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Cheaper by the Dozen Auditions December 15th

Directed by Jeff Goldberg

Adapted by Sherman Sergel
From the Book by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing

Audition Date: Saturday, December 15th at 10:00am
Performance Dates: March 21-24, 29-31, 2019

No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening

Audition Requirements:

Please bring a list of all potential conflicts.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Plot Summary:

Based on a true story, Cheaper by the Dozen tells the story of the Gilbreth family. Their inventor father, who is well-known for bringing better efficiency to factories, keeps his family of twelve children running just as efficiently. This play is told from the point of view of two of his children reflecting on the last few months before his death. He was preparing the family for his imminent departure, but most of his children, like most of the young children in the audience, were unaware of the fact. It is an extremely funny, heart-warming, and family-friendly tale, and the tragic catharsis of the father’s death is beautiful to the adults in the audience, who can understand the euphemisms.

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Character Breakdown:

Mr. Gilbreth (Dad): Late 40’s to mid 50’s. Carries himself with the self-assurance of a successful man who is proud of his wife and family as well as his business accomplishments. Though a disciplinarian, he loves nothing so much as a good joke, preferably one on himself.

Mrs. Gilbreth (Mother): Late 40’s to mid 50’s. A gracious, attractive woman. She is also a psychologist. In her own way, she is often able to get better results with her large family more so than her disciplinarian husband.

Anne: The oldest, about 17. Attractive, sweet-natured, but stands up to her father.

Ernestine: About 15. Also the Co-Narrator.

Martha: About 14. Speaks some German. We will teach it to the actress chosen.

Frank:Aabout 16. Also the Co-Narrator.

Bill, Lillian, Fred, Dan, Jackie: The younger children (ages variable from 13 – 5).

Mrs. Fitzgerald: The housekeeper – a kind woman who is completely devoted to the family. Sometimes her patience is tried by the ongoing chaos of the large family (age 50 – 70).

Dr. Burton: The family doctor – a plain-spoken man (age 40 – 60).

Joe Scales: Anne’s age (about 17). A very short, cocky cheerleader.

Miss Brill: A teacher who has no love for the children and they have none for her (age 35 – 50).

Larry: Anne’s age (about 17), nice-looking, clean-cut boy. Anne’s “special friend”.