Saline Area Players announce auditions for Murder for Dummies by Pat Cook. Auditions are on Friday, February 16, at 7:30 PM (registration at 7PM) at Fifth Corner, 211 Willis Rd, Saline. No callbacks anticipated. The show will be performed April 12, 13 & 14.
These will be open auditions where cast will be asked to do cold readings from the script. Those present are free to read for as many roles as they are interested in. The director will be looking for effective use of facial expressions and body language to effectively convey character and mood, the ability to project and articulate, varied vocal inflection, the ability to react and respond to others and, overall, energy and stage presence. Your real age is less important than your ability to convincingly portray the character
Rehearsals will take at 7 PM on these dates: February19, 20, 22, 26, 28, March 1,5,7,12,13,15,19,22,28,29, and April 2, 3, 4 & 5, plus show week. Actors will be called as needed:
Please bring a calendar or list of all dates and specific times you will be unavailable for rehearsals between February 19 and April 14th.
Plot Synopsis: Myron Bernhart, a hen pecked, meek man is a collector of rare books. His bossy, nagging wife, Marge has decided to sell them against his wishes. Her cronies from the Civic Arts League assist her in getting the word out. Myron realizes he must do something to stop her, so he sets up the perfect murder. He prepares the “special tea” and waits for Marge to drink it. Chaos ensues, and the wrong person drinks the tea and dies. What follows are policemen, blackmailers, in-laws and cronies all wondering, how did she die? This is a fast-paced comedy with wonderful characters. Not a lot of physical movement but great for actors that like to be big.
Marge Bernhart Critical wife of Myron
Opaline Packer Penny pinching club member
Jobeth Wallenford Always hungry club member
Dewitt Gundlechuk Hypochondriac club member
Myron Bernhart Hen pecked husband of Marge
Jack Havisham Marge’s brother and partying pal of Myron
Actors playing these parts may play multiple roles:
Psychiatrist Stereotypical German doctor
CSI Agent Scientist
Helga “sis” Heindorff Marge’s Overbearing sister
Dinah Mumfred Book collector
Officer Burkett All business
Lt. Tinkerton Soft spoken officer
Serena Brown Black mailing book seller
Madison Monroe Reporter
Pete Bolivar Neighbor
Voice over from backstage (Very little rehearsal time for this person)
Please direct any questions to the director, Wendy Sielaff, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to make the audition date due to conflicts please contact her ahead of time.
Additional information on the website at www.salineareaplayers.org
(Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, SAP had to cancel Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and this murder-comedy is the replacement).