The Town Players of New Canaan announce open auditions for "Amadeus" by Peter Shaffer and directed by Lynne Bolton, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse Theatre, Waveny Park.

Production dates are Oct. 28, 29, Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

"(The play is a) winner of a Tony Award for Best Play, the Academy Award for Best Film and triumphant in recent revivals in the West End and on Broadway, this provocative work weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power," Bolton (who also directed "Agnes of God," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Mauritius," "Copenhagen" and "Arcadia") said. "In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer.

"Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri's envious grasp: Genius."

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The cast includes Antonio Salieri, male actor, age 50-65, court musician and composer, rival of Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, male actor, age 25-35, genius composer and musician, versatile actor, physical theater training a plus; Constanza Weber, female actor, age 22-32, Mozart's wife; Joseph II, male actor, age 45-60, Emperor of Austria; Count Johann Kilian Von Strack, male actor, age 50-65, Royal Chamberlain; Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg, male actor, age 45-65, Director of the Imperial Opera; and Baron Gottfried Van Sweiten, male actor, age 45-65, Prefect of the Imperial Library.

The cast also includes several silent parts as Salieri's valet, cook, wife, citizens of Vienna, venticelli and servants.

These parts together will create an ensemble and chorus that drive the action of the play.

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