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August 30, 2015    Bookmark and Share

Auditions Announced ... for a Murder

Gaslight Theater has scheduled auditions for the final show of the 2015 season, Agatha Christie's "A Murder is Announced", adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon. Auditions will be held September 15, 21 and 22, 6:30 pm, at Hallowell City Hall.

Director Linda Duarte will be casting 12 roles in a range of ages, 5 men and 7 women. This includes the role of the redoubtable Miss Marple.

  • 6 (3 women/3 men) who can play late 20s or about that age
  • 5 (4 women/1 man) 55+
  • 1 man any age

About the Play

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.

The Characters

  1. Julia Simmons (niece), 25-26
  2. Letitia Blacklock (main character-owner of house) “beyond middle age”
  3. Dora Bunner (friend living in house) slightly older than Blacklock
  4. Patrick Simmons (nephew/brother) 1 year older than Julia (27-28)
  5. Mitzi (cook), 26-27
  6. Miss Marple (need we say more)
  7. Phillipa Haymes (lodger), classy 26ish
  8. Mrs. Swettenham (neighbor), late 50s
  9. Edmund (Mrs. S’s son), 26-27
  10. Rudi Sherbz (Swiss National), “young"
  11. Inspector Craddock, 50ish
  12. Sergeant Mellors (works with Craddock), no age specified

Production Dates for "A Murder is Announced"

  • November 13th and 14th, 7:30 pm
  • November 15th, 2:00 pm matinee
  • November 20th and 21st 7:30 pm
  • November22nd, 2:00 pm matinee

For more information, contact us.