Auditions for the upcoming production of The Nerd by Larry Shue will be held Monday and Tuesday, September 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. in the LTC Theater located in the Zwermann Arts Center at Lincoln Trail College. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam—the visitor turning out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid "nerd" who outstays his welcome with a vengeance.
The cast is comprised of 4 men, 2 women and an 8-year-old boy.
Reading copies are available in the Performing Arts Office. The play is also available online by searching “The Nerd script.” Actors need only attend one rehearsal session. Performances of The Nerd will be November 6, 7, 13 and 14 2013 at 7 pm. There will be a matinee performance November 8 at 2 p.m.
Willum Cubbert- Willum is a 34-year-old architect residing in Terre Haute, IN. He is compassionate and easy going to a fault and allows others to walk all over him. At the beginning of the play he is distraught due to his girlfriend’s (Tansy) imminent move to Washington D.C. and a difficult to please client, Warnock “Ticky” Waldgrave. Years earlier, his life was saved when serving in Viet Nam by Rick Steadman, whom he has never met until the events of the play. Willum’s life will become even more unbearable as he tries to placate Rick during the stranger’s unexpected lengthy visit.
Rick Steadman- The man responsible for saving Willum’s life during combat (though the two have never actually met before the events of the play). He is roughly the same age as Willum and has been working as a chalk inspector in his hometown Silver Springs, WI. Rick is on vacation (his brother generously gave him a lot of money and credit cards to leave) and intends to stay with Willum for a long while. He is loud, socially oblivious and needy as he inconveniences the members of the play.
Tansy McGinnis- Willum’s longtime girlfriend who is about to move to Washington, D.C. to be the new weather girl for a local TV station. She truly cares for Willum but does not want him to uproot his life for her, fearing it may cause a rift in their relationship. She is the consummate host and is amenable to the difficult people, though Rick tries her patience.
Axel Hammond- Willum’s downstairs tenant who has also been friends with the couple for many years. As the local drama critic, he has a flair for the dramatics and enjoys being difficult and snarky to anyone. He does not care for children, impressions or party games and is also annoyed with the actions of Rick.
Warnock “Ticky” Waldgrave- The middle-aged businessman who has hired Willum to create “The Regency Hotel” (though he is not pleased with the initial drafts made by Willum). He is a no-nonsense man who has an extremely volatile temper, especially when it comes to despise Rick. He has a wife, Celia, and son, Thor who also frustrate him on a regular basis.
Celia Waldgrave- Warnock’s pleasant and well-mannered wife. She is roughly the same age as Warnock and is a teacher for children with learning needs. She receives the brunt of Warnock’s temper many times and is at a loss how to raise her monster of a son, Thor. To cope with her anxiety, Celia has made a habit of breaking saucers whenever she feels the need.
Thor- The Waldgrave’s 8 year old son. He is described as a headstrong monster who does not wish to be at Willum’s house with his parents. He whines throughout and eventually locks himself in Willum’s room. The events of the evening in Act 1 will come to terrify the young kid, partly creating a rift between Warnock and Willum.