STANDISH — The Schoolhouse Arts Center announces that auditions for Neil Simon’s famous play “Brighton Beach Memoirs” will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 25 and 26. Callbacks will be held on Wed. Jan. 27.

The play offers numerous roles for various ages. Those auditioning should be prepared to perform a monologue from the show (download from and do cold readings from the script.

The cast will include:

Eugene Morris Jerome — A normal 15-year-old boy who has recently discovered girls in a big way. He is obsessed with the female anatomy (which he’s never seen) and his other love — baseball. He keeps a detailed journal of his family’s eccentricities. Eugene is concerned for his family, especially his overworked father, but complains about their demands on him. The play revolves around his memoirs, which are those of the young Neil Simon.

Stanley Jerome — 18-21 years old, the older brother of Eugene. For financial reasons, he must work a factory job, which he hates. He tries to temper Eugene’s passions while attempting to please his parents, but he struggles with feelings of being trapped.

Jack Jerome — late 40s, father of the Jerome family who feels the pressure of supporting an extended family by working two jobs. In addition, all family members turn to him for advice and answers. He is patient, but very weary.

Kate Jerome — mid 40s, the very strong mother who attempts to hold the family together and solve the hurts and problems of all of them. She is opinionated and very verbal, but also very loving.

Aunt Blanche — early 40, Kate’s younger sister, recently widowed, very indecisive and dependent. She wants to have a life for herself and her daughters, but she does not know how or where to begin. She feels buried with her husband.

Nora — daughter of Blanche, cousin to the Jerome boys. She is a very beautiful and ambitious 16-year-old girl with dreams of Broadway. She is often resentful of her younger sister who is pampered due to heart flutters. In addition, she is angry at her father for dying and leaving her with a weak mother.

Laurie — daughter of Blanche, cousin to the Jerome boys. She is a studious, yet quietly mischievous 13-year-old who is all ears around the adult situations. She appears innocent, but she really has a grasp on what the others around her are up to.

Brighton Beach Memoirs will be directed by Jerry Walker. Performances will be April 8-24 at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. The Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For more information, go to:, or email: [email protected]

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