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Monday, January 23, 2017

Audition: Open Call for “Murder on the Nile” at Center Players

Center Players, Freehold’s resident theater company, will be holding open auditions for its “Signature Series” presentation of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Nile,” to be directed by Zach Berman and Bernice Garfield-Szita. It will be presented 4/21-5/21/17 at Center Playhouse.


WHAT: Auditions for “Murder on the Nile,” written by Agatha Christie, and directed by Zach Berman and Bernice Garfield-Szita.

WHERE: Center Playhouse, 35 South Street, Freehold, NJ.

WHEN: 4/21-5/21/17

15 performances, Fri & Sat at 8PM and Sun at 2PM

Possible Sat. 2pm performance one weekend, in lieu of Fri. eve

Audition Dates: Sun. Feb. 12th 7-10pm

Mon. Feb. 13th 7-10pm

NEEDED: 8 males: Age Ranges 20s-60s.

5 females: Age Ranges 20s-60s.


(British accent preferred unless otherwise mentioned):

Kay Ridgeway Mostyn (plays 24 years old) A charismatic, rich and spoiled young socialite who leaves all in her path breathless with admiration or disgust.

Simon Mostyn (late 20s-30s) Kay's new husband; good looking, good-tempered with a simple hearty manner, from humble beginnings, determined not to use Kay for her money.

Canon Pennefather (50s-60s) A large imposing clergyman, a self-described “worldly order of the clergy who enjoys the good things in life;” Kay's guardian whom she calls Uncle Ambrose – the sleuth and pivotal detective of the play.

Jacqueline de Severac (plays 24 years old) Simon's ex-fiancé and Kay's best friend; raging with jealousy over Simon and Kay's marriage. Emotional and mercurial, if somewhat fragile.

William Smith (20-30s) An irreverent man who has devoted himself to the causes of the “working man” yet with a sparkle in the eye. A bit dirty and careless about his dress. His voice and dry wit contradict his appearance.

Ms. Christina Grant (20s) Nice sensible girl with an amazingly equable temper. Great-niece of Ms. Ffoliot-ffoulkes, grateful for the adventure on her aunt’s dime.

Ms. Helen Ffoliot-ffoulkes (60s) Unpleasant aging socialite; rude, snobbish and gruff. A believer in the upper and lower classes and that the two should NEVER meet.

Dr. Bessner (late 30s-50s) Bespectacled medical doctor with a marked foreign accent from a small country in Europe (Eastern European); hates Kay's father and blames him for the financial ruin of his country and his family.

Louise (20s-30s) Kay's flirtatious and devious French maid. Speaks fluent French and English with a French accent.

Steward/McNaught (20s-40s) Egyptian steward of the paddle steamer Lotus; sly and humorous character with the opportunity to go beyond what appears on the page, speaks with a strong middle-eastern accent and can speak more clearly when he wants to. Also requires speaking some Arabic.

Beadseller 1 / Beadseller 2 (Any Age) - Egyptian beadsellers are very persistent, pushy, and can be funny.

Synopsis: Simon Mostyn has recently married Kay Ridgeway, a rich woman, after breaking up with his former lover, Jacqueline. The couple is on their honeymoon on a paddle steamer on the Nile, accompanied by a bevy of memorable characters. Among those present are Canon Pennefather, Kay's guardian, and Jacqueline, who has been dogging their footsteps all through the honeymoon. During the voyage Jacqueline works herself into a state of hysteria and shoots at Simon, wounding him in the knee. A few moments later Kay is found shot in her bunk. By the time the boat reaches its destination, Canon Pennefather has laid bare an audacious conspiracy and has made sure the criminals shall not go free.


Headshot and resume if you have them.


Sides from the play will be provided.

      Call Zach Berman 732-216-3374.
Non-union, no pay.

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