Van Wert Civic Theatre

Auditions set for The Sunshine Boys

Copy of TheSunshineBoys_ColorCMYKPlease consider auditioning for this great Neil Simon show The Sunshine Boys. Director Doug Grooms will be looking for a cast of 5 men and 2 women.  Auditions will be held Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21 at 7 p.m.  Contact Doug to review a script.  

Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. VWCT presented this play in April of 1981. We are sure you will find it just as funny and touching in 2019 as you did in 1981. Show dates are March 7, 8, 9, 10*, 14, 15, 16, 17*, 2019.

Character descriptions–

Willie Clark – One half of the famous vaudeville duo known as the Sunshine Boys, Willie is a cranky, fiercely independent man, not as young as he used to be, and nostalgically protective of the glory days of his glamorous past.
Ben Silverman – Willie’s nephew and only living relative, an agent, frequently driven to heart palpitations by his frustration with his uncle, whom he looks after.
Al Lewis – The former vaudeville partner of Willie, who abruptly decided to retire after 43 years of performing. Now elderly, he lives with his daughter and her young family.
Television Director, at CBS.
Patient – A minor member of the doctor sketch, one of the Sunshine Boys’ most famous acts.
Eddie – The young and efficient assistant TV director at CBS.
Nurse – A young attractive woman, playing a burlesque nurse in the Sunshine Boys’ doctor sketch.
Registered Nurse – A sensible, brusque healthcare practitioner hired to look after Willie.