South City Theatre will hold auditions for Rehearsal for Murder directed by Donna Love on July 30 @ 2 p.m. and July 31 @ 6:30 p.m. at the theatre, 2969 Pelham Parkway, Suites J-K, Pelham, AL 35124. The production will be staged at South City Theatre October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at South City, and 20 and 21 at Homewood Library.

 

Synopsis:
A theatrical mystery in which the theatre becomes the set for the play. The playwright prepares for the first reading of his new play. We discover that everyone involved in the reading of this new play was involved with another play by the same playwright. At its opening night, exactly a year ago and in the same theatre, the beautiful leading lady, who was also the playwright’s fiancée, was murdered! As the reading of this new play begins, startling connections to the murder begin to unfold. The growing tension reaches the boiling point with surprising revelations, countered by others even more surprising. The dazzling, yet basically logical twists build to a climax and solution that are theatrically stunning!
 

Character Descriptions

Age ranges are just a guideline and are subject to change

MALE ROLES:

ALEX DENNISON – a playwright --- An attractive man, intelligent, forceful, charming, witty and sophisticated; seeks to prove the murder of his fiancée, whose death was ruled a suicide; success of the show depends on his ability to control the action, foresee every variable and to anticipate the reaction of every character; must be able to express the full range of emotion as well: being in love, grief, vengeance, desperation, etc. (age 40’s and up)

LEO GIBBS – an actor ---An actor/comedian; awkward and obnoxious, especially around Karen, his ex. (age mid- 30’s)

DAVID MATTHEW – an actor---A “serious actor” who is not quite as talented as he would like to believe; very full of himself. (age 30’s – 40’s)

FRANK HELLER – an actor ---Out of work actor, impersonating a police officer. Doubles as First Man in the auditorium. (age 30’s and up)

LLOYD ANDREWS – the director --- A good-looking young man with a brisk, capable manner; not quite Broadway quality. (age 30’s and up)

POLICE LIEUTENANT – investigating the death – Gray-haired man in his 50’s, wearing rumpled suit, unlit cigar. Doubles as SECOND MAN in the auditorium. (age 40 and up)

MALE POLICE OFFICER – officer investigating the death – (age 20’s and up)

ERNIE– theatre janitor

MR. SANTORO – furniture mover

 

FEMALE ROLES:

MONICA WELLS – an actress --- A movie star who seeks to legitimize her acting career by starring in a Broadway play; falls in love with the playwright and then, seemingly jumps to her death on opening night; must be able to express the full range of emotions; being in love, fear, desperation, disdain, etc. (age 35 and up)

SALLY BEAN – Alex’s secretary --- Alex’s assistant; young, optimistic, idealistic, recently-graduated, naïve and in the Big Apple for the first time. (age 20’s)

KAREN DANIELS – an actress –Actress who starts out meek, but later shows that she is cutthroat, ambitious, and conniving. (age 30’s)

BELLA LAMB – the producer – Broadway producer and Alex’s friend; successful, confident, elegant. (age 40 and up)

FEMALE POLICE OFFICER – officer investigating the death - (age 20’s and up)

LORETTA – the stage manager

For more information, email info@southcitytheatre.com

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