Beckwith hosting auditions for ‘The Foreigner’ May 15-16

Published 5:23 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Beckwith Theatre Company will host auditions for Larry Shue’s award-winning comedy “The Foreigner” at 2 p.m.  Sunday, May 15 and Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Beckwith Theatre, located at 100 New York Ave., Dowagiac.

Performance dates will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9 and July 15 at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10 and 17.

“The Foreigner” is set in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time Froggy has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie.

Before departing, Froggy tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should, including damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up a wildly funny climax.

Roles available in the play are (ages listed are approximations):

Charlie Baker — Man, age 40s

Sgt. Froggy LeSueur — Man, age 40s–or 50s

Betty Meeks — Woman, age 50+

Rev. David Marshall Lee — Man, age 20s to early 30s

Catherine Simms — Woman, age 20s–early 30s

Ellard Simms — Man, age upper teens to early 20s

Owen Musser — Man, age 30+

Contact director Bob Myers at with any questions or to arrange alternate audition times, or visit the Beckwith Facebook page for more information.