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Theater Casting Call for "The Murder Room" Play

White Rock, BC, Canada
ID: 265693Exp: 7/14/2024

ONLY LOCAL TALENT WILL BE ACCEPTED. Production of "The Murder Room" is currently in need of male and female performers. More details are below. About the play: "The Murder Room" is a a high-energy farce and send-up of British whodunnits, in which every perform displays speed, dexterity and precise comedic timing. The laughs are great and should build to a rhythm in which the audience quickly realizes it has to stifle laughter to hear word-play, building to key moments every few beats. Additional information: Show dates: October 3-20. Auditions will be a cold-read of selected scripts based on similar roles from other plays. The characters are broadly drawn and farcical, with five requiring varied spot-on English dialects (takes place in Yorkshire, but the voices can be called to slip in and out of multiple regions), and one requiring an American voice and mannerisms (as seen through the eyes of rest of the world). All should be seen to have secrets. Please, see attached the flyer. If you're interested, please apply.

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6 roles

Edgar Hollister/Abel HowardMale35-60 y.o.All ethnicities

Edgar is a handsome, dapper, aristocrat in his 50s, though his very real looking fake silver wig and moustache makes him look much older. He pays attention to detail and seems one step ahead of his scheming bride Mavis. Edgar is Susan’s father. Abel is a pleasant-faced, youngish-looking, bumbling uniformed police officer, assigned to let the Hollister family they have found their cat.

Mavis Templeton HollisterFemale30-50 y.o.All ethnicities

Mavis is a strikingly beautiful, scheming villainess. They meet her shortly after she marries Edgar and within seconds we learn that she wants him dead to inherit his wealth. She considers herself a great liar. Mavis is also the secret lover of James.

Lottie MolloyFemale30-70 y.o.All ethnicities

Lottie is dottie and a pleasant faced, matronly, housekeeper in her mid-60s. She’s been with the Hollister family for 30 years and knows many of their secrets. She is not the smartest person in most rooms, but at times unexpectedly insightful and perceptive. MUST be comfortable with physicality, riding on handlebars etc.

Insp. James CrandallMale30-50 y.o.All ethnicities

James is a handsome mid-40s police detective assigned to the Hollister household’s “routine missing-persons case.” He is theatrical and proud in his deductions, but also the bad guy and Mavis’s secret lover.

Susan HollisterFemale20-35 y.o.All ethnicities

Susan is a pretty young thing with big-eyed smiling innocence. She is a chatterbox, speaking brightly, often and often to extent, though it’s never clear if she knows the importance of what she is saying. Susan is Barry’s fiancé and is also the daughter of Edgar/Abel, and new step-daughter to Mavis.

Barry DraperMale20-40 y.o.All ethnicities

Barry is tall, rugged, non-nonsense, handsome and a ‘typical’ American manly man. Despite being new to the U.K. and a fish our of water, he reveals himself to be quite perceptive. He is Susan’s fiancé and when she first arrives, he is in tow for her every move. MUST ride a ‘lady’s bicycle’ on stage, with Lottie on the handlebars.