Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile - by appointment, August 27 & 28, 2016. Call beginning July 27

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile at Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego, Oregon

Auditions for Agatha Christie's, Murder on the Nile, are by appointment on SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 and SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016 The director is seeking 5 ADULT WOMEN (ages 20s-60s) and 7 ADULT MEN (ages 20s-60s). Use our new ONLINE AUDITION SIGNUP to secure a slot. If you are unable to navigate this new process, call Lakewood Theatre at 503-635-3901.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment.

Murder on the Nile is directed by Nancy McDonald.


Callbacks:

Callbacks, if needed, will be September 6 at the discretion of the director. Rehearsals will begin in November, 2016.

Location:
Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment.

Audition Requirements:

  • Please bring a current headshot and a resume.
  • The director will have actors read sides from the script. Those auditioning can either come early to review sides or check out script from the office to read onsite or check out for 24 hours for a nominal fee.
  • Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.


Important Dates:
 Murder on the Nile opens January 6, 2017 and continues through February 12, 2017. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM (Jan. 8, 22, & Feb. 5), Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (Jan. 15, 29 & Feb. 5, 12) and one Wednesday evening performances (Feb. 8) at 7:30 PM.

Rehearsals begin in November 2016. Final rehearsal schedule will be determined once show is cast. All actors should bring calendar and list any rehearsal conflict.


ABOUT THE PLAY
Simon Mostyn has recently married the wealthy and beautiful Kay Ridgeway, having jilted his former fiancé Jacqueline. The newlyweds are on their honeymoon on a paddle steamer on the Nile, accompanied by a bevy of memorable characters including Canon Pennefather, Kay's guardian, and Jacqueline, who, though uninvited, has been dogging their footsteps all through the honeymoon. What started as a pleasant diversion up the Nile to see the sites has become a thrill-ride of jealousy, suspicion and murder, with every character given the opportunity to show their best (and worst) selves. Quite different from the films and TV movies based on the book, Agatha Christie wrote the play herself, and crafted it for the medium of theatre and for the theatre actors she so loved and admired. 

About the Playwright
One of the most successful and beloved writers of mystery stories, Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was born in 1890 in Torquay, County Devon, England. She wrote her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1920, launching a literary career that spanned decades. In her lifetime, she authored 79 crime novels and a short story collection, 19 plays, and six novels written under the name of Mary Westmacott. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language with another billion in 44 foreign languages.


Some of her most famous titles include Murder on the Orient Express, Mystery of the Blue Train, And Then There Were None, 13 at Dinner and The Sittaford Mystery. Noted for clever and surprising twists of plot, many of Christie's mysteries feature two unconventional fictional detectives named Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Poirot, in particular, plays the hero of many of her works, including the classic, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), and Curtain (1975), one of her last works in which the famed detective dies.


Over the years, her travels took her to the Middle East where she met noted English archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan. They married in 1930. Christie accompanied Mallowan on annual expeditions to Iraq and Syria, which served as material for Murder in Mesopotamia (1930), Death on the Nile (1937), and Appointment with Death (1938). Christie's credits also include the plays, The Mousetrap and Witness for the Prosecution (1953; film 1957). Christie received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for 1954-1955 for Witness. She was also named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1971. Christie died in 1976.    


Breakdown of Roles:

Please note: All roles are open. Lakewood supports and encourages diversity in all casting. All roles receive remuneration. This is truly an ensemble cast and strong acting and accents are required for each role.

  • Kay Ridgeway Mostyn (plays 24 years old) A charismatic, rich and spoiled young socialite who leaves all in her path breathless with admiration or disgust. British. Major role.
  • Simon Mostyn (late 20s) Kay's new husband; good looking, good-tempered with a simple hearty manner, from humble beginnings, determined not to use Kay for her money. British. Major role.
  • Canon Pennefather (50s-60s) A large imposing clergyman, a self-described “worldly order of the clergy who enjoys the good things in life;” Kay's guardian whom she calls Uncle Ambrose – the sleuth and pivotal detective of the play. British. Major role.
  • Jacqueline de Severac (plays 24 years old) Simon's ex-fiancé and Kay's best friend; raging with jealousy over Simon and Kay's marriage. Emotional and mercurial, if somewhat fragile. British. Major role.
  • William Smith (30s-early 40s) An irreverent man who has devoted himself to the causes of the “working man” yet with a sparkle in the eye. A bit dirty and careless about his dress. His voice and dry wit contradict his appearance. British. Large supporting role.
  • Ms. Christina Grant (20s) Nice sensible girl with an amazingly equable temper. Great-niece of Ms. ffoliot-ffoulkes, grateful for the adventure on her aunt’s dime. Scottish. Large supporting role.
  • Ms. Helen ffoliot-ffoulkes (60s) Unpleasant aging socialite; rude, snobbish and gruff. A believer in the upper and lower classes and that the twain should NEVER meet. Veddy British. Large supporting role.
  • Dr. Ludwig Bessner (late 30s-50s) Bespectacled medical doctor with a marked foreign accent from a small country in Europe; hates Kay's father and blames him for the financial ruin of his country and his family. Think German for the accent. Large supporting role.
  • Louise (20s-30s) Kay's flirtatious and devious French maid. Speaks fluent French and English with a French accent. Supporting role.
  • Steward (20s-40s) Egyptian steward of the paddle steamer Lotus; sly and humorous character with the opportunity to go beyond what appears on the page, speaks with a strong middle-eastern accent and can speak more clearly when he wants to. Also requires speaking some Arabic. Scripted as Nubian. Ideal role for non-Caucasian actors, although all actors will be considered. Supporting role.
  • Beadseller 1 / Assistant Steward / Egyptian Policeman (20s – 40s) A great chance for three cameos in one. Middle Eastern accent. All 3 roles will require speaking in Arabic.
  • Beadseller 2 / Ship’s Manager (30s – 40s) 2 very good cameo roles. Middle Eastern accent. Both roles will require speaking in Arabic.

Auditions are by appointment. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment. Callbacks, if needed, will be Sept. 6 at the Director's discretion.

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