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Upcoming Auditions 

We have auditions in January for Murder on the Orient Express and Sister Act. Both protocols are listed below.

 

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS AUDITION PROTOCOL

Date
Wednesday, January 8 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
(Those who audition should arrive by 6:30 but may not need to stay until 9:30)
Callbacks (if necessary) are TBD

Rehearsal Dates
January 13 - March 27
Monday 7:00- 8:30/9 pm and Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:30/9 pm
Possibly adding Saturdays or Sundays in late February/early March

Performance Dates
7:30 pm March 27, 28, April 3,4
2:30 PM March 29, April 5
6 shows total during a two week run

Audition Location
Rivertowne Players
Masonic Theatre
514 Hancock St, New Bern, NC 28560

What to Prepare
This audition packet includes everything you need for your audition. You only need to prepare the monologues in this packet. No other monologue is required! Please choose TWO of the short monologues from this packet to prepare for your auditions. Please choose two different characters. We will have audition forms available for you to fill out that evening.

This production will be directed Kristine Boccia and Produced by Christy Hawkins. For questions or more information, please contact Kristine Boccia at actingout@mail.com or Christy Hawkins at nbrivertowneplayers@gmail.com.

Seeking the Following Roles:

Hercule Poirot (Belgian, 40’s - 60’s) World famous detective, meticulous, witty, oddly charismatic in his own way,
slightly pompous, passionately driven to find the answers, strong moral compass, very aware of his ability and his
well deserved reputation

Monsieur Bouc (Belgian, 30’s - 50’s) Director of Wagon-Lit, the train company that owns the Orient Express, a good
humored man, playful, generous, proud, an excellent host with a love of luxury and grandeur

Mary Debenham (British, 20’s - 40’s) A governess, capable yet romantic, anxious about her journey on the Orient
Express, there is a sadness around her eyes, clearly has a secret and an unknown relationship to Colonel Arbuthnot

Hector MacQueen (American, 20’s - 50’s) Secretary and assistant to Samuel Ratchett, tightly wound, edgy and
nervous, always seems to be on the verge of falling apart

Michel the Conductor (French, 30’s - 50’s) Polite, hard-working, happy to have a good position on the Orient
Express, eager to please

Princess Dragomiroff (Russian, 40’s - 70’s) Royalty, a sweeping, impressive presence, intimidating, impatient,
everyone knows when she enters the room

Greta Ohlsson (Swedish, 20’s - 40’s) Missionary, inherently odd, very strict and religiously devout, plain with a
sheepish, almost frightened quality, Princess Dragomiroff is paying her way in exchange for helping her on her
journey

Countess Andrenyi (Hungarian, 20’s - 40’s) Beautifully and exquisitely dressed, like something out of a fairy tale,
with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets, intelligent

Helen Hubbard (American, 40’s - 70’s) Eccentric, bold and outspoken with a touch of flamboyance, from the
American midwest, jovial, deliciously nosy and brash, often flirtatious, she can talk to anyone, even if they don’t want
to listen

Colonel Arbuthnot (Scottish, 20’s - 40’s) Handsome, very matter of fact, clearly has a secret and an unknown
connection to Mary Debenham, he enjoys the sense of adventure that the Orient Express provides, takes charge
when he needs to

Samuel Ratchett (American, 40’s - 60’s) American businessman with a gangster’s edge, evil at heart and frightening,
unforgiving, stern demeanor, pushy, domineering

Head Waiter (Turkish, 20’s - 50’s) Snooty and smooth, a (phony) name dropper

About The Show
From the playwright who brought us Baskerville comes another murderously fun ride! One of Agatha Christie’s greatest novels springs to life in this thrilling new stage adaptation. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. By morning, an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times and with his door locked from the inside. Was it the Colonel, the Countess, the American Traveler or the Russian Princess? Or perhaps it was the English Beauty, the American Assistant, the French Conductor or the Swedish Missionary. The eccentric collection of passengers become suspects and the world famous detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer before he or she decides to strike again! This production will be directed Kristine Boccia. For questions or more information, please contact Kristine Boccia at actingout@mail.com.

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals are generally held weekday evenings. Additional weekend rehearsals are sometimes added as needed. Participating in a Rivertowne show is a serious commitment and rehearsal attendance is very important. However, we understand that you are volunteering your time and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule. Please make sure to list all known conflicts on your audition form. If cast in the show, please notify the Director and/or Producer of any new conflicts that come up. You will only be called to rehearsal when you are needed.

Tech Week

Begins March 15. Tech week is the final week of the rehearsal process where all of the technical elements of the show are put in place. As this show requires a wide range of technical elements, this process is integral to the success of the production. No actor may miss a rehearsal during tech week.

Remember!

Casting is subjective and completely based on someone else’s opinion. Sometimes casting decisions are based on age, looks, height, or how you look next to other cast members. You will not get cast in every role you want and sometimes you won’t get cast at all. If you are not cast in this show, you should still celebrate the fact that you gave it your best shot. If this is not the right show for you, we hope to see you at the next audition.

