Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: Present Laughter, Saturday, June 6, 2015 - by appointment

Present Laughter at Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions for Noël Coward’s comedy, are by appointment on Saturday June 6, 2015.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment.

Present Laughter is directed by Don Alder.

The director is seeking eleven actors: 6 women (20s-70s) and 5 men (ages 20-60s). Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. All roles receive remuneration. 



  • Please bring a current headshot & resume.
  • A 1-2 minute prepared comedic monologue is required. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script. Please be prepared to stay 30+ minutes if the director requests you to read with others. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director's discretion.
  • Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.


  • Present Laughter opens November 6, 2015 and continues through December 13, 2015. Performances are Thurs. – Sat. at 7:30 PM, some Sundays at 7:00 PM, some Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM and two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM. Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220-seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

About the show: Noël Coward’s classic Present Laughter is a witty, elegant, and sparkling valentine to the theater about Garry Essendine, a debonair matinee idol who never steps out of the spotlight—even when his life is complicated by the demands of friends, lovers, producers, and playwrights.

Plot: A famous actor, Garry Essendine, finds himself visited by a young admirer, Daphne Stillington, who manages to convince him to allow her to stay the night. The next day, Garry manages to convince her to leave -- but only after Daphne meets all three of his employees.

Garry's ex-wife, Liz Essendine, with whom he is still in contact, suspects that Garry's manager, Morris Dixon, is having an affair with Joanna (the wife of Garry's producer, Harry Lyppiatt). When Liz tries to talk to Garry about it, a young playwright, Roland Maule, comes in eager for Garry's critique of his new play. Garry ushers him out as quickly as possible, and later inquires with Morris about whether he had any sort of affair. Morris denies an affair, and Garry tells Liz of the news. Joanna shows up at Garry's house later, however, and seduces him. Liz finds out, and tries to blackmail Joanna, but Roland arrives to talk with Garry again.

Ultimately, Lady Saltburn, the aunt of an aspiring actress, has been promised an audition for her niece, and arrives to make good on Garry's pledge to her, with her niece in tow. It turns out that this very niece is, in fact, Daphne. Garry ends up buying a ticket for a tour in Africa to escape all the craziness, but Daphne, Roland, Joanna, and Liz all arrive in succession to inform him that they, too, have bought tickets for the same tour. Morris and Harry come to yell at Garry for his affair with Joanna, but he reveals his knowledge of their own liaisons, prompting Joanna to leave.

Ultimately, Garry and Liz decide to get together again, leaving Daphne and Roland locked in an adjacent room.


Breakdown of Roles:

Please note: All roles are open and all receive remuneration. 

  • GARRY ESSENDINE  40s, a Matinee idol who has an acute sense of self.
  • LIZ ESSENDINE, 30s, Gary's ex wife.
Early 20s 
Female. British. Pretty, eager, gently-bred debutante. A budding social climber, she does not realize that her attempts to be more sophisticated than she is are highly transparent. Any touch of youthful innocence about her is well leavened by her obvious ambition. In other words we must not feel she is being taken advantage of. Must have an excellent British accent. The character may have to sing but it’s not a necessity.

, 30s – Late 50s
. Female. Swedish. The housekeeper. Character woman. Chain smoker. Tattered. She is warm enough to have remained employed, but dour enough to frustrate. The character may have to sing but it’s not a necessity. Must have an excellent Swedish accent.

Late 30s – Early 60s. 
Female. British. The “Girl Friday.” A member of Garry’s inner circle. A pleasant, slightly austere woman. She is a professional but also a pal and confidant. Highly protective. She may have had romantic feelings for Garry years ago, but these are long sublimated, having instead decided-quite happily- to be indispensable to him in every other facet of his life. This has earned her the right to tell him the truth and to kid him mercilessly. She gives as good as she gets. Must have an excellent British accent.

  • FRED
, 30s – 50s. British. The Butler/ Houseman. Character man. A jolly, working class fellow with an uncomplicated view of life. May have to play the piano. Must have an excellent Cockney accent.

, 20s – Early 30s.
Male. British. Young character man. A struggling aspiring playwright with highly overblown ideas about his talent, his personal appeal, and his social skills. Highly intelligent but in that annoyingly precocious college kid way. Too earnest by half, he hides his nerves by assuming an air of gruff defiance. Needs to be able to mine rather outrageous comedy from this part while remaining tethered to reality. Must have an excellent British accent. The character may have to sing but it’s not a necessity.

  • HUGO,
 40s – 50s. 
Male. British. Dapper and neat. Leans toward the character side. Garry’s longtime producer. He can be highly excitable when prodded. Married out of his league. Part of the inner circle of close friends. Must have an excellent British accent.

, 40s – 50s.
Male. British. Maybe a little younger than Hugo. Tall and good looking. Garry’s director of choice. Maybe a bit bohemian, he has a hard time hiding his effusive emotions. A terrible liar. Part of the inner circle. Must have an excellent British accent.

  • JOANNA, 
Late 20s – Early 40s.
Female. British. Hugo’s trophy wife. Stylish. Quite attractive and well dressed. Knows she’s sexy and uses it to get what she wants. Possesses a great deal of self-assurance and considerable charm. “A stereotype diamond studded siren and a pleasure to the eye.” She aspires to be in both the inner circle and Garry’s bed. Must have an excellent British accent.

50s – 60s.
Female. British. Character woman. Majestic but effusive society woman. Daphne’s Aunt. Must have an excellent British accent.

Auditions for Present Laughter are by appointment on Saturday June 6, 2015. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment.

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