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AUDITIONS

Gather some 1940s show-biz types, a spooky old mansion with sliding panels, a sinister German maid, wacky wit and murder, and voila! A non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher!”

Director – Craig Cormier

CAST REQUIREMENTS – 5 adult men and 5 adult women (Fully vaccinated individuals are encouraged to audition)

(Please review character descriptions below)

Where: Mount Wachusett Community College, theatre
When:  Tuesday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 14 at 7PM sharp – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (to schedule an appointment, email box-office@mwcc.mass.edu no later than July 6)

Auditions will consist of readings from the script

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Performance Dates:  September 17, 18, 23, 24 @ 7:30PM; September 19 and 25 @ 2PM

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Primary days Sundays 6-9pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9:30pm. There will be double rehearsals on some Sundays as we get closer to performances.

CASTING INFORMATION

HELSA WENZEL – the German Maid. A humorless women in her 30’s later discovered to be Dieter Wenzel (Helsa’s twin brother), an officer in German Counter Intelligence and former cabaret entertainer and female impersonator. 

ELSA Von GROSSENKNUETEN – the host, owner of the mansion and financial backer of many musicals. She is an attractive middle-aged woman of solid Bavarian stock with a flair for the dramatic as well as the culinary arts. Her grandfather was a spy, and she claims that espionage runs in her blood.

MICHAEL KELLY – a New York City undercover police officer, Irish of course. Elsa appeals to him to help solve the mystery of the Stage Door Slasher. His tough, no-nonsense attitude puts him at odds with the zany Elsa and the other dramatic types that visit.

PATRICK O’REILLY – claims to be an Irish tenor, but he is very suspicious, especially in regard to the mysterious Helsa. The two engage in a physical brawl. Eventually, O’Reilly claims to be “Tony Garibaldi,” an undercover cop with a Bronx accent – only to reveal himself as a Gestapo Agent named Klaus Stansdorff, sent to find German defectors.

KEN DeLa MAIZE – the Director. An attractive self-absorbed man in his mid 40’s who has an annoying habit of name-dropping. His tan and his clothes are very Hollywood.

NIKKI CRANDALL – a beautiful, young actress/chorus girl eventually revealed to be Ensign Nicole Crandall, of United States Naval Intelligence. Her secret mission was to find the Germans who were to sabotage American war efforts. Falls for Eddie McCuen.

EDDIE McCUEN – an out of work, struggling young comedian with an endless supply of bad jokes. He is the one who puts the pieces of the mystery together to solve the Stage Door Slasher case. His brave actions unite him with Nikki.

MARJORIE BAVERSTOCK – a Broadway producer – anywhere between 30 and 60 years old. She dresses and carries herself like royalty and constantly flatters everyone around her – “simply divoon!!”

ROGER HOPEWELL – the lyricist. The outrageous, flamboyant songwriting partner of Bernice, Hopewell can whip out quips with the speed and panache of a Noel Coward character. Known to flare up when anyone insults his musical style.

BERNICE ROTH – the librettist. A woman in her 40’s who dresses like a gypsy dancer. She is drunkenly ascorbic, and has absolutely no espionage in her blood. She is odd and emotional, frequently losing her composure and screaming.

Theatre at the Mount auditions and roles are open to ALL. Persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages and ability statuses are given fair consideration for any and all roles.

 For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu