damis, his judicious brother-in-law Cleante, his clever wife Elmire, and his sharp-tongued maid Dorine, all conspire to expose Tartuffe for the fraud he is. But not everything goes to plan and so hilarity ensues in this sexy, glam romp.
Director Amanda Rountree will be transporting Tartuffe to the age of big hair, big shoulder pads, and big egos. Come find out what has had audiences in stitches for over two centuries—but this time with a colorful, 1980s twist!