by Agatha Christie
Directed by: John Blanchette
Assistant Director: Sean Senior
When: Sunday Dec 2nd and Monday Dec. 3rd at 6:30pm.
Where: Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer Street, South Portland
Auditioners should use an English accent – we need to hear what you bring to the table. We don’t expect it to be perfect – but we do require that you try! This is a show about misdirection. Everyone needs to appear furtive and "guilty” at some time or other. It is about quick, darting glances and suspicion. Having a small cast allows us to dig into character much more and really experiment with what we want to do. So bring your A game and prepare to have fun! Make bold choices and leave nothing unturned!
Rehearsals could be any evening except Wednesday or Saturday. Availability is a necessary factor for casting! As this is an ensemble show, almost everyone will be needed 4 nights a week. Our rehearsals have a couple holidays (Christmas and New Years) and you can expect a little extra time off then. Performances are Feb 1st– 17th.
If you have questions, contact director John Blanchette at email@example.com or at 749-7013. Scripts are available by request. If you are unable to make the audition dates, notify us ASAP and we will see what we can do to arrange an audition for you.
Molly – young, attractive, 20s-30s, not strong emotionally or constitutionally. Hiding a terrible secret.
Giles – attractive, a bit arrogant, 20’s-30s, a bit gruff, not without charm.
Christopher Wren - 20s - 30s, at times flamboyant and over the top, boisterous and unapologetically gay (at a time when that word wasn’t spoken). He is sometimes child-like, other times neurotic – always different! He is running away from something, but never actually says what it is.
Mrs. Boyle - late 40s - 60s – a hypercritical and formidable woman –a battleship who will stand up to anything and anyone. A snob and a classist, she rarely smiles and is not impressed by much.
Major Metcalf - 40s - 60s – a solider who spent time in India, he should have a military bearing, but Is also approachable and kind.
Miss Casewell - 20s - 30s – a strong young woman, she is off-putting and aloof. She has a very unfeminine manner and bearing, tends to wear men’s clothing and probably has shorter hair. She makes references to a dark and horrible childhood.
Mr. Paravicini - the mystery guest, uses an accent (could be Italian or Eastern European/ Hungarian/Russian) and seems intent on provoking a response from everyone to whom he speaks. There is a twinkle in his eye, but also a rather slimy and not at all charming way with younger women.
Sgt. Trotter - 20s - 30s – a serious young man out to prevent the crime before it happens. Healthy and vigorous, he is Dragnet’s Joe Friday with an English accent.
Monkswell Manor is a recently converted English guesthouse run by a young couple, Mollie and Giles Ralston. Their four guests, Christopher Wren, Mrs Boyle, Major Metcalf, and Miss Casewell all arrive in the midst of a blinding snowstorm. An unexpected fifth party appears, identifying himself in a foreign accent as Mr Paravicini. He tells the Ralstons his car has overturned in a snowdrift. He remarks that the snow has blocked the roads and that the denizens of the house are "trapped.”
The next afternoon, Mollie answers the telephone to Superintendent Hogben of the Berkshire Police. Hogben tells her that he is dispatching Sergeant Trotter to the guest house, and that the Ralstons must listen carefully to what Trotter has to tell them. Trotter appears at the door on a pair of skis and explains he has been sent in regard to the murder of a woman in London. Trotter reveals that a notebook found at the murder scene contained the address of Monkswell Manor and the words "Three Blind Mice." A note reading "This is the First" was pinned to the woman's body. The police have sent Trotter to find out how the Ralstons' guesthouse is connected to the murder, and whether the residents are in danger. All five guests deny any personal knowledge of the case.
As the evening wears on, though, everyone becomes increasingly suspicious of one another. When Mrs Boyle wanders back into the now-empty drawing room, the opening notes of "Three Blind Mice" are heard whistled by an unknown party. Suddenly, the lights go out and a scuffle is heard. Moments later, Mollie walks into the room and turns on the lights, only to find Mrs Boyle dead on the floor.
Ten minutes after Mollie found Mrs Boyle dead of strangulation, Sergeant Trotter has taken charge of the household. Trotter points out that everyone’s lives continue to be in danger; a third murder could very well happen! He insists that everyone tell him exactly where they were when Mrs Boyle was murdered. As each person recounts his or her whereabouts, Trotter takes them to account for inconsistencies or weaknesses in their stories. Finally, he declares that everyone in the house had the opportunity to commit the murder, since each of them was alone at the time. The only way in which he can be sure to find the killer is to have them re-enact what they did just before the murder. In classic Christie style, the murderer is revealed - in a twist that nobody ever sees coming!