FIRST NOTICE! Please put this on your calendar. Very funny. Great parts for comedic character actors.
Announcing Open Auditions for DEATH BY CHOCOLATE by Paul Freed.
Theatre will conduct open auditions for the upcoming production of Death by Chocolate.
Auditions will be by cold reading from the script. No special preparations are necessary. Auditioners should bring their personal calendars with them. A headshot & resume are not necessary but would be nice, if available. Audition forms should be downloaded and filled out before arriving. The form is attached.
Rehearsals for this show will be on a rather compressed timetable in order to allow the cast 4 days off for the Thanksgiving holiday and 10 days off for Christmas and New Years. Very little allowance can be given for missed rehearsals caused by conflicts.
PLAY SYNOPSIS: Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies - including famed chef Edith Chiles! On the eve of the grand re-opening, this is not the best advertisement and so it's up to John Stone, the manager, to find the cause and the murderer.
Delightfully sarcastic and cynical, Stone finds himself teaming up with Ed Parlor, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, in a wacky race against time. The clues point to a sinister box of chocolates, and the suspects include all the outlandish characters working for the resort.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN (6 Men)***Indicates role can possibly be played in Drag:
JOHN STONE ~ Age 30 to 60 - the new manager of the Meadowbrook Health Resort (and how he got there, no one knows). He is quick-witted and finds almost everything absurd (a basicly cynical sort of person).
RALPH DEADWOOD ~ Age 40 to 65+ - the Gym Manager and all-around cad. Knowing all about Lady Riverdale's past, he has used that knowledge to get whatever he can from her. (Used Car Salesman Type)
ALFRED MELLOX ~ Age 35 to 70 - he is in charge of the janitorial staff and maintenance for the resort (a position given to him only because he was the trusted companion of the late Henry Meadowbrook). He is very stiff, rigid, and typical "butler-type" with a clipped British accent.
Dick SIMMERING ~ Age Open - the Aerobics Instructor. Always garbed in a jogging outfit, he is a bright, hyperactive, effeminate person. (Think Richard Simmons on crack.)
ED PARLOR ~ Age Open- guest of Lady Riverdale's, he is a writer with a cheery disposition and enjoys the opportunity to try and solve the mysterious deaths by chocolate. (Private eye type character.)
HENRY MEADOWBROOK ~ Age Open - the founder of the Meadowbrook Health Resort. (Since he dies in the opening moments of the play this actor can be double cast or Asst. Stage Manager/Running crew.)
Production dates are: January 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22, 2017.
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