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 Women)***Indicates role can possibly be played in Drag:
***LADY RIVERDALE ~ Age 30 to 65+ - owner of Lady Riverdale Chocolates, Inc. and the new owner of the Meadowbrook Health Resort. She is the pompous, high society type except when occasionally required to use a "viscious street shrewdness" to survive. (This character is very similar to Dixie Carter aka Julia Sugar Baker from Designing Women.)
DYSLEXIA ~ Age 21 to 99 - Lady Riverdale's assistant and long-suffering secretary. (This part is the epitome of Carol Burnett's classic character, Mrs. Wiggins.)
MARGARET DANIELS ~ Age 25 to 65+- an attractive woman who is trying to write a feature story on the resort for a leading gossip magazine. (Over Eager News Paper reporter type.)
***EDITH CHILES ~ Age open - the Head Chef. She is a rather large, buxom sort of woman with a jovial personality and New England Matronly manners (whatever that means). (Can be played as chef Julia Child with her speech patterns.)
***"SWEET PEA" MEADOWBROOK ~ Age 21 to 35 - daughter of the late Henry Meadowbrook. Extremely overweight, she seems to be trying to eat herself to death because of the trauma of losing her father. Her mouth is always full of food and no one can understand her without the help of Alfred Mellow. (Very few lines and, possibly, in a fat suit)
ANNE ~ Age Open - the resort nurse who tends to panic at the slightest injury. (Must be able to faint on stage and fall to the floor.)
Production dates are: January 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22, 2017.
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