Director Miranda Holmes will be holding auditions on Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 7 to 9pm at the Rollo Centre. Rehearsals will begin the following week, with performances 11-13 March 2016.
A plot summary and brief description of the roles to be cast follows.
Set in Winnipeg between 1912 and 1916, What Glorious Times They Had tells the story of the successful campaign led by Nellie McClung and the Political Equality League to win the vote for women in Canada. The play combines the themes of politics, suffrage and prohibition, treating them all with liberal amounts of humour, music and vitality.
ROLES TO BE CAST
Seven major roles (five of which involve singing): five female and two male.
There are 12 supporting roles (one of which involves singing): eight male and five female. As in the original production, multiple roles will be played by individual actors.
SIR RODMOND ROBLIN, the Premier of Manitoba; a dignified man in his early sixties (singing role)
P.T. FLETCHER, the parliamentary secretary to Sir Rodmond Roblin
NELLIE MCCLUNG, a social reformer, novelist and suffragist; an attractive woman in her fifties (singing role)
FRANCES BEYNON, a journalist and suffragist (singing role)
LILLIAN BEYNON THOMAS, a journalist and suffragist, sister of Frances (singing role)
CORA HIND, an agriculture expert and journalist, a forceful woman in her early fifties (singing role)
ADELAIDE ROBLIN, wife of Sir Rodmond Roblin
AL, a salesman for Purity Flour
MR. WILSON, a rancher from Calgary, Alberta
GERRY, an insurance clerk
MR. BLACK, Gerry’s boss
MR. ACKROYD, a factory owner
FACTORY GIRL 1, Mr. Ackroyd’s employee (singing role)
FACTORY GIRL 2, Mr. Ackroyd’s employee
C.P. WALKER, a theatre magnate
A MAN, petitioner for “male suffrage”
EVELYN, an Eastern woman
MILLICENT, Evelyn’s sister
TOBIAS CRAWFORD NORRIS, leader of the Liberal Party, a man in his early fifties