Accepting Virtual Video Auditions
Now through April 9, 2021
The Broadview Heights Spotlights 2021 virtual youth production is A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical.
A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical premiered digitally on August 5, 2020, as a fully-produced (from home!) 9-episode Broadway star-studded musical in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This hilarious and irreverent send-up of the classic Murder Mystery features music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and a book by Kait Kerrigan and Rachel Axler. The Spotlights Production will be co-directed by Tim Anderson & Ryan Bergeron and co-produced by Karen Johnston & Peggy Newton.
Interested actors, ages 13 – 21, may submit a video audition through April 9, 2021. Rehearsals will begin mid-April via Zoom. Cast members will be asked to pick up props and costumes at the Broadview Heights Spotlights building. Some filming and recording may be conducted in-person, adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines. The show will be available for streaming from June 18 – July 18 on Showtix4u.com.
The show contains mature themes and language, and those auditioning and their parents should be familiar with the material before auditioning.
Audition Video Requirements:
- Provide a 2- to 3- minute video that showcases your vocal ability. (i.e. Bring. It!)
- The song should be in the style of the show (pop/rock/modern musical theater.) (The album is streamable on Spotify and Amazon Music, as well as at the MTI website.)
- Sing with an accompaniment (Karaoke) track. It is strongly suggested that the track be played through a second speaker positioned behind you. A cappella auditions will not provide us with the information we are looking for about your vocal ability.
- Position the camera so that it shows you from your waist to approximately 4 inches above your head.
- Make sure you are well-lit without any weird shadows.
- The video should be submitted as an upload or an accessible web link (i.e. YouTube) on the audition form.
What We’re Looking For in Your Video Audition:
- We want to see you! The real you. Show us who you are and what you can do. We are not looking for you be a character.
- Interpret the importance that the song has to you. Make personal connections to the lyrics and use your whole self to communicate meaning.
- Be confident. Your preparation should prepare you to present the best possible version of you in the audition.
- Please do not use costumes or props to “enhance” your audition. (Ever. For any reason.)
(pronouns: she/her): A latter day version of Justine, now a grand dame of policework who is alternately procrastinating and writing her memoirs.
FEATURED FEATURED SONGS: Sleuth In Duluth, Boom! Shout! (Reprise), Sleuth In Duluth (Reprise)
VARTHUR MCARTHUR—ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
(pronouns: he/him): Once a Gavroche on Broadway (and not seen on Broadway since), this director is now in Middle America bringing culture to Philistines. Pompous, arrogant, loves being a big fish in a little town.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Ringmaster
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, A Killer Party (Reprise)
(pronouns: she/her): Lowly metermaid promoted to detective when everyone else on the force is unavailable. This is her big break and she’s determined and quirky. The suspects have disdain for her because she has ticketed them all. Knows nothing about theatre.
FEATURED SONGS: Today’s Detective, Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out!, Boom! Shout! (Reprise), Hands Out, Process of Elimination, Sleuth In Duluth (Reprise)
CLARKE STAPLES—STAGE MANAGER
(pronouns: he/him, she/her, they/them): Has been working as a stage manager, assistant director, assistant to the director, box office manager, concessions, barback, and typist for Varthur for ten years. Beleaguered and loyal, could he have finally snapped?
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Stowaway
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out!
(pronouns: he/him, she/her, they/them): Works at theater full-time—costumes, sets; a visionary with too few resources. Shea goes all the way with everything they do, whether they’re designing a show or playing a role in the murder mystery dinner party. It’s all or nothing for Shea.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Trapeze Artist
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Circus On the Sea, Shipload Of Fools
VIVIKA ORSONWELLES—LEADING LADY
(pronouns: she/her): Pharmacist by day, star by night. When she finds out that Varthur cast Lily, an ambitious upstart, as the lead in the murder mystery dinner party instead of her, she is fuming. Is she mad enough to take revenge?
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Clown
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Wait for My Cue, Never Miss My Mark, I Did It For You
GEORGE MURDERER—LEADING MAN
(pronouns: he/him): A trust-fund kid who fancies himself a musical theater writer. In fact, he believes he has written the next Hamilton. The AD has been stringing him along, taking his family’s money, making him think that they would be doing his musical next. When the cast list went out and it wasn’t for his musical, he was livid.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Ship Captain
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Never Miss My Mark, I Did It For You
(pronouns: she/her): Real Estate Broker by day and aspiring leading lady by night. She’s tired of playing second fiddle to Vivika. She wants her own spotlight and tonight she’s finally gotten it.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Sexy Lion Tamer
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Songus Interruptus, Hands Out
CAMERON MITCHELLJOHN—ALWAYS IN THE CHORUS
(pronouns: he/him): Cameron took off work tonight—as a cater/waiter—because Varthur promised him a role in the Murder Mystery. Only, lo and behold, he’s playing the mute Steward —so he’s still taking coats, serving canapes, and waiting for his moment to shine.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Steward
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Breathe, Big Cat
JOAN MCARTHUR—DIRECTOR’S WIFE
(pronouns: she/her): An estate lawyer, who prefers to work with dead people, Joan has bankrolled this entire theater venture and she’s fed up. She’s been trying to sell the building and everything they own goes to her in Varthur’s will.
NO MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME—she would rather die.
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Live Out Loud
JEREMY JORDAN—A fantasy version of himself
FEATURED SONG: Big Cat
This production will include an Off-Screen Chorus that provides background vocals for A Killer Party, Today’s Detective, Stuck, Circus on the Sea, Hands Out, Shipload of Fools, Process of Elimination.
- Musical Theater International Show Page
- This page has a complete version of the script and links to the songs on Spotify.
- A Killer Party (Official Page of the Original Production)
- Purchase and stream the nine episodes of the original release (The Spotlights’ Production will be a single production that streams on showtix4u.com). You can also find information about the creators, crew, and original cast.
- Wikipedia: A Killer Party
- Additional information from everyone’s favorite free encyclopedia.
- New York Times Review of A Killer Party
- It’s just interesting, and acknowledges the importance of a piece like this during these times.
Additional questions not answered here may be mailed to Tim Anderson at email@example.com.