4-a murder is announced
Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI  53122  262-782-4430

A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED will be directed by Carol Dolphin. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by visiting SunsetPlayhouse.com and downloading the form.

Auditions: Monday, November 12 – Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Monday, November 26, 2018 – Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Performances: Thursday, January 17 – Saturday, February 2, 2019

 

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions. Click here to see our other upcoming auditions!

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 cash deposit. 

Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 pm – 7 pm, Wednesdays-Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm, & Saturdays 1 pm- 4 pm

Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 pm for auditions.

 

Synopsis

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place of a murder to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the home’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 solution, at some risk to herself, in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.

Characters – A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED
(British accent required unless otherwise noted.)

MALE: 

PATRICK SIMMONS:  Julia’s brother, good looking, smooth, a few years older than Julia. late 20’s and up.

EDMUCH SWETTENHAM:  Mrs. Swettenham’s son, privileged, earnest, fledgling writer, mid 20’s to mid 30’s

RUDI SCHERZ: Strongly built, commanding voice, Swiss/German or Swiss/Italian accent (cameo role)

INSPECTOR CRADDOCK: The chief inspector of the case, in control, rational, 50’s – 60’s.  There is good chemistry between Craddock and Miss Marple.

SERGEANT MELLORS; Craddock’s helper, could be any age or type (a small role)

FEMALE:

JULIA SIMMONS; Attractive, sweet, unmarried, mid 20’s

LETITIA BLACKLOCK; Sophisticated, monied, still attractive, “beyond middle age,” never married. Owner of Chipping Cleghorn, scene of the play

DORA BRUNNER (BUNNY): Long time friend of Letitia, slightly older, a bit dotty and confused

MITZI: The cook/maid middle European (with Hungarian or Slavic accent), an explosive character, mid 20’s to mid 40s, emotional and melodramatic

MISS MARPLE: The famous Christie character, 60’s or older, quick witted.  (She might be any body type – no preconceived requirements here)

PHILLIPA HAYMES: Elegant, classy appearance, sophisticated, mid 20’s, a widow with a small son

MRS. SWETTENHAM: One of the grand dames of the area; sophisticated, haughty, mid 40’s to 50’s

 

**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 6:30 -10:00 pm. (Generally, Sunday – Thursday) You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

 

 

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