"The Last Sentinel"
"The Last Sentinel" was written by local playwright, Denis LaComb, who has also written several other shows produced by the Second Act Players.
The show will be directed by Charlotte Kodner
Please contact Charlotte at 612-670-1109
Audition Dates, Times and Locations:
Monday, June 10, 2 to 4 pm
Tuesday, June 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
Sides will be available at the audition. Please bring a resume and headshot if you have one.
First read through will be held at first rehearsal, Monday, July 1. Rehearsals will typically be Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Mandatory tech week dates:
Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday, August 12-14, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Mandatory performance dates:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening 7 p.m.,
August 15-17-with Saturday matinee, August 17.
Summary of the Show:
Story Synopsis: Four women in a nursing home agree to support one another as the end of their lives appears closer. A mysterious woman (the Scooter Lady) offers them wisdom and advice for the hereafter.
6 ensemble cast members (5 women & 1 man)
3 ancillary roles Candy Striper & two nurses
5 individuals (The Angels)
5 patrons in dining area,
several extras can have multiple roles
Dependent upon availability
Ages of participants
The six ensemble members are 60 – 70 years of age
(with some latitude here). Other ages may vary.
All four of the main characters are women in their later years, not age specific. They are in an assisted-living facility. They are all widows and feel very much alone. None of them are willing to address their pending demise. Angela decides that if they band together as newfound friends, they will be able to face the end better than being alone.
She is the initial organizer of the group and the one who sees where these women are heading if they don’t make more friends. She isn’t afraid of Ethel and pushes the women as much because she is fearful of death and she wants to have friends around her when she finally passes on. She believes that if these women band together, they won’t be alone at the end of their lives.
On the surface, she is the most sarcastic and negative of the group. She is among other things a card shark – any kind of card game or betting opportunity. She keeps drawing the residents into games and taking all their money, men especially. She freely gives advice and makes comments to everyone. She seems to have a very negative view of life. She is especially irritated with Rose and her ‘rose colored view’ of life.
She isn’t afraid to stand up to Ethel, not only because she is religious and Ethel is an atheist but she can see Ethel as a very flawed person. She is always defending Rose against remarks made by Ethel. She is the straight person to Ethel’s quips. She believes Angela is right about their need to band together as newfound friends.
She is always looking for a religious angle to get herself to heaven. She is trying to convert others to her faith. She has led her entire life in a religious environment and never once questioned her faith. Now her goal at the end of her life is to earn her 'angel's wings' and assure herself a place in heaven. She can be obnoxious and sincere at the same time.
The Scooter Lady
She rides a mobility scooter and talks in quotes and phrases that sound like preaching and/or sharing advice. She is calm and very self-assured. She wears colorful spring dresses and always has a large bonnet that covers most of her face. No one can clearly see what she looks like. There is no indication of where she came from or whether she is a resident of the living facility or not. It is hinted that she might be an angel but no reference is ever made to that possibility.
Teenager who is very perky. Some, like Ethel, see her as totally obnoxious. SHe is well-meaning and always trying to help everyone. She can be an eager beaver, over the top in getting into everyone's face. Ethel is the one who calls her out on it. Rose thinks she is sweet and well-intentioned. The candy stripers can see through Ethel's facade and isn't afraid to trade quips back and forth.with Ethel.
An elderly gentleman who is very lonely and looking for companionship. He sees in Ethel a strong independent woman who is also (he suspects) vulnerable and lonely like himself. He isn't afraid to stand up to Ethel.