LCP Presents: "1949" by David French



By David French

November 15, 16 & 18, 2018

Auditions & Callbacks will be held in Maryse Leitch Hall at the Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas Street, London, Ontario. Paid parking available at rear of building. Street parking is free after 6:00pm. Enter through box office doors.

PRODUCER: Cindi Armer-Almeida (
DIRECTOR: Sue Perkins (

AUDITIONS: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday, November 16, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

CALLBACKS: Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

REQUIREMENTS: A prepared monologue is not required for auditioning. Instead, the Director encourages all people wishing to audition to read the script in advance (see GENERAL notes). Auditions will consist of reading selections from the script. All people wishing to audition will arrive at the beginning of the audition time.

PRODUCTION DATES: March 27 – April 7, 2019 on the Main Stage at the Palace Theatre.

REHEARSALS: Read-throughs in December 2018, with full rehearsals starting December 30, 2018. To take place on Sundays (morning/afternoon), Wednesdays (evenings), and Fridays (evenings).

The play opens on the late afternoon of March 29th, 1949 in the home of the Mercer family. On April 1st of that year, Newfoundland ceased to be a colony of Great Britain and became the 10th Province of Canada. The referendum to join Canada had been won by a slim majority and feelings ran high for a long time – torn between the benefits of being a Canadian Province and the impoverished but familiar life of independence in a British colony located far from the mother country.

The Mercer family living in Toronto now are likewise torn in two – some favouring the fact they would soon be Canadians, and some angry. WWII has been over for 4 years but has left its mark on the family. The play explores the family dynamics and history against the backdrop of this historic moment. We shall also be performing this play on the 70th anniversary of Newfoundland joining Confederation.

David French uses humour and heartbreak to bring these people to life and help us today to understand the emotions of those who had left the magnificent island of Newfoundland for the material benefits of a life in Toronto. This is one of five plays that David French wrote about the Mercers and it still resonates today with its honesty.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS: 6 men, 6 women, 2 boys.

Rachel Mercer. Age 65, Newfoundlander.
Mary Mercer. Age 41, Newfoundlander.
Dot Roach. Age 37, Newfoundlander.
Grace Wilcox. Age mid 30s, English accent.
April Adams. Age 20, Canadian.
Miss Dunn. Age 50+, Canadian.

Jacob Mercer. Age 41, Newfoundlander.
Wiff Roach. Age early 40s, Newfoundlander.
Jerome McKenzie. Age 43, Newfoundlander.
Norman Harris. Age late 60s, Canadian.
Doctor Hunter. Age mid 50s, Canadian.
Ned Spencer. Age 21, Newfoundlander.

Billy Mercer. Age 9+, Canadian.
Ben Mercer. Age 10+, Canadian.

All ages given are approximate. Newfoundland accents required, but lightly applied so characters can be clearly understood.

** This is a long play and a large cast. It will be very important that those chosen attend all rehearsals when required (barring major crises) and commit to the show. It is a very special play and demanding but will also be rewarding.

We are committed to providing opportunities for diverse voices and performers. Experienced artists and newcomers of all backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.


Scripts for 2018/2019 Season are available to read in advance – and must be returned no later than the first audition date. Please contact the Palace Theatre Box Office at 519-432-1029 to make arrangements. A $20.00 REFUNDABLE deposit is required. This deposit is forfeit if the script is not returned at the specified time.

If you are not an actor but would like to work on a show, contact the Producer and let her know. There are usually more people working backstage and in the booth than there are on stage.

For more information on any of the plays and/or auditions for the 2018/2019 season, please contact

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