Cast needed for CW

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Staff Writer
Ken Francis

 

The Clearwater Cast of Characters is looking for cast members for the 2014 production of Deadly Ernest, a play by Donald Payton. 
Performances are April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 at the Clearwater American Legion. 
Tryouts for a number of parts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Legion. 
Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at the end of January. Anyone who would like to perform as well as anyone who would be interested in working backstage is encouraged to attend.
Here is a synopsis of the play: 
 “Throughout history infants have been named “Ernest” and it’s safe to assume the recipients of said moniker have grown up and found their niche in life the same as the Johns, Bills, and Toms. There’s nothing startling or arresting or even unusual about the name - except to Henry Gilcrest.
  It all started when Henry’s boss fired him, his girlfriend flat-out dumped him, and Aunt Ethel ordered him from her house because he hadn’t paid his rent. 
Well poor, homeless, girl-less, jobless Henry spends the night in the park and meets Mr. Bumpus. He pours out his troubles to Mr. Bumpus, who tells Henry that life has dealt him a miserable blow and he has a friend named Ernest. Ernest, for $17.83, gets poor, downtrodden people like Henry out of their distress. So Henry, in his pitiful, forlorn condition, pays the money, goes back home and finds (1) Aunt Ethel is ready to forgive him, (2) his girlfriend wants another chance, (3) his boss has given him a raise, and (4) life has never been better! Except for the fact that everyone Henry encounters from here on out is named Ernest. There’s Aunt Ethel’s gentleman friend - Margie’s new beau - and when a doctor is Theater Continued On Page 2
 

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