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Readers’ Theater Auditions
The Old Lady Shows Her Medals and the Twelve-Pound Look by James Barrie of Peter Pan fame
The Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] Readers’ Theater will hold auditions for two plays by British playwright J.M. Barrie on Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m. at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church. Barrie’s plays, The Old Lady Shows Her Medals and The Twelve-Pound Look, are both set in London in the lead up to World War 1, and during World War 1. Characters speak with a variety of British/Cockney and Scottish accents, and there are parts for both men and women. Performances of the plays will be June 2-3 at the church. Copies of the scripts will be available beginning April 17, at the GAAC’s offices, 6654 Western Avenue or use the links below.
The Old Lady shows Her Medals (download the script) takes place during WWI in London. A poor, old lady wants to be seen as contributing to the war effort by being the mother of a son fighting oversees. However she is a spinster and childless. So she fabricates a story about a son “Kenneth” after seeing a real soldier’s name which is the same as hers in the newspaper. A meeting between the two is inevitable.
The Twelve-Pound Look (download the script) is the story of Harry Sims on the eve of his knighthood. It is full of the great things he considers he has achieved. A typist has been hired to answer the messages of congratulations. However, to Harry’s shock and dismay, the typist enters his home as a bearer of unexpected information. Her news elicits interesting questions regarding the role of dominance and independence in any relationship.