The Savannah Sipping Society auditions July 17 & 19 at The Phipps

Auditions for The Savannah Sipping Society, a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, will be held on Monday and Wednesday, July 17 and 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. Actors may schedule an audition time by going to Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Rehearsals begin August 7, Monday-Thursday, with possible weekend rehearsals, depending on cast availability. Nine performances will be given September 15-October 1, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

The Savannah Sipping Society is a comedy with incredible heart by the writers of The Dixie Swim Club. The ensemble cast features roles for four actresses, who do not have to be the age listed for the characters, just able to portray that age in performance. Four middle-aged women, Randa, 49; Marlafaye, 57; Dot, 69; and Jinx, 53, all find themselves alone at this point in their lives. After meeting at a hot yoga class, which they all hate, they decide to get together for drinks and companionship. They become fast friends and confidantes as they travel through this new phase of their lives.

Miranda “Randa” Covington, age 49, is a self-proclaimed “career gal” architect from Augusta, Ga., who moved to Savannah after college. She has a public meltdown after being passed over for a partnership to a 30-year-old man, which results in her losing her job. Randa’s identity is tied to her career, so when she loses her job, she finds that she does not have much else in her life to fulfill her. She does not have a good relationship with her wealthy family. Most of the action of the play takes place on her veranda. Randa is a logical person who does not typically stray outside of her comfort zone.

Marlafaye Mosley, age 57, is a former nurse turned liquor sales representative from Texas whose husband left her for a 20-year-old dental hygienist. Marlafaye moved to Savannah to rid herself of her former life. She is new to the area and finds a deep friendship with the other characters. Marlafaye is a loud-mouth, open book who wears her heart on her sleeve. Always quick with a joke, she is a quick-witted woman who is seeking companionship in this phase of her life. Marlafaye has many physical comedy bits.

Dot Haigler, age 69, is a French teacher from Oklahoma who retired along with her husband to Tybee Island, near Savannah. Her husband died eight months after they moved to their new home and now Dot is alone in a new place with shattered expectations of a carefree retirement with her husband, especially with a “drawer full of sexy underwear that is completely useless to me.” Dot is level-headed and intelligent.

Jinx Jenkins, age 53, is a manager of a beauty bar and an aspiring life coach. She moved to Savannah to be near her sister who has Alzheimer’s disease. Jinx is a floater, never staying in one place too long. Her father left when she was young and her mother passed when she was in high school, so her sister is the only family she has left. Jinx is a spitfire lady who throws caution to the wind and pushes the other women to take risks and be spontaneous.

There is one additional non-speaking female role that appears for a few moments at the end of Act I. Actresses should indicate if they are interested in this small role at the time of auditions.

The director comments, “This show is funny and heartwarming. The story is a journey of discovery that each of these women face together. The show is set in Savannah, Ga, so actresses will need to be comfortable learning and performing a southern dialect, which is not necessary for auditions. The dialect will be taught and rehearsed. This show contains lots of slap-stick physical comedy, so actresses should be comfortable with it and prepared to move.”

Director Marcie Berg has worked at various theaters throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her most recent directing credits include A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody at The Phipps, We are Monsters for Ashland Productions’ A.C.T. program, and Death by Design: A Comedy with Murder at Lakeshore Players.

For further information, contact the center at 715.386.2305.

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