Stag and Doe
A comedy by Mark Crawford
Directed by Jake La Jeunesse
Email the director Jake La Jeunesse now for a copy of the script and/or an audition time to suit. On application for an audition time, you will be e-mailed some designated audition pieces. We will have people to read other roles in for you. If you have specific questions, feel free to e-mail Jake.
Read-through on Sunday, 8 December
Rehearsals begin Sunday, 19 January
Sundays 7:00–9:30pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30–10:00pm
Production Dates: 29 February–21 March 2020
In Ontario, Canada, Bonnie and Brad struggle to raise the money for their wedding. Costs are ballooning out of control, and both their credit cards are maxed out. They’re placing all their hopes on a Canadian tradition, the Stag and Doe party, but even that is proving expensive. Their efforts are strained further when Mandy and Rob show up. Mandy, distraught over losing her wedding tent to a kleptomaniacal thunderstorm and empowered by her father’s deep pockets, demands the use of the reception hall for her wedding. And to her added misfortune, her fiance Rob finds himself distracted by Bonnie’s best friend, Dee, who he happened to abandon at the altar several years ago.
Jake La Jeunesse has spent a lifetime in the theatre, working his way up from a lowly 2nd chair trumpet in a high school orchestra to commanding the helm of Howick Little Theatre’s Stag and Doe. Previously, he has directed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, a few scripts he penned himself, three years worth of Vaudeville revivals, and a slew of high school productions. Despite hailing from the southern shore of Lake Superior, he’s only actually been to Canada once. New to Auckland, he has appeared in California Suite and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the past year.
The following roles available for audition:
Canadian accents will be used for the performance, but can be learned during production and are not necessary for auditions. All characters are in their twenties to mid-thirties.
Bonnie: The doe. She’s excited about getting married, but at her wits end with planning it. With her fiance, Brad, she needs to raise some serious funds for the wedding, and the stress is getting to her.
Dee: Bonnie’s best friend. Loyal to Bonnie, Dee is there to help out with the miserable details of party planning. But some events in her past catch up with her. Of all the Stag and Doe parties in all the reception halls in all of Ontario, he had to walk into hers...
Brad: The stag. Like Bonnie, Brad is facing the very real possibility of being crushed under the weight of his wedding debt. After maxing out his credit card, he begins to have doubts when Bonnie springs the news of her $6000 wedding dress.
Mandy: A bride. After a lifetime of planning the perfect wedding, a few minutes of lousy weather have rained on her parade, and not even her father’s money can keep her glued together as she replans her entire wedding in a few hours.
Rob: A groom. Rob is pretty sure he’s ready to get married. By now, at least. But he’s reminded of his doubts when he runs into Dee, who won’t let him forget how he left her at the Altar years ago.
Jay: A young caterer dealing with all the common problems, loneliness, the challenges of being a single parent, and losing his entire team to a drug bust on the day they have to prepare for a wedding. Desperate for help, he happens to run into a young couple who need money fast and their attractive—and single—best friend.