THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Douglas Jones
Director: Deborah Burke
SHOW DATES: Oct 15-31 (Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm)
approx. 2 hour show (ending early enough on Halloween to go trick-or-treating!)
AUDITIONS: at Powerhouse Theater, Waveny Park, New Canaan
Tuesday, August 3 – 4pm through 6:30pm (best date for young actors)
Sunday, August 15 – 7pm through 9pm
Monday, August 16 – 7pm through 9pm
If you have resume/headshot please bring to audition, but not necessary. Please arrive within the first 30 minutes of audition start time. THANK YOU!
REQUIREMENTS: All actors must be fully vaccinated. Only exception are for kids under the required age who should wear masks and be tested at various intervals. We will follow all CDC guidelines.
THE GOVERNESS: female, any ethnicity (should appear in her 20’s)
A young Victorian woman. Proper, capable, romantic, naive. She’s just been hired for her first job as governess to 2 orphaned children on a large country estate. The daughter of a stern minister, she’s had a very sheltered upbringing and has little in the way of life experience. Her new job puts an immense responsibility on her, since her employer—the children’s uncle—has demanded not to be bothered with their problems. She is extremely protective and hopes to win her employer’s approval. She views herself as a zealous guardian, a heroine facing dark forces..
MRS. GROSE: female, any ethnicity (should appear in her 40’s-60’s)
Housekeeper at Bly house. She is the children’s housekeeper, a kind-hearted but overwrought woman who initially supports the governess but grows increasingly wary of her mental stability..
MILES: boy, any ethnicity (should appear age 10-14)
The uncle’s nephew. A sweet, but very precocious troubled boy who’s been unexpectedly expelled from school. Possibly possessed. Needs to be good enough actor to play that fine line into a possible world of “not being responsible for his own actions”. Needs to be comfortable with a kiss interacting with The Governess.
FLORA: girl, any ethnicity (should appear age 8-12 – should appear younger than Miles)
Angelic, shy, precocious, yet very pleasant to be around. Needs to be good enough actor to play that fine line into a possible world of “not being responsible for her own actions”.
THE UNCLE/QUINT: male, any ethnicity (should appear in his 40’s-50’s)
Double role. The Uncle is a charming bachelor who has no interest in caring for his orphaned niece and nephew and so hires the governess. He is only in the short first scene. Quint is the ghost… or is he? Menacing presence. Very few lines. Some voiceover. Possibly videotaped. Could double for running crew during show.
MISS JESSEL: female, any ethnicity (should appear in her 20’s)
Miss Jessel is a ghost …. or is she?? Sad, longing type. Very few lines. Some voiceover. Possibly videotaped. Could double for running crew during show.
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QUESTIONS? Feel free to contact DEBORAH BURKE at: info@TPNC.org
PLOT / REVIEWS:
Thriller based on the novel by Henry James, genuine chills are provided in this tale of a governess, left in charge of a boy and a girl at a lonely estate, who begins to suspect that the ghosts of two former servants have hideous designs upon the children. But the governess is the only one who can see the ghosts—and to complicate matters further, the children may know more than they’re telling. If the governess is right, the children are in terrible peril, but if she’s wrong, she herself might be driving them mad. With every twist in the plot (or turn of the screw) the tension increases until something—or someone—must snap.
Revered as one of the greatest ghost stories ever told, Henry James’s novella, The Turn of the Screw is an eerie Victorian masterpiece.
“Oscar Wilde called Henry James’s chilling The Turn of the Screw ‘a most wonderful, lurid poisonous little tale’.”
” The Turn of the Screw is an intense psychological tale of terror.” – cscanada.net
“Edge-of-your-seat exciting.” -Richmond Times-Dispatch
“The Granddaddy of all ghost stories.” -WRVA-FM