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AUDITIONS:

Murder on the
Orient Express

Play by Ken Ludwig,

Adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie

Directed by Kristen Bennett

FRIday, JULY 15th, 2022

6:30pm - 9:30pm

IMPORTANT DATES

Rehearsals: 7/22, 8/1, 8/5, 8/13, 8/16, 8/17, 8/18, 8/22, 8/23, 8/24, 8/25, 8/30, 8/31

9/1, 9/6, 9/7, 9/8, 9/12, 9/14, 9/15, 9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/28, 9/29

10/4, 10/5, 10/6, 10/8, 10/10, 10/12, 10/13

Shows: 10/14, 10/15, 10/16, 10/20, 10/21, 10/22, 10/23, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30

ABOUT THE SHOW

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer - in case he or she decides to strike again.

AUDITION INFO

 

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Bring your theater resume and a recent headshot. Be prepared to list any rehearsal date conflicts upon arrival.​

Actors may prepare in advance using the sides provided below. Accents will be used as indicated per character. Accents are encouraged at auditions, but are not required, and will not guarantee a role if used.

Magenta Theater embraces non-traditional casting. We encourage actors of all cultures, genders, orientations, and differently abled persons to audition. Ages are fluid but age appropriateness will be considered. 18+ adults only unless pre-approved.

Actors interested in the role of Helen Hubbard should submit a 30-second or shorter audition clip before 7/15 to kristen.bennett@magentatheater.com (SEE SIDE 8 BELOW for complete information -- COMING SOON!).

ALL ROLES ARE VOLUNTEER ONLY (NO PAY). PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION REQUIRED TO AUDITION/BE CAST. COVID PRECAUTIONS WILL BE FOLLOWED.

CAST OF CHARACTERS (6M, 5F)

HERCULE POIROT* (Sides 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Belgian - A famous detective in his 50s or 60s.

Monsieur BOUC(Sides 1, 2, 4, 6, 7)

Belgian - A successful businessman who runs the Orient Express.

MARY DEBENHAM*/** (Sides 1, 3)

British - A calculated young woman.

HECTOR MACQUEEN (Sides 1, 2, 3)

American - A nervous young man. Ratchett's secretary.

MICHEL THE CONDUCTOR/head waiter (Sides 1, 6, 7)

French - Conductor of the Orient Express.


PRINCESS DRAGOMIROFF (Sides 5, 6)

Russian - Exiled, elderly Russian Princess.

GRETA OHLSSON (Sides 5, 6)

Swedish -  A Swedish missionary, odd and eccentric.

COUNTESS ANDRENYI(Sides 2, 6)

Hungarian - Formerly a doctor.

Helen Hubbard*** (Sides 1, 4, 6, 8)

American - An older, Minnesota housewife with a flair for the dramatic.

COLONEL ARBUTHNOTT*/** (Sides 1, 3)

Scottish -  A standoffish soldier.

SAMUEL RATCHETT(Side 2) 

American -  A lecherous American businessman.

*Minor stage combat required for this role.

**Onstage kissing/intimacy required for this role.

*** Vocal audition clip required to be considered for this role.