Please choose TWO monologues to perform at your audition. Please choose two different characters. Memorizing your monologues is not required, but certainly recommended. Many of these characters speak with an accent. Accents are challenging, and no one is expecting you to have a perfect accent at your first audition. However, you are strongly encouraged to give it your best shot!

POIROT (Belgian / French accent)
From the beginning it was an odyssey of deception and trickery. One minute, I could see the light, like the beam of a train engine hurtling past. The next minute, all was darkness and the thread that I pulled came away in my fingers and led to nothing. I believe it was the greatest case of my career, but who am I to say? Modesty forbids it. It was certainly the most difficult I have ever encountered, and it made me question the very deepest values that I have held since I was a young man.

BOUC (Belgian / French accent)
Monsieur Poirot! It is not a mere train that will carry you tonight, it is a legend. It runs like no other vehicle on the earth. The fittings are from Paris, the paneling; Venice, the plates are from Rome and the taps are from New York. The best food, the best beds, the best pillows, the best feathers inside the pillows. It is poetry on wheels, and Lord Byron himself could not write it better. Monsieur, prepare yourself. In one hour, I will meet you on the platform of the Orient Express.

MRS. HUBBARD (American accent)
Mrs. Helen Caroline Peabody-Wolfson-Van Pelt-Hubbard, if you please, from the beautiful garden state of Minnesota. Mr. Peabody, my first husband, was a very good soul but the poor man had no talent for longevity, and I shouldn’t say poor because he did very nicely for himself, thank you very much. My second husband was a Mr. Wolfson who I loved dearly, but he loved a lot of women and so I traded up and got a Van Pelt, but I caught him in bed with that redhead from the Waldorf who did his nails. Then at last I found Mr. Hubbard and I call him my little white knight for saving me from a life of bridge games and watery cocktails at the Minneapolis Country Club.

RATCHETT (American accent)
Mr. Poirot, I’d like to discuss that proposition I mentioned. I want you to take on a job for me because I’m talkin’ big money here. I have an enemy. I’ve been getting some threatening letters lately and I want an extra pair of eyes to do some snoopin’ around. And that’s what you do, am I right? Snoopin’? Of course I can take care of myself but I’ll pay you five thousand dollars. How does that sound?

GRETA (Swedish accent)
I have to confess to you Princess, that I am not liking trains since I am little girl. They are feeling very tight to me, like clothing that is made wrong size. I am also not liking the strangers and the clickety-clackety. But ve vill be sitting next to each other, ja? That part is good. In Africa once I am on a train and there is noise and crying and animals. And I look up from my book and sitting there next to me, right on the seat, is a very old goat! Is true. Old goat! He is like my companion. And on this trip that we are taking together right now, I think it will not be so different, ja?

MRS. HUBBARD (American accent)
There was a man in my room! He ran off! I’m sure of it! He ducked into one of the compartments or something! I don’t know. I tell you I was lying there in my bed, dead to the world, and I open my eyes and I see this man going out the door. And he’s wearing a uniform. One second he was there and then he was gone. He was like a phantom! And I wasn’t dreaming. I know when I’m dreaming! My door was locked, but people have keys, don’t they? He could have strangled me in my bed, or shot me or something!

BOUC (Belgian / French accent)
Just think what a Yugoslavian police inquiry would do to my company! People would say “oh no, I cannot travel on the Orient Express, I could be murdered in my bed!” and our sales would suffer and I would lose my clients! Only you can solve this. You are a magician, I have seen you work! You listen, you look, you pester, you make yourself a pain in the backside, then suddenly poof!, the case is solved like that! The Yugoslavian Police Department? They are like the Three Stooges in the movie house. They poke each other in the eyes by accident! Please old friend, say you’ll take the case and find the murderer before the police arrive.

POIROT (Belgian / French accent)
A young girl named Daisy Armstrong was kidnapped from her home in Long Island, New York. The ransom was set at two hundred thousand dollars and it was paid. But Daisy was not returned to her parents. Three days later, they found the little girl - dead, murdered - in the woods not far away from her home. The police caught the man who did it but he had ties to organized crime and they got him off by changing the evidence. He would have been lynched if he had been found by the public, but he gave them the slip and disappeared. Mr. MacQueen said that Ratchett was fleeing from something in America and that he succeeded until the letters began arriving. It is clear that Samuel Ratchett’s real name is Bruno Cassetti, the man who murdered little Daisy Armstrong.

PRINCESS (Russian accent)
No, my dear, his name is Bruno Cassetti, and what I pray is that his soul is damned and that he burns in hell for all eternity. He murdered a little girl named Daisy Armstrong and her grandmother is my dearest friend. You know her as the actress Linda Arden. And when her five year old granddaughter was murdered by this monster Cassetti, it took her years to recover, indeed she has not yet recovered! And it wasn’t just that sweet little girl that was taken from us. First little Daisy, and then her mother, who was pregnant, died in childbirth, and the baby died too. And the little girl’s father, Colonel Armstrong, who could not live with what happened and ended his own life. There is no forgiveness in a case like this. That Mr. Cassetti should have been flogged to death and his remains cut up and thrown onto a rubbish heap!

