Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Picture The Cannon Theatre is excited to announce its auditions for the musical "Lucky Stiff", a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Steve Flaherty-----Directed by Shawn Cannon.

The musical is about Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming English shoe salesman, that lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been killed by his blind lover. Harry learns that he stands to inherit $6,000,000 from his uncle – but only if he agrees to take his Uncle’s corpse on a trip to Monte Carlo. Otherwise, the money will all go to his uncle’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. In a quest to gain his uncle’s inheritance, Harry sets out to fulfill Anthony’s dying wish. However, in Monte Carlo, he meets a host of quirky characters who are also in hot pursuit of his uncle’s money.

The auditions are on Thurs., January 7, and Fri., January 8, at 6:30-9:30, with callbacks on Sat., January 9th starting at noon. Each applicant needs to prepare at least 16 bars of a song from a musical----accompaniment will be provided.
There will then be a cold reading from the script.

The shows will be on April, 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, with an matinee on the 10 also.
Rehearsals will be on either Monday or Tues. nights, and Saturdays during the day.

Please e-mail Shawn Cannon at thecannontheatre@gmail.com for an audition time, or call 978-760-3397.

Character descriptions:

Harry Witherspoon male tenor 28 – 36 lead (British accent)
Annabel Glick female alto 26 – 36 lead
Rita La Porta female alto 30 – 50 supporting (New Jersey accent)
Dr. Vincent (Vinnie) DeRuzio male baritone 38 – 50 supporting (Jersey/Italian accent)
Luigi Gaudi male tenor 46 – 54 supporting (Italian accent)
Dominique Di Monaco female alto 23 – 33 supporting (French accent)
Body of Anthony Hendon male mute 45 – 60 supporting
3 parts----playing various roles 20 – 65 chorus

HARRY WITHERSPOON A shy sweet-natured and insecure young Englishman, working as an underpaid shoe salesman in a dreary London suburb. Lonely, and beset by dogs and prying neighbors in his boardinghouse, Harry knows that life is passing him by, but feels incapable of making any changes or taking chances.

ANNABEL GLICK A representative of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Annabel is a young woman with a natural bent for causes. She takes life very seriously, and denies herself any small pleasures, for fear that if she waits for happiness to knock, it won't. Instead, she dedicates herself to good works. Annabel is the type who wears protests buttons and carries a bag full of useful things like tire guages and granola bars.

LUIGI GAUDI A boisterous and gregarious Italian. Luigi is a pivotal character, although his part is relatively small. He wears a beard, and perhaps an eye patch. As Tony Hendon, all disguises come off to reveal he is Rita's love interest.

RITA LA PORTA A woman with an extremely volatile nature and a severe case of nearsightedness. Rita is passionate, impulsive, jealous, manipulative and very insecure about her looks, which is why she rarely wears her glasses. She is also putty in the hands of the man she adores. Things often get out of control when Rita is present. She is a chain smoker.


VINCENT (VINNIE) DI RUZZIO Rita La Porta's brother. An optometrist. A nervous and conservative man, a pillar of the community and a person who would never do anything out of the ordinary, risky or controversial. Vinnie is allergic to smoke.

ENSEMBLE PLAYERS (2 Men, 2 Women) These performers double a variety of parts, including an English landlady; boarders; an English solicitor; travelers on a train; a French waiter; a bellhop; tourists; gamblers; an emcee; a French nightclub entertainer--(Dominique DiMonaco) ; a nun, a Texan, etc