Auditions for Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”

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Auditions for Spotlights’ for Agatha Christie’s
And Then There Were None

MONDAY, JULY 10 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM
TUESDAY, JULY 11 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM

No appointment is needed, but auditioners must arrive within one hour of the end time.  Callbacks, if needed, may be held later in the week.

Jenilee Taylor is directing this classic mystery play.  Roles are available for 8 men and 3 women, who are able to convincingly portray ages from 18 to 65 (see character breakdown below).  The auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Rehearsals will begin in mid-July and will typically run Sunday – Thursday evenings with some weekends, based on cast availability.  The show runs September  15 – 30.

Please bring a list of conflicts between July 17 and September 30. 

For additional information please visit www.broadview-heights-spotlights.org. Additional questions may be emailed to the director at jgrabenhorst@gmail.com.

Play Synopsis:

Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme.

The Nursery Rhyme:

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;

One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;

One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little Indian boys traveling in Devon;

One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;

One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;

A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Indian boys going in for law,

One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Indian boys going out to sea;

A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;

A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;

On got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Indian boy left all alone;

He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

About the Author:

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history but also Witness for the Prosecution and And Then There Were None to name but a few of her greatest stage successes. Her novels have sold more than 2 billion copies around the world, and she is only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Born in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England, to an American father and English mother, she wrote her first play Black Coffee (the only play in which she chose to feature Poirot) in 1930 having been disappointed by the way The Murder of Roger Ackroyd had been adapted into Alibi in 1928. She adapted her bestselling novel And then there were none for stage in 1943, giving it a different ending, followed by, in quick succession, Appointment with Death (1945), Murder on the Nile (1946) and The Hollow (1951). With The Mousetrap (1952), Witness for the Prosecution (1953), and Spider’s Web (1954), she became the only female playwright to have three plays running in the West End at the same time. Later plays include Towards Zero (1956) co-adapted with Gerald Verner, Verdict (1958) possibly her most unusual play, Go Back for Murder (1960), and Rule of Three (1962) a series of three one act plays. After a hugely successful career and a wonderful life, Ms. Christie died peacefully on 12 January 1976. You can read Agatha Christie’s own account of her life in An Autobiography which was published after her death in 1977.

 

Character Breakdown

Thomas Rogers Male 40s – 50s The butler and caretaker of the house on Soldier Island. Along with his wife, he withheld an important medication from a former employer, which resulted in the employer’s death. Competent manservant, shifty, dishonest.
Mrs. Rogers Female 40s – 50s The house servant and wife of the butler. She is accused by the gramophone recording of taking part in the killing of her former boss. Worried, frightened and guilt-ridden woman.
Anthony Marston Male 22 – 35 A dangerous driver, accused of killing a young couple with his car. A good-looking playboy who has never wanted for anything.
Miss Emily Brent Female 45 – 65 A religious fundamentalist who believes she is morally superior to everyone else on the island. She is accused of killing a young girl by causing her to commit suicide after being kicked out of her house. Deeply religious, sanctimonious, middle aged spinster.
Vera Claythorne Female 20s-30s A former nursemaid who came to the island under the pretense of becoming Mrs. U.N. Owen’s secretary. She caused the drowning death of a young child, which resulted in losing the love of her life, Hugo. “Innocent,” ingenue type, she is surprisingly cunning. Young, self-assured, troubled by guilt.
Phillip Lombard Male 25 – 40s A soldier of fortune who is responsible for the deaths of an entire native African tribe. Leading man type; a mercenary who can wiggle out of a scrape. Adventurous, inappropriately witty.
Detective William Blore Male 30s – 50s A former detective with Scotland yard who committed perjury that resulted in locking up an innocent man.
Judge
Lawrence Wargrave
Male 50s – 60s A recently retired judge who is accused (via a gramophone recording) of having murdered Edward Seton, a man over whose trial he presided. Calm, intelligent, often cold. Authoritative, hard, a trifle mysterious
Dr. Edward Armstrong Male 35+ A surgeon who is accused of having killed a patient after performing an operation on her while intoxicated.
General MacKenzie Male 60+ A surprisingly sentimental military man. Soldierly, overly guilt-ridden, almost welcoming death. A retired World War I general who is accused of sending a man with whom his wife was having an affair, into battle so that he would be killed.
Fred Narracott Male 20s – 40s A captain of the boat that ferries all the guests over to Soldier Island. A walk-on role. Weather worn, gruff, brings supplies and guests from the mainland to the island.