Book, Music and Lyrics by John Taylor
Directed by Gregory Jones
Musical Direction by Jackson Griggs
SILAS MARNER is a musical adaption of the George Eliot novel of the trials and tribulations of a miserly weaver, set amidst the stirrings of the Industrial Revolution. This new musical by John Taylor will make its world premiere in March 2019.
Auditions to be a part of the original cast production of SILAS MARNER will take place on Sunday 9 December (3pm – 6pm) OR Monday 10 Dec (6pm to 9pm) at Drama Centre, Christ Church Grammar School.
Evening Performances at 7.30pm –March 13, 14, 15, 16
Matinee Performances at 2.00pm –March 16
If you are unavailable for any of the performance dates, we regret that we cannot see you at auditions.
Note following dates:
First Rehearsal: Sunday December 16, 2018 at 1pm (full company).TBC
Venue & Performance Dates (2019): Venue – Drama Centre, Christ Church Grammar School
Note following dates (2019):
CHARACTERS (12 Male roles/ 8 Female roles)
A simple, honest, and kindhearted weaver. After losing faith in both God and his fellow man, Silas lives for fifteen years as a solitary miser. After his money is stolen, his faith and trust are restored by his adopted daughter, Eppie, whom he lovingly raises.
The eldest son of Squire Cass. Godfrey is good-natured but selfish and weak-willed. He knows what is right but is unwilling to pay the price for obeying his conscience.
The wheelwright’s wife who helps Silas with Eppie. Dolly later becomes Eppie’s godmother and mother-in-law. She is kind, patient, and devout.
The object of Godfrey’s affection and his eventual wife. Nancy is pretty, caring, and stubborn, and she lives her life by a code of rules that sometimes seems arbitrary and uncompromising.
Godfrey’s younger brother. Dunsey, as he is usually called, is cruel, lazy, and unscrupulous, and he loves gambling and drinking.
The wealthiest man in Raveloe. The Squire is lazy, self-satisfied, and short-tempered.
A friendly and fun-spirited villager. He is the husband of Mrs. Dolly Winthrop and the father of Aaron.
Dolly’s son and Eppie’s eventual husband.
A somewhat disreputable character and a poacher. Jem sees Silas in the midst of one of Silas’s fits. Silas later accuses Jem of stealing his gold.
Raveloe’s parish clerk. Mr. Macey is opinionated and smug but means well.
The landlord of the Rainbow, a local tavern. By nature a conciliatory person, Mr. Snell always tries to settle arguments.
Godfrey’s secret wife and Eppie’s mother. Once pretty, Molly has been destroyed by her addictions to opium and alcohol.
Silas’s fiancée in Lantern Yard. Sarah is put off by Silas’s strange fit and ends up marrying William Dane after Silas is disgraced.
A girl whom Silas Marner eventually adopts. Eppie is the biological child of Godfrey Cass and Molly Farren, Godfrey’s secret wife. Eppie is pretty and spirited, and loves Silas unquestioningly.
JOHN TAYLOR| COMPOSER, LYRICIST
John Taylor is a composer and lyricist with a life long career in musical theatre. Charlie Girl (1965) – composer, lyricist with David Heneker, West End, Doddy’s Here, West End (1965) Mr. & Mrs(1968)- Book, lyrics and music, (West End). The Water Babies(1973) – Book, lyrics and music, adapted from Charles Kingsley’s book, West End. The Royalty Follies(1974) – composer, lyricist, West End.Taylor continued to write songs for comedies, full length musicals and revues throughout the 1960s and 70s. In 1979 Taylor worked for Richard Rogers and William Hammerstein for the London revival of The King and I starring Yul Brynner and Virginia McKenna and further revivials of The Sound of Musicat the Apollo Victoria in 1981 starring Petula Clark. In 1982 Taylor retired to Southern California and continued composing music and writing lyrics and libretti. Silas Marner, book, music and lyrics, based on the George Eliot novel, will be presented by The Midnite Youth Theatre Company in March 2019.
Audition Meeting: MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER
Come to a meeting in the Christ Church Grammar School Drama Centre on Monday, November 26th 3:30pm.
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Auditions: Thursday 7th or Friday 8th February 2019.
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Auditions: Sunday 7th April 2019
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