Auditions for Agatha Christie’s
Murder on the Orient Express
In person auditions on March 23rd and 25th have been cancelled, stay tuned for information about video auditions!
Monday March 23rd from 7-9 pm Wednesday March 25th from 7-9pm
Co-directors Cassie Leonard and Chelsea Leonard are seeking men and women, ages 18 and up, to portray the characters in Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the riveting 1934 whodunit.
A stranded train, a dining car full of elegant passengers, and one very dead fellow traveler launch famous detective Hercule Poirot into what may be his most challenging case yet. When everyone’s a suspect, but each has a perfect alibi – who can you trust? Can Poirot find the culprit before the murderer strikes again?
Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Matawan, Route 34 and Franklin Avenue.
Prospective actors will be asked to do a cold reading from the script.
Performance dates are May 29, May 30, June 5 and June 6 at 8 pm and May 31 at 3 pm. For more information, call 732-583-7874 or email [email protected].
Casting call: 10-11 actors able to play the following roles, with appropriate accents. All roles are open. Certain roles may be double-cast.
Hercule Poirot — The famous Belgian detective. Precise, intelligent, with impeccable taste and style. Age 60+.
Monsieur Bouc — M. Bouc owns the Wagon Lit train service. He is a friend of M. Poirot and is aboard the Orient Express with him. He too is Belgian, middle-aged and of good humor.
Mary Debenham — An English beauty in her late 20s to mid-30s. She is a governess and a friend of Colonel Arbuthnot.
Hector MacQueen — A beleaguered, nervous American in his mid-20s to 30s who travels with Mr. Ratchett as his secretary.
Michel the Conductor / Head Waiter — Michel is the Wagon Lit conductor. He is a good-looking Frenchman, about 40, with a quiet, almost grave, sense of humor. Monsieur Bouc knows and trusts him. Doubles as a head waiter.
Princess Dragomiroff — Russian, in her 70s, expensively dressed and heavily bejeweled. She has a strong Russian accent and an imperious manner.
Greta Ohlsson — Plain, middle-aged and Swedish. Her English is not good, but she speaks and understands French. Greta is a matron in a missionary school and a trained nurse.
Helen Hubbard — A self-privileged, outspoken American in her mid-50s who is flamboyant and often demanding.
Countess Andrenyi — A brilliantly beautiful young lady in her 20s who is dressed to the nines. She looks quite exotic, speaks a little English and has a charming Hungarian accent and a warm smile.
Colonel Arbuthnot — A Scotsman with a Scottish accent in his mid-30s who served in India. He is honorable and upright, if a bit dim.
Samuel Ratchett — A brusque American business tycoon in his 30s, who is mysteriously murdered by being stabbed a dozen times in his locked train compartment.
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