By Tim Koenig
Directed by Lorrie Quinnelly. By special arrangement with Concord Theatricals
Show Dates: November 10th-12th; 17th-19th, 2023
All Claire wants is the perfect Christmas. She’s hired famous gourmet chef, Vilma Hasenpfeffer, to prepare her famous Hasenpfeffer Hollandaise Sauce for her dinner guests. Unfortunately, the chef is late, the guests are early and there are burglars loose in the neighborhood. To top it all off, Claire’s father has been hit on the head and thinks he’s the leading man in all of the West End theatre productions of the past 30 years! Claire and her brother try to keep it all together as situations continue to unravel in this sidesplitting British farce reminiscent of Arsenic and Old Lace. But once the mayhem dies down, the true Christmas spirit shines bright.
Auditions will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, at 2pm and Monday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 pm at the theatre. Cast calls for 4M, 4W, 1 either. Ages 25-70
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
Character breakdown for Happy Hollandaise!
(British accents except where noted)
Claire Finley– Impulsive and manipulative, but not malicious
George Finley – Claire’s brother; charming, but clumsy
Philip Finley – George and Claire’s eccentric father
Vilma Hasenpfeffer – renowned German gourmet chef famous for her sauces; also plays her twin sister, Helga (German accent)
Larry Finch– the Lone Wolf Burglar; a second-story man past his prime (cockney accent)
Irene Quigley – Larry’s young apprentice from America
Father William Abbot– the new vicar; nervous about his new parish
Mary Abbot– Father Abbot’s long-suffering and very pregnant wife
Inspector Archie (or Alice) Abernathy– officious and by-the-book