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Audition for Murder on the Orient Express

By: Ken Ludwig

Directed by Jay Louden

Featuring StageDoor’s Adult Company

Performances: Friday Sept. 25 through Sunday Oct. 17

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sundays 2pm.

Auditions will be held Saturday, July 17th 10:00am - 4:00pm

Call-backs will be on Sunday, July 18th  Times TBA

Auditions are held by appointment only.  Sign up for an audition slot on Sign-up Genius.

 

NOTE: Saturday's sign-up on Sign-up Genius is full, however we will take additional appointments until 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 12pm on Sunday.   If you would like to audition during these times, please contact Suzanne Couch (SCouch@StageDoorTheatre.org) to make an appointment.

 

About the Show:

A group of passengers are trapped on the Orient Express in a snowstorm with a murdered body and a Belgian detective to keep them company. Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous stories. It is an intricate mystery revolving around a group of characters cut off from the world but where Poirot exhibits not only the power of his little grey cells but his concern for compassion and humanity.

The Roles:

Detective Hercule Poirot

Male  Age range 40-65  Speaks with a Belgian accent

Iconic character. He is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous detectives. Poirot is fastidious although a touch ridiculous and incredibly observant and intelligent. He is both arrogant and humble to a fault. He is an observer of people, and he firmly believes that all crimes can be solved by observation; psychology and thinking them through. He values intelligence and the rule of law above else.

 

Monsieur Bouc

Male   Age range 40-64   Speaks with a Belgian accent

The owner of the Wagon Lit, Orient Express. Bouc is a middle aged man with a youthful vigor and attitude. Gracious honest and forthright. He puts friends and customers above his company’s profits. He is no match for Poirot’s intelligence.

 

Mary Debenham

Female   mid 20’s-30’s

Standard British dialect

A governess. Anxious but also cool and determined. Mary has a secret relationship with Colonel Arburthnot. May be asked to kiss on stage.

 

Colonel Arbuthnot (doubles as Samuel Ratchett)

Male  30’s Scottish dialect as the Colonel/American as Rachett

A military man of the old fashioned type, possibly of old money and used to being obeyed. He is strong and charismatic.

 

Samuel Rachett  possibly New York or Chicago dialect

He is dangerous, forceful, filled with entitlement, and quick to temper. He is someone not to be trusted.

 

Hector McQueen

Male   20-35 American

Personal assistant to Ratchett. Nervous with a stutter that appears when he is especially anxious. New to his position.

 

Michel (doubles as Head Waiter)

Male 40-60’s French (Michael) Turkish (Head Waiter)

Competent and organized. Michael is the conductor of the` first class carriage of the Orient Express. Handles himself well in a crisis.

 

Princess Dragomiroff

Female  70+  Russian

Displaced Russian nobility. The Princess is a battleship, arrogant, determined, and accustomed to getting her own way. Although elderly, she is an accomplished traveler.

 

Greta Ohlsson - female 30’s -40’s  Swedish

A catholic missionary and baby nurse. She is serving as a companion to the Princess. She is deeply devout. Her character is funny but should not be played for laughs.

 

Countess Andrenyi

Female  25-35  Hungarian/American

In addition to being married to a count, she is also a doctor. Beautiful, charming and intelligent enough to match wits with Poirot.

 

Helen Hubbard

Female 45-60 American

She is not as she seems. Comes across as a typical American busybody. Gregarious, loud, obnoxious, who has been married multiple times. May have to do singing and dancing. Must have to pull off a more calculated version of her character with possible even a dialect shift.

For the Audition

PREPARE:

  • Please prepare a 2-minute monologue in the flavor of this mystery. Although not technically comedy, it is written by a comedian, so some of the characters do have a comedic flare.

  • There are several dialects within the production. A dialect coach will be provided during the rehearsals.

  • Please bring current headshot and resume.

Auditions will be held Saturday, July 17th 10:00am - 4:00pm

Call-backs will be on Sunday, July 18th  Times TBA

Sides will be provided for call-backs.  Accents are encouraged but not necessary for auditions. 


COMPENSATION:

  • Actors will be provided a stipend.

Auditions are held by appointment only.  Sign up for an audition slot on Sign-up Genius.

Rehearsals and Read-through:

  • Read-through July 23rd

  • Rehearsals Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6pm - 9:30 pm; Saturdays 10:30am - 2:00pm

  • Tech begins Saturday, September 17th, 6:30 - 9:30

Questions regarding auditions. or request for a video, please contact Susie Couch at scouch@stagedoortheatre.org

StageDoor Theatre is located at 25797 Conifer Road, Conifer, Colorado

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