No upcoming auditions.
Watch this space!
Saturday 2nd December at 1pm in The Market Theatre:
The 25p Man – by Catherine Crosswell
This will be LADS’ entry in the Herefordshire County Drama Festival, which will be hosted in The Market Theatre between 8th and 10th March 2018.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 at 1pm to cast the remaining 4 roles in this one act play, which is approximately 35 minutes long. An excerpt of this play has already been rehearsed/performed by LADS members at the Feast Festival in Malvern, so those roles will be performed by the members already cast.
The 25p Man is an original musical play, set possibly in the eighties. What appears to be a fairly normal family discover they have won a prize from a rather bizarre caller (the 25p Man).
Maintaining normality becomes trickier as other members of this surreal family descend on to the stage to congratulate themselves on their winnings.
The smaller parts that have yet to be cast are:
- Joe – The Son – Late Teens. ‘Sings’ in all the ensemble songs. An odd character. Integral to the family dynamic.
- The 25p Man – Could be any age. Is really the ‘Normal’ Character. A salesman, the visitor to the house. Currently has some solo song lines (but these could be spoken – so good singing voice not essential)
- Grandad – Appears in the 2nd half of this one act play. Could be any age. Has a solo song. Thinks he is head of the family. Needs to be able to roll around on floor.
- Grandma – Appears in the 2nd half of this one act play. Could be any age. Has a solo song. Needs to be able to roll around on the floor.
For more information, please email director Catherine Crosswell.
Saturday 2nd December at 4pm in The Market Theatre:
A Murder is Announced – Agatha Christie
This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a classic murder mystery.
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Production dates: Thursday to Saturday, 26th – 28th April 2018
Auditions: Open auditions will be held at 4pm Saturday 2nd December 2017 in the Market Theatre.
Audition scripts: For a copy of the audition scripts, please email Craig Watson
If you were going to commit a murder, would you advertise it? Someone did!
The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are astounded to read an advert in the local gazette stating that a murder that will take place at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock on Friday, the thirteenth. Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out…
What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.
Characters (age range – various):
Female roles (7)
- Letitia Blacklock: The lady of the house, beyond middle-age but still attractive. She is known (to Bunny) as ‘Letty’;
- Dora Bunner: Slightly older fluttery childhood friend of Miss Blacklock, usually known by her nickname, ‘Bunny’.
She is easily confused and flustered;
- Julia Simmons: Miss Blacklock’s niece. Attractive, but can petty minded;
- Mitzi: Miss Blacklock’s foreign housekeeper and cook; a young refugee. Ideally petite and dark.
She is an explosive character and believes that everyone is against her;
- Miss Marple: An acquaintance of the family.
An elderly spinster who lives in the village of St. Mary Mead but acts as an amateur consulting detective.
She has an over inquisitive mind (which gets her into all sorts of trouble);
- Phillipa Hames: An elegant young lady with a rather serious turn of mind;
- Mrs. Swettenham: A woman in her fifties. She dotes on her son, Edmund.
Male roles (4)
- Inspector Craddock: Calm and determined.
- Sergeant Mellors / Rudi Scherz: Two cameo parts to be played by the same person. Sergeant Mellors reports to Inspector Craddock and appears briefly at the being and end of the play. Rudi Scherz is of Swiss extraction who makes a brief appearance before being shot;
[This part is ideally suited to an actor wishing to take on a small role in this production.];
- Edmund Swettenham: Serious, but cynical young writer, as yet unpublished. Somewhat foreign in appearance, but in fact very English;
- Patrick Simmons: Miss Blacklock’s nephew. Older than his sister Julia. Handsome, but slightly spoilt and foolish.
This is a two-act murder mystery with the action of the play taking place in the drawing room of Miss Blacklock’s Victorian country house in
Time: Late summer, 1951
Sunday 3rd December at 2pm in The Market Theatre:
Funeral Tea (Comedy) by Pat Wilson
(to be entered in the Herefordshire County Drama Festival in March 2018.)
Mrs Ellis, the English lady who caters small weddings and funeral teas, says she usually serves boiled ham, “but seeing as ‘ow this is my first cremation, I didn’t think boiled ‘am would be appropriate.”
As the ladies sip their tea, it becomes apparent that someone has misplaced the urn with dear Uncle Jacob’s ashes. When Sarah suggests the tea tastes odd, and they discover the tea tin still looked in the cupboard, they face an appalling possibility. A riotously funny play for an all-female cast.
- Mrs Ellis: Who caters privately for funerals, weddings, etc.
- Mrs Murgatroyd: Niece of the departed Jacob Starkie.
- Miss Starkie: Her younger sister.
- Miss Parker: Their friend.
- Mrs Booth: An old lady who just enjoys funerals.
Time: The Present
Place: A Small town in Yorkshire, England. (Ability to do a Yorkshire accent desirable!)
For further details, please contact Hamish Ellwood (Director)