Auditions announced for ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

CheaperX12William Woods University Theatre announces open auditions for its final mainstage production of the season, “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Auditions are scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, and Tuesday, March 1, in Cutlip Auditorium. There are parts for five men and five women. Children’s roles are available for three girls and three boys. Those trying out will read from the script. This is not a musical.

Performances will be will be in Cutlip Auditorium April 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m.

Play Description – Suppose you’re an attractive high school girl and you’re not only a member of a large and unique family, but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective!

To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school—especially to the boys! Dad pushes ahead with better organization for his large and delightful family. He puts up a chart for the young people to initial after completing each household task, uses a rung as an imaginary bathtub to demonstrate how to take a really efficient bath and appoints a utilities officer to levy fines on wasters of electricity.

While the situations are often uproarious, there’s a serious reason. Dad has a heart condition, which he’s keeping secret. The children don’t understand them. Anne, the oldest, rebels. Both Dad and she are miserable at the lack of understanding between them. Then, in a deft and moving scene, Dad becomes aware of how much Anne has grown up.

The production will be directed by Joe Potter, assistant professor and artistic director of theatre. Staff member Jane Friedman will design the costumes.