Friends of Bygone – UC Follies

Bygone Theatre has a lot of close ties with the UC Follies; they co-produced our first production, “Doubt: A Parable” back in January 2013, and were a sponsor for our most recent production, “Dial M For Murder“. Deborah Lim, director of their current production, “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” also assisted backstage on “Dial M”. Here we ask her a few questions about her show:
51fc1baa5a5caCaesarWhat is your role with the UC Follies and “Julius Caesar”?
I’m working as the artistic director of UC Follies this year and I’m directing Julius Caesar.
Give us the UC Follies history – how and why did it get started?
The UC Follies is University College’s student-driven theatre troupe, entertaining University of Toronto’s St. George campus community for over 100 years with one simple goal: to provide an inclusive space for students to bring their talents outside of the classroom, and onto the stage. The UC Follies began its summer season in 2011 to provide opportunities for students who wanted to participate during the summer.
Give us a quick run-down of “Julius Caesar”
One of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar tells the story surrounding Caesar’s rise and fall. Taking modern ideas and applying them to the classic story, UCFollies is proud to present a dark re-telling of the beloved story of Julius Caesar.
What has been your favourite part of working on “Julius Caesar”?
My favourite part of this process has been working with such a talented and committed team. I’ve been working on this play for over a year as an abstract concept inside my head. But to have a cast and creative team who is able to take my ideas and run with them is truly rewarding.
Any fun rehearsal/performance stories or anecdotes you’d like to share?
We had a part in the play that involved a play parachute that we had to eventually cut out, but one rehearsal during our break, like children on a playground, we played the parachute games and all hid under the (not very large) parachute. It was a fun return to childhood.
Where and when can everyone see the show?
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar runs September 13, 14, 19-21 at 7:30pm in the UC Quad (15 King’s College Circle; centre of the building, west entrance). Tickets are $10 general, $8 students/seniors.
Anything else we should know?
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AUDITIONS – “Dial M For Murder”

Dial M Auditions Cover

Bygone Theatre is holding auditions for their upcoming production of Frederick Knott’s “Dial M For Murder”.

The show runs from August 15-17, 2013, with an 8:00pm evening show each night and a Saturday matinee at 2:00pm. It will be performed in the Robert Gill Theatre, at the corner of College and St. George in Toronto.

The show is non-union, non-paying.

Synopsis (from Dramatists Play Service):

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. But this doesn’t baffle the husband: He sees his hireling’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her, and that is what almost happens. Luckily, the police inspector from Scotland Yard and a young man who is in love with the wife discover the truth, and in a scene of almost unbearable suspense they trap the husband into revealing his guilt, thus freeing Margot.

Character Breakdown:

Tony Wendice: 30-38yrs, British accent an asset. A former professional tennis player, Tony is controlling, jealous and manipulative. He is slightly snobbish and very upper class. He plans an elaborate scheme to have his wife, Margot, killed because of jealousy over her affair with Max.

Margot Wendice: 25-30yrs old, British accent an asset. Margot is the charming and naïve wife of Tony. Margot has no idea that her husband knows of her affair with Max, and never suspects her husband of the least bit of wrongdoing.

Max Halliday: 25-35yrs. An American murder mystery writer, Max had an affair with Margot a year ago and is still in love with her. He is bright, charming, but decidedly middle class.

Captain Lesgate: 30-45yrs. An old college schoolmate of Tony’s and a convicted criminal. He is desperate for cash and has rather loose morals. He is hired to murder Margot.

Inspector Hubbard: 30-50. A British police inspector. A bit eccentric but ultimately a good man and a thorough, thoughtful detective.

Thompson: 20-50yrs. A police officer. Minor role.

Drop-in auditions are taking place in the PC Studio of the Fringe Creation Lab (720 Bathurst St., Toronto) on Friday May 24, 6:00-9:00pm and Saturday May 25, 4:00-7:00pm. Mandatory call-backs are Sunday May 26, 5:00-7:00pm (also in the PC Studio).

Actors should prepare a brief (1-2 minute) monologue that is appropriate for the show (think about both the time period and the style). They may be asked to do a cold read, and should be familiar with the play. Please bring a headshot and a resume, and be prepared to fill out a form with your general availability.

Hope to see you there!