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The Reedy Point Players will be holding dual auditions for Dracula in Love and for The Cat Screamed at Midnight – a Murder Mystery. Dracula in Love is a family-oriented love story taking place during Dracula’s annual Halloween Party. 

The Cat Screamed at Midnight is a Murder Mystery to be held at the Judge Morris Estate. Auditions are August 21 and 22, with callbacks being held on August 24 at the Delaware City Library.

The audition will consist of cold readings from the scripts. If you are auditioning for the Murder Mystery only, we may have you do some improvisation. Actors have the option to prepare a brief monologue to perform at the audition prior to the cold reading. Please ensure the monologue is no longer than 2 minutes.

Auditions:
August 21
August 22
Callbacks – August 24

NEEDED:
Dracula in Love:
6 Males – Teens to 50’s (somewhat flexible)
5 Females – Teens to 50’s (somewhat flexible)
(Open to changing genders of certain characters)

The Cat Screamed at Midnight Murder Mystery:
4 Males – 20’s to 60’s (flexible)
4 Females – 20’s to 50’s (flexible)

Note: if someone “looks” within the age ranges listed above, please don’t hesitate to audition.

Followed by:

The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays)
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Gail Wagner

            Produced with special permission by Samuel French, Inc.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions: September 10 @ 5 – 7 pm at the Delaware City Community Center and
September 12 @ 7 – 8:30 pm at the Delaware City Library

Performance Dates: December 15, 16 and 17, 2017

Play Description

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Roles (Long VERSION)

William Gillette (Lead): Male, 40-55

a dynamic and charming stage actor (based on a real man). Has made a fortune from his stage adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, whom he also plays. Recently shot in the arm in a bizarre incident, Gillette is determined to bring his Sherlockian skills to bear on solving the case. Must have great comic chops.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Felix Geisel (Lead): Male, 40-55

the company’s character actor, Felix is histrionic and arch. A true theatrical that has given his life to the stage, Felix is Gillette’s best friend and occasional sidekick. Married to Madge. Actor must have great comic chops and be physically strong.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Simon Bright (Lead): Male, 23-35

the ‘mangenue’ of the company, Simon is an enthusiastic young man, eager to please and find success. A bit of a naïf, Simon can occasionally be overly sensitive. Recently married to Aggie, they make a charming and wonderful couple.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Inspector Harriet Goring (Lead): Female, 40-65

English and eccentric, completely one of a kind. By turns, witty and incisive, suddenly lost and dim, she is disarming in her inability to be defined. Always off the mark, and yet never far from the truth, somehow she always gets her man. Wonderful opportunity for a character actress; must have great comic chops.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Martha Gillette (Lead): Female, 70-80

Gillette’s dotty mother, elegant though a bit foggy, Martha never shies away from a fight. Always willing to lob a criticism when necessary, all the same, Martha is loyal to Gillette and his gang of theatrical misfits. Must have great comic chops.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

 

Madge Geisel (Lead): Female, 40-50

wry and outspoken (think Rosalind Russell), Madge, like her husband Felix, is a lifelong theatrical. Is game for anything, but back her into a corner and she will come out swinging. Must have great comic chops.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Aggie Wheeler (Lead): Female, 21-30

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Aggie is the ingénue of the company. Good-natured and kind, Aggie has had tragedy in her past, though she seems to have dealt with it well, and even moved on. Recently married to Simon, they make a charming and wonderful couple. Actress needs to have a dark side.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Daria Chase (Lead): Female, 35-50

Glamorous and gorgeous, Daria is the theatre critic we all love to hate. Biting, bitchy, and utterly charming, you can’t help but like Daria, despite the terrible things she says and writes. A wonderful sense of humor goes a long way towards endearing Daria to the audience. The actress must have wonderful comic timing and be a skilled physical comedian.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

 

Roles – Shorter descriptions

Character Descriptions for The Games Afoot. 5 Women, 3 men, ages will be very flexible.

-William Gillette: 40s – 60s. A successful, dashing actor with a lively mind and a fanciful imagination. Considers himself to be a good detective, since he made his fortune playing Sherlock Holmes.

-Martha Gillette: Actress in this role must convincingly play mid 70s. Martha is a delightful, clever, fierce old lady.

-Simon Bright: 20s. Young leading man. Sweet, energetic and enthusiastic. Aggie’s boyfriend.

-Aggie Wheeler: 20s. Sharp, beautiful, bright-eyed, full of spunk and vigor. Simon’s girlfriend.

- Felix Geisel: 40s-50s. Gillette’s best friend and occasional sidekick. Occasionally sarcastic, often melodramatic, always flamboyant. Married to Madge.

-Madge Geisel: 40s -50s. A leading lady, smart and passionate and delightful in a Rosalind Russell, smart-mouthed, girl-about-town kind of way.

-Daria Chase: 30s-60s. Self-made woman. Catty, funny, fierce, temperamental, passionate and vicious.

-Inspector Goring: Woman, 30s-60s. A female police inspector (rare for that time period). Smart, insightful, sharp, the next minute she’s off into a world of her own.

 

REEDY POINT PLAYERS GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION:

1. Reedy Point Players are a non-equity, community theater. There is no pay or any additional type of compensation. Everyone (onstage or behind the scenes) are all volunteers.

2. Everyone is welcome to audition! We strongly encourage all genders and ethnicities.  Please keep in mind that each show is casted differently. Some shows may cast specific ages, genders, and ethnicities (depending on what the script requires). Please be sure to take a look at what the director is looking for, prior to attending auditions. 

3. Auditions are done on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments. You may be asked to stick around if the director wants you to read with other actors. However, the director may not ask you to stay. That does not mean you did not get casted or did not do a great job. If you have to leave at a certain time, we recommend that you arrive early and/or contact the director.

4. Auditions are held in Delaware City, DE. They may be held inside the Delaware City Library or inside the Delaware City Community Center (same building, different entrances). Address is 250 Fifth Street, Delaware City, DE 19706. Please, check the audition information for where you will need to report for auditions.

5. Please bring a list of conflicts with you, so that you can write them down on the audition form that will be provided. You may also print out your conflicts and staple the page to the audition form. This helps gives the creative team an idea of how to organize the rehearsal schedule. Tech week (the week of the performance) is absolutely mandatory for EVERY actor and crew member. Tech week is when the entire company rehearses every night leading up to the show. Parents, please understand that this means your child is required to be at Tech – regardless if it is a school night or not. We try our best to have the kids get out at a decent hour, but we can not guarantee. Depending on the progress of the show, we may have a dark night during Tech Week. A dark night is when actors are given the night off to rest. During this time, the crew and remaining volunteers work on last minute needs of the show prior to opening. A dark night is at the discretion of the creative team.

6. Headshots and resume’s are encouraged, but not required. If do not have one, don’t be discouraged, come out and audition anyway!

7. Callbacks may or may not be required. It depends on what the director is looking for, and if they are satisfied with the initial rounds of auditions.

8. After auditions are completed, please do not contact Reedy Point Players or anyone affiliated with the creative team about casting announcements. Please do not contact them on social media either. We truly understand that waiting to hear news can be a very long, anxious, excruciating process. You will be notified by the creative team (either by phone or by e-mail) regarding whether or not you have been casted. Cast list will also be posted on FB and/or our website. Please keep in mind that not all shows can cast everyone (there are only so many parts to assign). If you do not get casted, we encourage you to keep coming back to audition for other productions.

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