Audition: Moon Over Buffalo


Moon Over Buffalo

by Ken Ludwig
Director: Samuel Young

Audition Date/Time: Sunday, December 8 (6:00-9:00pm) and Monday, December 9 (6:30-9:00pm)

By appointment, in individual slots within each half hour period.

CALLBACKS: Wednesday, December 11 from 6:30-9:30pm, by invitation only

Production Dates/Times:

March 20 – April 19, 2020
Thursday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. 

To Reserve Your Audition Time:

Please click on the following link and complete the online submission form.  Please attach your headshot and resume. https://form.jotform.com/93107863382158

Note: If the slots are full, please check back regularly as openings do happen up until the audition dates.


Sunday Auditions: Blackbox Theater at Helix Charter High School, 4200 Lowell Street, La Mesa, CA 91942

Directions will be included in your confirmation email.

Monday Auditions: Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118 (please check with front desk for specific room).

If you have any questions not answered in this announcement, you may email audition@coronadoplayhouse.com

Please note:  No photos or video recording permitted during auditions or callbacks.

Audition Details:

  • For all roles: Prepare a one-minute contemporary comedic monologue. Side will be provided for cold readings from the script.

You need to know all of your conflicts from February 9 through March 19, 2020 and these must be listed on the audition form. Please ensure you do not have any performance date conflicts.

Audition forms will be emailed to you in advance. Please plan to bring your completed audition form, your headshot and your resume with you to the audition. 

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, February 9 at 6pm. The rehearsal schedule will be provided in advance of the first read through.  Typically, they are held Sunday through Wednesday evenings and possibly during the day on Saturday but then expand once the current show closes.

  • Strictly a Non-Equity production.

If you are asked to come to callbacks, you will be provided with sides from the show.

Show synopsis: 

In the mad-cap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

Cast List and Breakdown: 

All roles open to all ethnicities.

George Hay – Male, 50s-60s

Very dramatic, a slapstick type, over-the-top actor. Must be able to do strong physical comedy, including pratfalls, running, stage combat (fencing), etc.

Charlotte Hay – Female, 50s 

She helps to run the acting troupe and plays all the leads, even those for which she is a bit too old. Must be able to do an upper-class British accent.

Ethel – Female, 60s-70s

Charlotte’s mother. Grumpy, troublemaker, hard of hearing, leading to comic misunderstandings. Should have huge stage presence and strong comedic skills.

Rosalind “Roz” Hay – Female, 20-30 years old 

George and Charlotte’s daughter, used to be an actress and a member of their acting troupe, but she decided that she wanted a real career, so she left – determined never to act again – or be like her parents. Must be able to do an upper-class British accent.

Eileen – Female. early 20s 

An aspiring actress, eager to please. She has a crush on George and has been having a fling with him. 

Howard – late 20s-early 30s

A weatherman and Rosalind’s fiancé. He comes across as a wimp, a little annoying, nervous and very excitable. Must be able to do strong physical comedy.

Paul – late 20s-early 30s 

A member of the acting troupe, who used to be with Rosalind and still loves her and wants her back; but he is an actor first and foremost, so he wouldn’t leave the troupe to be with her. Must be able to do strong physical comedy.

Richard – 50s-60s 

He is George and Charlotte’s attorney, but he is in love with Charlotte – always trying to get her to leave George. He is wealthy and used to getting what he wants, and he is both amused and perplexed by the Hay family.