MACQUEEN (American accent)
My father was the District Attorney for the state of New York and he brought the case against that ... son of a bitch. I’m sorry, but you have no idea what he did to that family. And they were so kind to me. And there was a governess and a baby nurse, and then poor Suzanne. She was a French housemaid - she came from Paris - and my father’s office thought she might be implicated, and ... and she was so distraught from the accusations that she - she killed herself. Only it turned out that she was innocent. My father was shattered. He never recovered.

POIROT (Belgian / French accent)
Every time I find a piece of the puzzle, there is a suspect who has an alibi. Colonel Arbuthnot? He could have a grudge against Cassetti from a business dealing - but then MacQueen gives him an alibi from 12 to 2, they are chatting on the Observation Deck! What about Miss Ohlssohn? She is strange, there is something not right about her - but she swears that she and Miss Debenham are up all night chattering in the room they are sharing. And so it goes with Mrs. Hubbard and the Princess and now Miss Debenham is shot and I am out of suspects!

MARY (British accent)
I only caught a glimpse of him. He was in a kind of uniform. But I may have imagined it. I woke up this morning feeling disoriented, as though I’d been drugged or something, and I had this splitting headache. So I looked through my suitcase for some aspirin, but I didn’t have any. So then I stumbled out of the room and I saw that Mrs. Hubbard’s door was ajar. I called to her but she wasn’t there and then - I know I shouldn’t have - but I went into her room. My head was splitting open by this time and I wasn’t thinking straight - so I looked for some aspirin in Mrs. Hubbard’s makeup bag. And there was this knife and it was covered with blood! I was frightened when I saw the knife and I must have backed into Mr. Ratchett’s room, and then I turned and saw the body on the bed with all the blood and the wounds, and I - I screamed, and then I saw the man and the gun and that’s all I remember!

ARBUTHNOT (Scottish accent)
I’m married! All right?! I’m in the process of getting a divorce - which I deserve because my wife is seeing another man - but I’ll lose my case in court if it’s known that I’m seeing a woman socially. When the divorce is behind us we can stop hiding, which is why we’ve been trying to keep things private, no thanks to you! Some of us have emotions, Poirot! I’m sure you’d sacrifice your own mother if it led you to one of your damn solutions, and I don’t think you know what the hell you’re doing.

COUNTESS (Hungarian accent)
But I didn’t kill him! I should have but I didn’t! I didn’t even know who he was until you discovered it. But then I realized that if you knew who I was, you would think that I killed him because he was a blackmailer. And a swine! And the murderer of a darling, sweet, innocent, child who deserved to live! It’s the truth, I swear to God! But I’ll tell you this; if I had known who he was - that he was Bruno Cassetti - the man who stole two of the people I loved most in this world - I would have pushed the dagger through his chest myself, and believe me, no other woulds would have been necessary!

 

Sister Act Audition Protocol

Director: Megan Greene
Producer: Susie Tilley

Masonic Theatre
514 Hancock Street

Jan. 24th 6pm - 8pm
Jan. 25th 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Possible callbacks the 26th

Show dates: May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23

Cast size (30-35 people)

- If auditioning for a lead role, please read the character descriptions and prepare a song and a 1 minute monologue suiting the character you are auditioning for.

- If auditioning for ensemble, please prepare a 1 minute comedic monologue and a song of your choosing that will show off your range.

- All nuns should be strong singers and must be able to harmonize and blend to fill our choir, however, they also have their own, (very specific and quirky) personalities, so you must also be able to stand out on your own when the time comes for it in certain songs.

*Please show up in clothes you can move in.*

Character Breakdown

Deloris Van Cartier
An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, confident, funny, sassy, and ultimately caring.
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Mother Superior
The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings.
Age: 50 to 70
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: D3

Sister Mary Robert
A postulant, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life.
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Sister Mary Patrick
A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable.
Age: 35 to 50

Sister Mary Lazarus
A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris's soul music.
Age: 50 to 70
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: F3

Monsignor O'hara
One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood.
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Curtis
A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris's boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence.
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Eddie Souther
The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero.
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Tj
Curtis's nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.
Age: 16 to 30
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Db3

Joey
One of Curtis's thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies' man.
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Pablo
One of Curtis's thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish.
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Sister Mary Martin-of-tours
A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity.
Age: 40 to 60

Sister Mary Theresa
A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch.
Age: 60 to 70

Michelle
One of Deloris's back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort. Strong singer. MUST be able to harmonize.
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Tina
One of Deloris's back-up singers. A little thick and naive. Strong singer. MUST be able to harmonize.
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Ernie
One of Curtis's thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant.
Age: 25 to 35

Ensemble
Nuns; Bar Denizens (Bar Patron, Waitress, Pool Player, Drag Queen); Homeless People; Fantasy Dancers, others