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Auditions This Month for ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’

Auditions for the Brass Rail Players' next show, the classic screwball comedy "The Man Who Came to Dinner," are set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Lindenwood University's Belleville Auditorium, 2600 W. Main St.

Four performances will run Thursday through Sunday, March 7-10, 2013, at Lindenwood's Belleville Auditorium. For the auditions, director Glenn Saltamachia of Swansea will have those who try out read scenes from the script with others on stage.

The three-act play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart is set in the small town of Mesalia, Ohio, in the weeks before Christmas sometime in the '30s. Radio host Sheridan Whiteside of New York City's been invited to dine with Ernest Stanley, a rich factory owner, and his family. However, Whiteside slips on a patch of ice outside the front door and injures his hip. He stays six weeks to recuperate, and his demands and tart-tongued remarks are frustrating the household. While he's an invalid, a parade of colorful characters enters the home, turning the Stanleys' lives topsy-turvy.

A large ensemble cast is needed, with age ranges from teens to senior citizens; some actors may be cast in more than one small part. Besides Whiteside, leading characters include: the exasperated host Mr. Stanley; his high-strung wife Daisy; their son Richard, a talented amateur photographer; their daughter June, a union organizer in love with Sandy; Ernest's sister Harriet, an eccentric elderly aunt with a past, who lives with the Stanleys; and Whiteside's private secretary Maggie Cutler.

Supporting roles include the absent-minded town physician Dr. Bradley; his frantic nurse Miss Preen, a humorless prude; the star-struck butler John; his wife Sarah, the household cook; newspaper reporter Bert Jefferson; strange-looking Professor Metz, an entomologist; temperamental young actress Lorraine Sheldon; Sandy, June's union-organizer boyfriend; flamboyant British entertainer Beverley Carlton; star-struck neighbors Mrs. Dexter and Mrs. McCutcheon; radio producer Westcott; and prison guard Mr. Baker.

Small roles as Banjo, a Harpo Marx-type character; three convicts, expressman, radio technicians, deputies, choir singers, and a plainclothes policeman are available.

An audition form can be downloaded at For more information, call director Glenn Saltamachia at (618) 588-2333 or email at:

Now in their third season, the Brass Rail Players are a community theater organization based in Belleville. Visit our website,, and “Like” us on Facebook.

The Brass Rail Players has non-profit status with the IRS, and is registered with the county and state as a 501 C3 not-for-profit organization. We are a member of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce and St. Louis area Arts for Life.

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