Muskegon Civic Theatre announces auditions for ‘A Murder is Announced’

Muskegon Civic Theatre will hold auditions for playwright the stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” at 7 p.m. July 25 and 26.
Tryouts will be in Johnson Hall on the third floor of the Hilt Building in downtown Muskegon.

Below are further details.

When: Mon. and Tues. July 25 & 26, 2016 at 7 pm
Where: Johnson Hall, 3rd floor Hilt Building, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, 427 W Western Ave, Muskegon.
Show run: Sept. 16 – Sat., Oct 1, 2016
Rehearsals: Mon.—Thurs., 7-10: pm beginning Aug. 1, 2016
What: Kirk Wahamaki, the Director, will have everyone read from the script.
Scripts may be checked out from the MCT for a 24 hour perusal,
($10 refundable deposit)

A Murder is Announced
Agatha Christie
Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. Surely, this is a joke. But, when the lights go out, so does a victim. 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 in a dramatic confrontation.

Women Characters (ages range from 20’s – 70’s):
Miss Marple – A quiet, elderly woman; unassuming yet driven with an iron will; she will not be deterred from the truth.
Miss Blacklock – Middle aged woman constantly concerned with her position and prestige – fear of losing both guides her actions
Dora “Bunny” Bunner – An old and treasured family friend whose elevator no longer seems to reach the top floor – prone to being unduly flustered and confused
Julia Simmons – Young woman – Somewhat spoiled, concerned about Miss Blacklock, but also concerned about getting her share
Mitzi – Highly excitable overly imaginative woman, displaced by war from Eastern Europe – deeply impressed with her own importance to the household and apparent victimhood
Phillipa Haymes – A young widow who has already experienced much more in life than she had ever anticipated – kind, loyal and primarily concerned for her son’s future
Mrs Sweetenham – A meddlesome middle aged woman – social climber, constantly seeking means to improve her prestige

Men Characters (ages range from 20’s – 60’s):
Patrick Simmons – Young man – idle rich, professional student – would rather create schemes and plots than work towards own advancement – prone to deception and pranks
Edmund Sweetenham – Young man – part time writer, burgeoning communist – waste of oxygen, dreams may yet inspire him to get out to embrace and tackle life
Inspector Craddock – A dedicated, if unimaginative plodder – clever enough to know his own limitations and willing to consider all inputs for clues
Sergeant Mellors – Yeoman like veteran – has seen it all and doesn’t care much for those who won’t ‘shoulder the wheel’
Rudy Scherz – A reprehensible villain whose odious nature is obviated only by the brevity of his existence

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