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Holly Theater seeking Nerd and other actors
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Auditions for ‘Nerd’

When: 2-5 p.m. Jan. 3-4

Where: Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega

More info: 678-462-8076 or www.hollytheater.com

A two-act comedy featuring a former soldier and a “nerd” who saved his life in Vietnam is seeking men and women to portray the characters in the upcoming production at the Holly Theater.

“The Nerd” will hold auditions from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4 at 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. Actors need to come prepared to read from the script.

Rehearsals will be Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Day, times and rehearsal locations can alter depending upon the cast and availability.

Characters include:

  • Willum Cubbert: an aspiring architect (early 30s), somewhat lacks self-confidence, rents rooms to his friends Axel and Tansy — likes Tansy.
  • Tansy McGinnis: TV weather girl (late 20s to 30s), about to move to Washington, D.C., for new job, likes Willum but not enough to stay over career.
  • Axel Hammond: drama critic (early 30s), witty, smart-alec who likes to aggravate the situation rather than help it.
  • Warnock “Ticky” Waldgrave: self-made businessman, uptight and Willum’s boss.
  • Clelia Waldgrave: wife, teacher. Relieves stress by breaking small plates.
  • Thor Waldgrave: 8-year-old son and spoiled brat.
  • Rick Steadman: ex-GI who served with Willum and saved his life.

In the play, Willum Cubbert, an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Ind., has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you.”

So Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his 34th birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent Rick is a hopeless “nerd” — a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact.

As Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence — which, happily, is staved off by the surprising “twist” ending.

For more information, call Michael Arens at 678-462-8076 or email marens@bellsouth.net.

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