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Emerging theatre company BUSHEL/BARREL/TUN presents a staged reading of Stephanie Neuerburg’s adaptation of Gail Carson Levine’s classic young adult novel, ELLA ENCHANTED, directed by Susannah Rose Woods.
Fairy Lucinda curses Ella with the “gift” of obedience, and suddenly she has to do everything she’s told — sometimes at the risk of her own life. After the death of her mother and her father’s remarriage to the wicked Dame Olga, Ella takes matters into her own hands and sets out on a journey to find Lucinda and break the curse — battling ogres, meeting giants, and trying to avoid her evil stepsisters, Hattie & Olive. When Ella finds herself tangled in a possible romance with the Crown Prince Charmont, her curse makes things even more complicated — does she accept his proposal and endanger the kingdom, or break her own heart and let him go? ELLA ENCHANTED is an uplifting, sometimes terrifying, ultimately empowering retelling of the classic Cinderella story, where a young woman learns love is stronger than even the most horrible curse.
BUSHEL / BARREL / TUN is a brand-new theatre company centered on telling stories focused on the female experience. We believe there are no limits to what can be shared and learned from the universality of female-centric stories, regardless of identity or setting. For our premiere production, we are taking Stephanie Neuerburg’s adaptation of Gail Carson Levine’s classic young adult novel ELLA ENCHANTED to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. Our UK cast is already lined up for the summer, but we are searching for six local actors to help us get the word out for our production by showcasing the script at a PWYC reading hosted by the Pocket Theatre. More information can be found on our official Facebook page (@Ella Enchanted at the Edinburgh Fringe), or at gofundme.com/ella-enchanted-fringe/
Rehearsals (all at TPS):
Saturday, April 8 - 6 to 9pm
Sunday, April 9 - 6 to 9pm
Wednesday, April 12 - 4 to 7pm
Performance (at the Pocket):
April 13 - 7pm
Character Breakdown / Project Needs
ELLA ENCHANTED is a new twist on a classic fairy tale, set in the fictional land of Kyrria — we want our fictional world to reflect our real one, so we are especially looking for actors of color to join Ella on her quest, and all ethnicities and gender / sexual identities are encouraged to audition. Feel free to specify any characters you’d like to be considered for, if applicable. The role of Ella has already been cast.
MANDY / CLAUDIA / TEACHER 1 / LADY ALANNA —Ella’s fairy godmother and the family’s cook, warmhearted, generous, and practical, but always stands up for Ella against her
stepfamily // Lucinda’s fairy companion, disapproving of her reckless magic // instructs language at finishing school, impressed with Ella’s “abilities” but quickly become impatient as Ella tests the teachers’ boundaries // one of Char’s knights who accompanies him to fight the ogres, brisk & career-orientated
PRINCE CHAR / EDMUND / CYRIL — Crown Prince of Kyrria, truly believes in the good in everyone but doesn’t allow his royal status any special exceptions, Ella’s love interest // the Earl of Wolleck, an older man Ella’s father finds for her to marry when Ella’s family goes bankrupt, a little ridiculous yet sympathetic // Lucinda’s fairy companion, disapproving of her reckless magic
MOTHER / QUEEN DARIA / TEACHER 2 / DAME OLGA — Ella’s mother, kind, concerned with Ella’s safety, mischievous // Char’s mother, Queen of Kyrria, honest, receptive // teaches at finishing school, impressed with Ella’s “abilities” but quickly become impatient as Ella tests the teachers’ boundaries // Hattie & Olive’s mother, Ella’s stepmother, unpleasant, jealous, fauxgrandiose
SIR PETER / KING JERROLD / SIR STEPHAN — Ella’s father, stern, unfamiliar with his daughter, greedy // Char’s father, merry, moralistic, forgiving // one of Char’s knights who
accompanies him to fight the ogres, friendly, Char’s #1 fan
HATTIE / NISSH / LUCINDA — Ella’s stepsister, an “unpleasant conniver,” realizes Ella has to do everything she says but doesn’t understand why, jealous // one of the ogres Ella meets in the woods, takes advantage of her curse // the fairy who curses Ella with obedience, braggadocious, naive, completely unaware of her curses’ repercussions
OLIVE / SEEF / AREIDA / NANCY — Ella’s stepsister, “a simpleton,” obsessed with money, doesn’t understand Ella’s curse at all // one of the ogres Ella meets in the woods, greedy // Ella’s best friend from finishing school, compassionate, shy, an outsider, extremely loyal to Ella // the head servant for Ella’s family, nervous
March 20, 430 to 7pm. Please email for an appointment.
Sides will be provided before audition day. Feel free to specify which character(s) you'd like to read for, otherwise sides will be chosen for you and given via email.
This project is unpaid; however, we hope to remedy this with lots of complimentary donuts and coffee, not to mention our immense gratitude for being a part in developing B/B/T’s first production.
Ella Enchanted staged reading added February 23, 2017, 5:29 pm
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