The Little Theatre of Manchester announces auditions for a February production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig, and directed by Shane Kegler. Auditions are November 3 and 6 at 7 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. NO RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Please bring a resume. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will start the end of November/early December for a February open. Any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are seeking an ensemble of comic actors with great facility with accents. Actively seeking all ethnicities for all roles. The roles are as follows:
POIROT – a famous Belgian detective; a “Big” personality; authoritative, witty, charismatic and slightly pompous; driven to find the answers, good or bad, with a strong moral sense;
MACQUEEN – tightly wound, edgy and nervous; he seems to always be on the verge of falling apart or coming unwound.
BOUC – male, 30’s to 50’s. A Belgian man of good humor. Playful, proud, generous. A whirlwind of energy. Must be an excellent comedian.
SAMUEL RATCHETT: Middle-aged American businessman, evil at heart and frightening, brusque, unforgiving, stern demeanor. Pushy, domineering.
COLONEL ARBUTHNOT: Scotsman, 30’s to 40’s, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender.
MICHEL: A good-looking Frenchman, about 40, a quiet, almost grave sense of humor. Unfailingly polite.
MARCEL: A Turkish waiter, snooty, smooth.
MARY DEBENHAM – female, 30’s. An English beauty. A governess, capable yet romantic. A sadness around her eyes and a hardness about her person.
GRETA OHLSSON – female, mid 20’s to 60’s. Inherently odd, and very devout Swedish woman. A frightened, sheep-like quality. Swedish accent.
COUNTESS ANDRENYI – female, 20’s to 30’s. Brilliantly beautiful, like something out of a fairytale. Impeccably put together, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets. Her delicacy belies a steely edge – she is no wilting flower. Hungarian accent.
MRS. HUBBARD – female, late 40’s to 60’s. An outspoken and flamboyant American from the Midwest. Jovial, obnoxious, domineering, deliciously nosy and brash. Unapologetic.
PRINCESS DRAGOMIROFF – female, 60’s to 70’s. A Russian dowager. Very formal, a sweeping, impressive presence. Imperial, impatient.