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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Chase

Auditions for Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre

Come Blow Your Horn and An Inspector Calls are among the plays being cast



Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre at Bobby J’s has announced that auditions for their next few productions will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 7 p.m., with callbacks on Monday, March 27, 2023 at 7 p.m. at Bobby J’s, 204 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga.


Among the plays under consideration are:

Come Blow Your Horn, by Neil Simon

An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestley


Jay Desiderio, producer and director, will provide sides at the time of auditions. Actors are asked to email or private-message Jay to confirm that you will attend the audition: jaydesi47@yahoo.com or 716-713-7785.


Desiderio’s is considered a highly desirable place to work, sometimes does hire Equity actors, and schedules long runs for its productions. Jay anticipates the following performance dates:

  • Show One: May 3 through July 2

  • Show Two: August 17 through October 15

  • Show Three: Late November through January 21.


Come Blow Your Horn

By Neil Simon, 1961

In Neil Simon’s first play, we meet some familiar character types: Mr. Baker, who began working at age eleven and was married at twenty-one; Alan, his eldest son, a thirty-three-year-old confirmed bachelor and womanizer; Buddy, the youngest, who is Alan’s opposite -- hard-working, obedient, reserved, and unsure; Mrs. Baker is adept at the art of emotional manipulation and is prone to hysterics. The family struggles to understand and adjust to one another, as the two sons begin to grow up, and the parents realize that they are growing old.


Roles:

Alan Baker, 30s, lead role, a womanizer

Buddy Baker, 20s, lead role, Alan’s kid brother

Mr. Baker, Mature Adult, Supporting role, Businessman father of Alan and Buddy, husband of Mrs. Baker

Connie Dayton, 24 years old, Alan’s girlfriend, Supporting role

Mrs. Baker, Late 50s, Wife to Mr. Baker, mother to Alan and Buddy

Peggy Evans, 22 years old woman, gorgeous, gullible



An Inspector Calls

Priestley’s best-known play, written in 1945 and set in 1912.

Inspector Goole interrupts an engagement party at the home of the wealthy Birling family, to ask questions about the recent suicide of a young working-class woman. Every member of the family is revealed to be implicated in the woman’s downfall and death.


Roles:

Inspector Goole

A mysterious and authoritative character, Inspector Goole seems to be familiar with every detail of the case before he asks any questions. The Birlings, unaccustomed to criticism or questioning, doubt his credentials, and a phone call to the police station reveals there is no “Inspector Goole” on the force. He seems to be a supernatural and omniscient character, who has come to warn the Birlings to be accountable toward their fellow human beings and to take responsibility for their wrongdoing.

Arthur Birlin

A hard-headed businessman, and a man of privilege.

Sybil Birling

Arthur's wife. A smugly superior woman of the privileged class.

Sheila Birling

Daughter of Arthur and Sybil Birling, and the older sister of Eric. Naive and self-centered at first, she is revealed to be the most empathetic person in the family.

Eric Birling

The son of Arthur and Sybil Birling and the younger brother of Sheila. A spoiled rich boy. A drunk and a cad.

Gerald Croft

Born of the aristocracy, Croft is the son of Mr. Birling’s main competitor and his planned marriage to Sheila would secure all their fortunes. When his affair with the woman who has died is revealed, however, the engagement is ended. Croft keenly refuses to believe that Goole is a real inspector and doubts that they have all interacted with the same woman.

Edna

The Birlings' maid. The only working-class member of the Birling household.


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