TITLE: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
AUTHOR: Agatha Christie, adapted by Ken Ludwig
DIRECTOR: James Rice
RUN: Jan 15, 2022 – Feb 12, 2022
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.
This is a community theater production. Non-Equity. There is no pay.
At this time, all volunteers including actors must be fully vaccinated to participate in shows.
Dates: Monday, Nov. 1 & Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Callbacks: November 3, 2021
Date and Time: 7pm – 10pm, by invitation only.
First Rehearsal – Read-Through: November 6, 2021, Noon – 3 p.m.
Regular Rehearsal: Starts November 8, 2021. General days: Mon. – Thurs., 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Bring headshot and resume.
Sides for cold readings will be provided at the auditions.
Please bring your vaccination card as written proof of full vaccination to the auditions. Masks will be required at the auditions.
Ability to demonstrate accents required.
Famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is traveling on the Orient Express when a murder is committed. The victim was a particularly obnoxious man with a criminal past. As clues are revealed, it is apparent that many of the other passengers on the train had a motive to kill him, making Poirot’s task of identifying the murderer much more difficult.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
NOTE: All ethnicities are encouraged to audition and will be considered for any role.
HERCULE POIROT (M, 55-65): a famous Belgian detective; a “Big” personality; authoritative, witty, charismatic and slightly pompous; strong moral sense; very aware of his ability and his well deserved reputation. (French/Belgian accent required.)
MONSIEUR BOUC (M, 30-59): an English of good humor; playful, proud, generous; a predilection for grandeur; a whirlwind of energy; must be an excellent comedian. (French/Belgian accent required.)
MARY DEBENHAM (F, 30-40): an English beauty; a governess, capable yet romantic; a sadness around her eyes and a hardness about her person. (British dialect required.)
HECTOR MACQUEEN (M, 30-40): an American; tightly wound, edgy and nervous; he seems to always be on the verge of falling apart or coming unwound.
MICHEL the Conductor/MARCEL (M, 30-59): one actor will play two roles: Michel: a good-looking Frenchman, a quiet, almost grave sense of humor; unfailingly polite. Marcel: a Turkish waiter, snooty, smooth; must have great comic timing. (Dialects needed.)
PRINCESS DRAGOMIROFF (F, 60-79): a Russian dowager; very formal, a sweeping, impressive presence; imperial, impatient. (Russian dialect required.)
GRETA OHLSSON (F, 25-35): inherently odd, and very devout Swedish woman; a frightened, sheeplike quality; must be an excellent comedienne with an impeccable Swedish accent. (Swedish dialect required.)
COUNTESS ANDRENYI (F, 25-39): brilliantly beautiful, like something out of a fairytale; impeccably put together, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets; her delicacy belies a steely edge; she is no wilting flower. (Hungarian or generic European accent required.)
HELEN HUBBARD (F, 30-65): an outspoken and flamboyant American from the Midwest; jovial, obnoxious, domineering, deliciously nosy and brash; unapologetic; must be an excellent comedienne.
COLONEL ARBUTHNOT (M, 35-59): Scotsman, also middle aged, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender; must have great comic timing. (Scottish dialect required.)
SAMUEL RATCHETT (M, 35-59): middle-aged American businessman, evil at heart and frightening, brusque, unforgiving, stern demeanor; pushy, domineering.