Actors needed for ‘Cinderella Waltz’

Fort Frances Little Theatre is hoping to attract a good field of actors for its first production, “Cinderella Waltz,” with auditions slated next Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. upstairs at the museum.
The play, a broad-based comedy slated to be staged sometime in January, consists of four male characters and five female ones. Director Ray Maynard said the story line is a variation on the original Cinderella story but from a more adult–and more comedic–point of view.
“I think the interaction between the characters [makes it interesting],” Maynard said. “They’re not as black and white as the fairy tale.
“The characters have a bit of redeeming qualities. The mother, on the other hand, is a complete nut-case.
“It’s more of a character play rather,” he continued. “There is a story line but the story line is so familiar, the author chose to work on the characters instead.”
Other characters include Cinderella, naturally, a fairly self-centred prince, a troll (who turns out to be the prince’s man-servant), the village idiot, Cinderella’s father, and the fairy godmother.
Unlike other Cinderella stories, Maynard noted the father actually has “somewhat of a role” in this one.
“It harkens back to some of those sort of ditzy comedies in the ’30s where the dad would sort of bumble through,” he said. “He’s a presence but not a very strong father figure. He just sort of pops out looking for his pants.
“The fairy godmother is sort of a raunchy old broad,” Maynard laughed. “There is a sense of ‘what is she going to do next.’ Her presence will be known when she’s on the stage.”
Rehearsal times have yet to be set although Maynard hoped they would run Monday to Thursday. And he said he wants to try something called a “pacing rehearsal,” where the actors first learn the action and story of the play before reading the actual script.
“Basically, you chant the whole story line,” Maynard explained. “Once you have the whole story line, you start pausing to have the actors start developing some of their characteristics and actions.”
All of this is done without using the lines themselves, with the script sort of “automatically” falling into place.
“The reason for saying the words will already be there,” Maynard said. “Hopefully a lot of the blocking will already be established.”
This will be the first production Little Theatre does in the new Townshend Theatre, a prospect which Maynard finds exciting.
“I’m looking forward to being able to do more things with lighting,” he said. “To build a set that will probably be more of stage proportions than a banquet hall.”
Previous experience in Little Theatre is not required to audition. Those wishing to lend technical services to the play also are welcome to attend the audition next Wednesday.