The Banshee’s New Wig Open Casting Call


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THE BANSHEE’S NEW WIG Presented by Pappie J. Ozmand & Co.

SYNOPSIS: In this intriguing musical production, Margo O’Brien, a sensitive banshee, finds herself in unmarked territory when she pretends to be a long lost relative of

the unusual O’Reilly family in 1978 NYC. In her new home surrounded by

colorful, complex and animated characters, she learns how to talk, walk, flirt

and even ‘Smoke her Cares Away.’ However she proves to be much more of a

messiah to them than they could have ever guessed.

WRITER/COMPOSER/DIRECTOR:

Pappie J. Ozmand

CAST REQUIREMENTS:

Margo O’Brien: 25-30 years of age. A very interior character. She speaks with a uniquely high voice (similar to Ellen Greene or Jennifer Tilly) as she is a Banshee but

because of her origins she speaks with an Irish accent. She is rather tall and

thin. This is most definitely a singing role.

The O’Reillys:

Louis O’Reilly: 12-14 years of age. He is in love with fantasy television programs, especially super heroes. He suffers from a strong stutter/stammer, which in turn makes him unpopular at school. He loves to rock n’ roll. This is most definitely a

singing role.

Lisa O’Reilly: 5-7 years of age. Lisa is the youngest member of the O’Reilly clan. She is a little innocent doll, with out a care in the world. She is warm and accepting of

others and becomes one of Margo’s best friends. This is most definitely a singing role.

Virginia O’Reilly: 40-50 years of age. She is the mother of the family. She is a strong independent woman. Somewhat obsessive compulsive. She holds the same motherly compassion as Julie Walters but she has a harsh side and in a flash she becomes the antagonist. This is most definitely a singing role.

Clifford O’Reilly: 40-55 years of age. Clifford is the father of the family. He is cold

and disciplinary. He has the same foul gravity as Alan Rickman. This is most

definitely a minor singing role.

Grandfather O’Reilly: 60-70 years of age. He has the charm of an Irish gentleman, but the past of an avid partier. He is the character that everyone adores. He is originally from Ireland so he speaks with an Irish accent. This is most definitely

a singing role.

Donna O’Reilly: 17-20 years of age. Donna is the oldest sibling. She is a typical New York girl. She adores boys, cosmetics and smoking, all without a single regret. She is cold and malicious, until she finally opens up about what’s going on in her life. She

has a dream of being a beautician. She puts on a Brooklyn accent to go along

with the crowd at her school. (think Marisa Tomei in ‘My Cousin Vinny’) This is most definitely a singing role.

Aunt Gertrude O’Reilly: 45-60. Gertrude is a naggy lady. She is always seen adorning

hideous, white angora sweaters. She is comedic, yet very selfish and cruel underneath.

This is no doubt a singing part, operatic perhaps.

Aunt Minnie

O’Reilly: 35-60. Aunt Minnie is, as her name hints shorter in height.

Disregarding her height however, she is a beast of a lady. Cold and clinical,

rude and malicious, the one thing in the world she lacks is a heart. This is no

doubt a singing part, operatic perhaps.

Uncle Kong: 35+.

Uncle Kong is a very plump man. He feels he has authority where he really

doesn’t. He is grossly obsessed with material possessions, and believes himself

to be a classy gentleman, when really; he is just as rude as his wife Gertrude.

This is no doubt a singing part, operatic perhaps.

*There is the possibility that one person could do more than one bit role depending on the character and their order of appearance.

Minor but Vital Roles:

Juelz: 20-30. Juelz is an Italian/Jewish New Yorker. He owns a hot dog stand. He is charming, and has a way with the ladies, especially ‘them European ones.’ He has a thick Brooklyn accent.

Barbara: 35-50: Barbara is a makeup artist. She is hideously tanned (if you can tell underneath the makeup) and she owns the best beauty shop in town. Her biggest fear is aging.She is a good friend of Donna’s and helps out with Margo’s new look.

Male Hairdresser:

20-30. A young, handsome, male hairdresser who works alongside Barbara at the

beauty salon. This part is a bit part, but can be played in so many different

ways. There is also some fun falsetto singing involved in one number.

Swat Team

Investigator: 30-50. He is a militaristic cop, one of the federals. Good build,

intense.

Ms. Darla: 25+. Ms. Darla is Louis’s teacher. She is sweet yet quite difficult to read. Her cheeks always ache at the end of the day from smiling so much.

3 Young Boys: 10-14.

These boys are a part of the classroom scenes; have speaking parts in a

Halloween scene, and are a part of the crowd in the final scene. Funny little

characters, similar to the ‘Little Rascals.’

Brian: 17-19. Brian is Donna’s boyfriend. He is edgy, buff yet uneasy at the same time. Some comedic lines.

Ursula: 60-70. Another banshee. She is soft-spoken, gentle in her ways and has been around for much longer than it seems. She is the wise lady at the end of the tunnel, and at the end of the play she has the last line.

The G.G.: 60-70. G.G.stands for the Great Grandmother. She is a bit role. She does not say a word,but her facial expressions are nastier than anybody could ever imagine. She is the oldest living O’Reilly in the clan and is very proud of her well-lived

years.

Open casting calls will be held at the Old East Studios Friday January 16th (6-9 p.m.) and Saturday January 17th (12-4 p.m.) 755 Dundas St. London Ontario.

To notify the team of your attendance or to requst a script in advance please email bansheegotawig@live.com

There will be 6 performances of the Banshee’s New Wig as a part of London’s Fringe Festival between the 18th-28th of June.Commitment is necessary. Auditioners should prepare a short monologue of their choice and a song (to be done accapella, unless of course you can bring a piano accompanist)This of course depending on whether you’re interested in playing a singing role or not. Every part is important!

We’re looking forward to bringing this story to life on stage! Email us ASAP to book a spot, thank you in advance!

-Pappie J. Ozmand and Co.

* Part of the proceeds from each ticket will be going towards a charitable cause*

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