Auditions for Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays

 Auditions for Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays

Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 PM

Auditions for Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays by Alan Ayckbourn will be held on Wednesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 9th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  Invited callbacks, if necessary, will occur on Sunday, August 12th.

The play relies heavily on audience interaction to help the actors navigate a huge, 24-room mansion.  Because of the non-sequential nature of the script, strong actors of all ages are encouraged to audition.  Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  More information and character breakdowns can be found at Additional questions may be sent to Director Jocelyn Laracuente at Jodell278@gmail.com.

This play will be our second Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) production of the year, aimed at providing opportunities for children and their families to experience high-quality theater while learning and practicing good audience etiquette. Performances will be held October 6 – 14; two performances (afternoon and evening) on each Saturday and one afternoon performance each Sunday.  Broadview Heights Spotlights’ Theater for Young Audiences Series is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Play Synopsis:

Suzy lives in a small cottage with her mother and her dog Neville – her father went up in a hot air balloon one day and never came back down. Except for missing Suzy’s father, they are all quite happy until the suave Mr. Accousticus moves into the mysterious old house across from their cottage and sweeps Mother off her feet. Suddenly Neville loses his bark, the birds stop singing, and Mr. Passerby insists his operatic  tenor voice has been stolen.  Suzy and Neville bravely decide to search through Mr. Accousticus’s mansion for the missing voices: at this point it’s up to the audience to choose which course to take (among 80 possible permutations!) through the maze of rooms, trap doors, and secret passageways, and also to remember the path to help the heroes safely out again afterwards.

About the Author:

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countless awards. Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests. The National Theatre recently revived his 1980 play Season’s Greetings to great acclaim and the past year alone has seen West End productions of Absent Friends and A Chorus Of Disapproval. In 2009, he retired as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph, where almost all his plays have been and continue to be first staged. Holding the post for 37 years, he still feels that perhaps his greatest achievement was the establishment of this company’s first permanent home when the two auditoria complex fashioned from a former Odeon Cinema opened in 1996. In recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.

Characters:

SUZY
NEVILLE – her dog
MOTHER
FATHER
MR. ACOUSTICUS
MR. PASSERBY
1ST NARRATOR
2ND NARRATOR