Auditions for “The Miser”, a French romantic comedy by Moliere, will be held Monday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the theater, located at 212 6th Street in Wallace.
There are eight roles for males ages 19 to 60 years of age, and six roles for women, ages 19 to 60. Actors will be asked to read portions of the script for their audition.
Rehearsals will begin January 7. The production will open on Feb. 22, and runs through March 9th.
The Miser centers around the life of Harpagon, a miser of the worst sort who very much wants to have his cake and eat it too. His greed has warped his perception of reality, both in terms of himself and in terms of the way others see him. Harpagon is surrounded by people who are trying to get their hands on his wealth, mostly for the purpose of getting married. Harpagon's daughter is in love with a manservant and his son is flirting with the young maid Harpagon himself has his eye on. The ensuing play is a rollicking comedy of tricks and turns, of deception and drollery, of the triumph of love even in the face of the tightest fists.
Harpagon's miserliness isn't just about pinching a few pennies- he steals oats from his horse, cooks only for eight when there are 10 guests (not to mention that he ensures that the food is exactly what his guests don't like, he is all set to marry away his daughter to a completely unsuitable old man in order to save on dowry and perhaps worst of all, he actually thinks that he can snare the heart of a fabulous young woman even though he looks and smells like mothballs.