A Murder Mystery / Comedy in two acts
By Howard Voland
and Keith McGregor
Auditions: aUGUST 19-20 1pm
Hyde Park Opera House
Show Dates: NOV 10-12 AND 17-19
Fri-Sat, 7:00pm; Sun, 2:00pm
HYDE PARK OPERA HOUSE
Murder Inn is set in New England, at the Barnsley Inn, a dilapidated eighteenth century inn, which is supposedly haunted by Marco, a knife-throwing poltergeist. A group of tourists, on a tour—Ghosts and Ghouls of New England—is forced, by a storm, to make an unscheduled stop at the Barnsley, which the locals have nicknamed “Murder Inn”. What looks to be an unpleasant and uncomfortable detour soon turns into a night of mayhem and madness as knives begin to pop up… some in the most unexpected places. As the storm builds and the body count rises, the survivors try to figure out “who done it”, and even more important—who’s likely to have it done to them next?
NOTE: Characters' ages listed are STAGE AGES
(i.e., actor need not be that age, just be able to pass in that range while on stage)
—(Mid to late 20’s) Son of the owner of the Barnsley Inn. A sturdy, no-nonsense young man; very congenial, but DON’T SPEAK ILL OF HIS MOTHER!!!!
—(In her 50’s) Owner of the Barnsley; cantankerous and set in her ways.
—“Middle Aged (40-50+)” Meddlesome, antagonistic, sarcastic, inconsiderate. Everyone’s murder victim of choice. Dressed expensively, but not in the best of
—(In her 20’s) Niece and long-suffering traveling companion for Agnes.
—(Late 20’s to early 30’s) The tour guide, attractive and professional.
— “Middle Aged (40-50+)” A true believer in the occult. An airhead of sorts, but very sweet. Traveling alone.
—“Middle Aged (40-50+)” Reserved, nervous, always tense. Traveling alone.
—(In his 20’s) Congenial and intelligent. He’s traveling with his father.
—(Mid to late 50’s) A college professor on sabbatical, doing research for a book. Widowed in the last couple of years. Distinguished and intellectual.
—(60+) A retired school teacher; she’s petite and “fluffy,” and she looks helpless, which is by no means the case. Traveling with her longtime friend, Doris Brooks.
—(60+) Retired nurse practitioner. Matter of fact and sarcastic. Traveling with Grace.
—(30-80) The van driver and participant in some of the night’s “activities”.
*Note: All the characters with an asterisk have a good bit of flexibility as to age, as long as they work as a group. Grace and Doris are older and wiser. Lawrence is of an age that Muriel, Patricia and Agnes would find attractive, especially since he is available. He also has to be old enough to be Todd’s father. Martha has to be old enough to have a son Jake’s age.
Any questions? Any conflicts with the audition times?
Contact Kris Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES ABOUT AUDITIONS:
* Attend either day
* Please bring your calendar with you to note schedule conflicts!
* Auditions start at 1:00pm SHARP
* No appointment necessary
* Wear clothes and shoes you can move in/dance in
* No need to bring prepared material; readings from the script will be used. Visit this page for any updates in advance of auditions.
NOTES ABOUT REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
* Expect 3 rehearsals per week in Sept., and 3-4 rehearsals per week in October and leading up to the shows
* Expect 2-3 weeknight rehearsals and 1 weekend rehearsal per week.
* Not all castmembers will be required to be at every rehearsal - we value your volunteer time!!