AUDITIONS

Modern Classics Theatre Company will hold auditions for Lillian Hellman’s drama “Watch on the Rhine” on Tuesday, March 10, Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the BACCA Arts Center, 149 N. Wellwood Ave. in Lindenhurst. Performances are 8 p.m. June 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2:30 p.m. June 14 and 21. All roles are open and sides will be provided. Roles requiring accents are indicated below. For additional information, contact the director, Dan Bubbeo, at 516-357-9216 or dbubbeo@aol.com.

PLOT SUMMARY

The play takes place in the spring of 1940. anti-Fascist German engineer Kurt Muller arrives with his American-born wife, Sara (Bette Davis), and their three children, at the home of Sara’s mother, Fanny Farrelly, in Washington, D.C. The Mullers have enduring 17 difficult years in Europe, where Kurt has engaged in underground resistance to the rising Nazi threat. Unscrupulous Romanian count Teck de Brancovis, a houseguest of Fanny’s, discovers Kurt’s secret and threatens to expose his activities to his contacts at the German embassy.

CHARACTERS

KURT MULLER (40-49, must have a German accent)

He is strong and passionate in his fight against Fascism and has endured much suffering in his fight to make the world a better place. A loving husband and devoted father.

SARA MULLER (35-45, Kurt’s wife but she was born and raised in America)

Devoted wife to Kurt and mother to her three children who has obviously dealt with much hardship yet she has never complained. She has no problem standing up to her forceful mother and holds the same beliefs as her husband.

FANNY FARRELLY (60s-70s, Sara’s mother, American)

Domineering society matron who is used to getting what she wants. She expects people to do as she says. Despite her abrasive nature, she loves her daughter and son, David. Her biggest flaw may be how naive and oblivious to the evil forces not only in the world but in her own home.

TECK DE BRANCOVIS (40s-50s, must have an Eastern European accent)

He’s a Count of Romanian descent staying at the Farrelly home. He and his wife, Marthe, are basically penniless and have stayed past their welcome. Teck has tried to establish Nazi ties with his visits to the German embassy. Ruthless, cunning and unscrupulous, Teck will do anything for money, including selling information on Kurt to the Nazis.

MARTHE DE BRANCOVIS (30s-early 40s, born and raised in America)

Marthe was forced into marriage with Kurt and it’s obvious she despises him and everything he stands for. It’s also no secret that she is in love with Fanny’s son, David.

DAVID FARRELLY (30s-40s, Fanny’s son and Sara’s brother, American)

Like his mother, David has also led a somewhat sheltered life is oblivious to world events. Handsome and charming, he is obviously attracted to Marthe. In his mother’s eye, he has never quite lived up to the man his father was. As events unravel in the Farrelly household, he discovers an inner strength that he didn’t realize he possessed.

ANISE (female, 60-79, must have a French accent)

French housekeeper and begrudging friend of Fanny. She is a proud woman who stands up to Fanny Farrelly’s overbearing nature, sometimes gets nervous or excited.

JOSEPH (servant, any age or ethnicity, American)

Likeable, faitfhful servant who is not afraid to speak up to Fanny. He also teaches Sara’s son to play baseball. 

JOSHUA MULLER (Kurt and Sara’s older son, 14-17, must have a German/Eastern European accent)

Practical, level-headed adolescent

BABETTE MULLER (Kurt and Sara’s daughter, 12-14, must have a German/Eastern European accent)

Sweet, good-natured girl

BODO MULLER (Kurt and Sara’s younger son, 9-11, must have a German/Eastern European accent)

He’s a bit of a know it all.

Modern Classics Theatre Company will hold auditions for Lillian Hellman’s drama “Watch on the Rhine” on Tuesday, March 10, Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the BACCA Arts Center, 149 N. Wellwood Ave. in Lindenhurst. Performances are 8 p.m. June 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2:30 p.m. June 14 and 21. All roles are open and sides will be provided. Roles requiring accents are indicated below. For additional information, contact the director, Dan Bubbeo, at 516-357-9216 or dbubbeo@aol.com.

PLOT SUMMARY

The play takes place in the spring of 1940. anti-Fascist German engineer Kurt Muller arrives with his American-born wife, Sara (Bette Davis), and their three children, at the home of Sara’s mother, Fanny Farrelly, in Washington, D.C. The Mullers have enduring 17 difficult years in Europe, where Kurt has engaged in underground resistance to the rising Nazi threat. Unscrupulous Romanian count Teck de Brancovis, a houseguest of Fanny’s, discovers Kurt’s secret and threatens to expose his activities to his contacts at the German embassy.

CHARACTERS

KURT MULLER (40-49, must have a German accent)

He is strong and passionate in his fight against Fascism and has endured much suffering in his fight to make the world a better place. A loving husband and devoted father.

SARA MULLER (35-45, Kurt’s wife but she was born and raised in America)

Devoted wife to Kurt and mother to her three children who has obviously dealt with much hardship yet she has never complained. She has no problem standing up to her forceful mother and holds the same beliefs as her husband.

FANNY FARRELLY (60s-70s, Sara’s mother, American)

Domineering society matron who is used to getting what she wants. She expects people to do as she says. Despite her abrasive nature, she loves her daughter and son, David. Her biggest flaw may be how naive and oblivious to the evil forces not only in the world but in her own home.

TECK DE BRANCOVIS (40s-50s, must have an Eastern European accent)

He’s a Count of Romanian descent staying at the Farrelly home. He and his wife, Marthe, are basically penniless and have stayed past their welcome. Teck has tried to establish Nazi ties with his visits to the German embassy. Ruthless, cunning and unscrupulous, Teck will do anything for money, including selling information on Kurt to the Nazis.

MARTHE DE BRANCOVIS (30s-early 40s, born and raised in America)

Marthe was forced into marriage with Kurt and it’s obvious she despises him and everything he stands for. It’s also no secret that she is in love with Fanny’s son, David.

DAVID FARRELLY (30s-40s, Fanny’s son and Sara’s brother, American)

Like his mother, David has also led a somewhat sheltered life is oblivious to world events. Handsome and charming, he is obviously attracted to Marthe. In his mother’s eye, he has never quite lived up to the man his father was. As events unravel in the Farrelly household, he discovers an inner strength that he didn’t realize he possessed.

ANISE (female, 60-79, must have a French accent)

French housekeeper and begrudging friend of Fanny. She is a proud woman who stands up to Fanny Farrelly’s overbearing nature, sometimes gets nervous or excited.

JOSEPH (servant, any age or ethnicity, American)

Likeable, faitfhful servant who is not afraid to speak up to Fanny. He also teaches Sara’s son to play baseball. 

JOSHUA MULLER (Kurt and Sara’s older son, 14-17, must have a German/Eastern European accent)

Practical, level-headed adolescent

BABETTE MULLER (Kurt and Sara’s daughter, 12-14, must have a German/Eastern European accent)

Sweet, good-natured girl

BODO MULLER (Kurt and Sara’s younger son, 9-11, must have a German/Eastern European accent)

He’s a bit of a know it all.