The Phipps Center for the Arts Hiring Production Staff for Jeeves in Bloom

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Jeeves in Bloom

The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI is seeking a costume designer, scenic charge, and deck captain for our April production of Jeeves In Bloom. A comedy for 2 women and 5 men set in late June of 1931 in the gardens of Brinkley Court, just outside Market Snodsbury in Worcestershire. 

Location: John H. Potter Theatre (247-seat Proscenium Theatre) 

Director: John H. Potter 

Stage Manager: Lynn Seeling 

Synopsis

"The peaceful English countryside may never be the same after Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet, Jeeves, pay a visit. What starts as a plan to pair tongue-tied, amphibian-loving Augustus Fink-Nottle and fanciful, poetry-loving Madeline Basset quickly goes awry. Soon, Bertie is fending off Madeline’s amorous advances, reluctantly participating in an attempted burglary, and fleeing attacks from a homicidal French chef. With the stakes this high, the solution must lie with the one and only Jeeves!"

Character Descriptions

Bertram “Bertie” Wilberforce Wooster: Our hapless hero. Endowed with a handsome fortune and a limited brain. 

Jeeves: Bertie’s valet and, in Bertie’s words, “one of the wonders of the world.” 

Dahlia Travers: Bertie’s aunt, a fearless soul. She alone among Bertie’s gaggle of aunts appears rather fond of Bertie, despite referring to him as “young blot” and “idiot nephew.” She publishes Milady’s Boudoir, a women’s newspaper. 

Thomas Portarlington Travers: Dahlia’s husband. Tends to become apoplectic on the subject of taxes, but is kept in tranquil spirits by the superb meals dished up by his chef, Anatole. 

Agustus “Gussie” Fink-Nottle: A teetotaler bachelor pal of Bertie’s with, says Bertie, “a face like a fish.” Gussie wears horn-rimmed spectacles, and is a noted newt fancier. 

Madeline Basset: A pretty girl, as Bertie says, “in a droopy, saucer-eyed way.” Her conversation tends to revolve around elves, gnomes, flowers, and small furry creatures. 

Anatole: Highly skilled, highly temperamental French chef employed by Dahlia Travers. Often referred to as “God’s gift to the gastric juices,” he speaks limited English and threatens violence at the least hint of culinary criticism. 

Open Positions

Costume Designer 

Compensation: $1,000

Skills

  • Sewing and alteration skills
  • Leadership, problem-solving, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration with other creative artists
  • Ability to give clear instructions and make decisions under pressure

The Phipps now has a small crew of costume shop volunteers and a part-time costume shop supervisor to assist the costume designer in the execution of the design. 

Important Dates

  • Preliminary Costume Designs Due: 1/4/24
  • Auditions: 1/22/24 - 1/25/24 (based on 6 weeks rehearsal) 
  • Company Meeting/Measurements: 2/16/24 
  • Rehearsal Clothes Due: 3/8/24 
  • Load-In: 3/25/24 - 3/29/24 
  • Tech Weekend: 4/6/24 - 4/7/24 
  • Dress Rehearsals: 4/8/24 - 4/11/24 (All Production Staff required) 
  • Performances: 4/12/24 - 4/28/24
  • Strike: 4/28/24 (All Production Staff required) 

Scenic Charge

Compensation: $1,000

Important Dates:

  • Build Begin: 2/19/24 (6 weeks Build)
  • Load-In: 3/25/24 - 3/29/24
  • Light Hang/Focus/Sound Load-In: 4/1/24 - 4/5/24
  • Tech Weekend: 4/6/24 - 4/7/24

Deck Captain

Compensation: $500

Skills

  • Leadership, problem-solving, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Adaptability
  • An eye for technical needs
  • Collaboration with other creative artists
  • Ability to give clear instructions and make decisions under pressure
  • Ability to lift 40lbs 
  • Not afraid of heights
  • Extremely cautious

Important Dates:

  • Tech Weekend: 4/6/24 - 4/7/24 
  • Dress Rehearsals: 4/8/24 - 4/11/24 (All Production Staff required) 
  • Performance Dates/Times: Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm.
  • Strike: 4/28/24 (All Production Staff required) 

How to Apply

Interested parties should contact the Phipps Production Director, Mark C. Koski, at [email protected]. Position to be filled ASAP.