Audition Notice for Bullshot Crummond
Posted by carmen on Feb 7, 2014
Auditions: Monday and Tuesday February 17 & 18th at 7pm
The Acting Company: 815 B Street, Yuba City, CA 95991
No reservations required.
Under 18 needs parent/guardian signature for the release of liability
Contact email@example.com or (530) 751-1100 for questions.
Director: Gail Carter
This parody of low-budget 30s detective movies typifies British heroism at its dumbest. Teutonic villain Otto Von Brunno and his evil mistress Lenya crash their plane in the English countryside and kidnap Professor Fenton, who has discovered a formula for making synthetic diamonds. Bullshot Crummond is called to the rescue by the professor’s daughter Rosemary. The two meet at the Carlton Tea Rooms, where Crummond is convinced that their waiter is Otto in disguise. The real Otto shows up, paralyzes Crummond with a fiendish ray and crams a stick of dynamite in Crummond’s mouth that will explode when the next person enters the room. Rosemary enters, but the static electricity in her fur wrap averts the detonation. Crummond and Rosemary pursue Otto and Lenya in a hair-raising car chase, only to plunge over a cliff. They survive and sneak into the dungeons of Otto’s hideout – where the professor is being tortured. Crummond loses the ensuing saber duel with Otto. Unperturbed, Crummond finally triumphs by shooting the rest of the cast.
Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond:
He is the archetypal British officer who fought in the trenches of France, laughs at danger and doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear. He thinks of himself as a dashing young daredevil. In reality his has a deluded idea of his own capabilities. He is totally confident in anything he attempts but his shortcomings are quite obvious to the audience. An example of this is his saber duel with Von Brunno where he is hopelessly out classed but fails to realize it. Today Crummond would be termed a male chauvinist. The actor should be shorter than the rest of the cast including the women. Age around 30. Strong upper class English accent. Hair slicked back with high center-part.
Miss Rosemary Fenton:
She is an English rose of the most overdone genteel upbringing one can imagine. She has a very loud irritating laugh which Crummond finds charming. She is the type of woman who will agree with anything a man says, as she believes men to be superior to women. However, at points of danger she comes through to show her true red blooded spirit. There is an underlying sexual attraction between her and Crummond which neither of them quite understand. She is blonde and aged 25-30. Upper class English accent.
Otto Von Brunno: (the same actor also plays Salvatore Scalicio):
Von Brunno is a classic “B” movie teutonic villain sporting an oversized eyeglass and a shaved head. He speaks with a stock Hollywood style German accent pronouncing “s” as “z”. He should be extremely stiff in movement coupled with an evil laugh and wicked smile. He should be about six feet tall, age 30-40.
He is a stock type character who should closely resemble the acting style of the people we see on the TV series “The Untouchables.” His purpose in the script is to give the actor a chance to do a quick change routine.
Lenya Von Brunno:
She is Otto’s mistress. Their only basis for a relationship is that they both worship evil. She and Otto have continual fights because of his blunderings. She also has an irrepressible desire for Crummond and in the script annoys Otto by alluding to it. She has an evil laugh and takes pleasure in cruelty. The actress should be very tall and slim with a striking appearance. Age 25-30.
The parts of Algy Longwort, Professor Rupert Fenton, a country policeman, the Carlton waiter, Inspector Scabbard of the Yard, Wolfgang Schmidt and Marovitch are all played by the same actor. A series of wigs and costumes cam accomplish the changes. It is intended that the audience realize that one man is playing all the parts.
Would be termed in England ”an upper Class twit”. He has a very broad upper class accent and much of his manner is school boyish. His manner is rather affected. His favorite pastime would be sitting by the fire sipping pink gin. He delights in Crummond’s every adventure.
Professor Rupert Fenton:
He is a ‘B” movie type scientist who is terribly involved in his work. He has the highest moral standards and will not tell the Von Brunno’s his secrets. He should be played slightly doddering and very old.
A Waiter at the Carlton:
The waiter has a condescending attitude toward all customers who come to the Carlton. The Carlton is the best restaurant in London serving only the best people. He feels Crummond is a bit strange and not the type of customer that the Carlton caters to.
A Country Policeman:
He is a very straight part. The lines should be delivered with good sense. An English country accent could be used.
Inspector Scabbad of Scotland Yard/Wolfgang Schmidt:
The one armed inspector is the stick type policeman who is not very bright and is continually frustrated by the interference of Hugh Crummond. His voice is coarse but authentic. He is really Wolfgang Schmidt in disguise. Wolfgang speaks with a heavy German accent, no trace of which exists when portraying Scabbard. He adopts military rigidity in the presence of Otto and is very obedient. He changes character from Scabbard to Wolfgang instantly.
He is the most overdone of the characters the actor plays. He has a hunchback, a patch on his eye, a large scar and walks with a limp. His accent should be very heavy cockney.
If you would like to get a copy of the script to read prior to auditions or wish to talk to the director, please call Gail Carter at (530)701-4130. I look forward to seeing you at the auditions.
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