Auditions – “Murder on the Orient Express”

Murder on the Orient Express

Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Based on the novel by Agatha Christie

Production Team

Director:  Micky Shearon
Assistant Director:  Rodney Hudson
Stage Manager:  Whitney Shearon

Performances

October 28 – November 13, 2022

Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm

Rehearsals

  • Rehearsals will begin Monday, September 26, 2022.
  • Typically, rehearsals will be Mondays-Thursdays from 7-10pm and Saturdays from 9am-12pm.
  • Tech Week rehearsals on October 24-27, 2022, will be Monday-Thursday from 6-10pm.
  • There may be a Q2Q rehearsal on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Benefits

  • Limited actor stipends are available for specific roles; stipends typically range from $100-$400.
  • An allotment of comp tickets is available for family and friends.
  • Housing is available upon request.

COVID-19 Protocols

Granbury Theatre Company employs a COVID-19 mitigation officer. Depending on community transmission levels, protocols may include all cast and crew members wearing a mask at all times during rehearsals (during tech week, masks may be removed while performing). COVID-19 testing may be required weekly or more frequently, if necessary for all unvaccinated (or in need of a booster) cast/crew and for any vaccinated cast/crew experiencing symptoms.

Due to supply issues, cast/crew members may be required to supply their own COVID-19 tests.

Video Auditions

Please complete this Google Form by Friday, September 9, 2022, at 11:59pm.

https://forms.gle/cMvHd55JQaiuqXbZ6

Please submit a video file of you performing audition sides (available below).

You will need to upload a headshot and acting resume in addition to your video file.

This is a simplified version of the usual GTC audition form. You will complete a longer form if you are selected for callbacks.

 

Callbacks

If needed and by invitation only

Monday, September 12, 2022 – 7-10pm
GTC Studio 1301 (1301 W. Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas 76048)

PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

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.

“Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
www.concordtheatricals.com

CHARACTER LISTING

HERCULE POIROT
MONSIEUR BOUC
MARY DEBENHAM
HECTOR MACQUEEN
MICHEL THE CONDUCTOR
PRINCESS DRAGOMIROFF
GRETA OHLSSON
COUNTESS ANDRENYI
HELEN HUBBARD
COLONEL ARBUTHNOT
SAMUEL RATCHETT (may double with Colonel Arbuthnot)
HEAD WAITER (may with Michel the Conductor)

AUDITION SIDES

Please choose TWO different character monologues to perform for your audition. Memorizing your monologues is not required, but certainly recommended. Many of these characters speak with an accent. Accents are challenging, and no one is expecting you to have a perfect accent at your first audition. However, you are strongly encouraged to give it your best shot!

 
POIROT (Belgian / French accent)
From the beginning it was an odyssey of deception and trickery. One minute, I could see the light, like the beam of a train engine hurtling past. The next minute, all was darkness and the thread that I pulled came away in my fingers and led to nothing. I believe it was the greatest case of my career, but who am I to say? Modesty forbids it. It was certainly the most difficult I have ever encountered, and it made me question the very deepest values that I have held since I was a young man.
 
BOUC (Belgian / French accent)
Monsieur Poirot! It is not a mere train that will carry you tonight, it is a legend. It runs like no other vehicle on the earth. The fittings are from Paris, the paneling; Venice, the plates are from Rome and the taps are from New York. The best food, the best beds, the best pillows, the best feathers inside the pillows. It is poetry on wheels, and Lord Byron himself could not write it better. Monsieur, prepare yourself. In one hour, I will meet you on the platform of the Orient Express.
 
MRS. HUBBARD (American accent)
Mrs. Helen Caroline Peabody-Wolfson-Van Pelt-Hubbard, if you please, from the beautiful garden state of Minnesota. Mr. Peabody, my first husband, was a very good soul but the poor man had no talent for longevity, and I shouldn’t say poor because he did very nicely for himself, thank you very much. My second husband was a Mr. Wolfson who I loved dearly, but he loved a lot of women and so I traded up and got a Van Pelt, but I caught him in bed with that redhead from the Waldorf who did his nails. Then at last I found Mr. Hubbard and I call him my little white knight for saving me from a life of bridge games and watery cocktails at the Minneapolis Country Club.
 
RATCHETT (American accent)
Mr. Poirot, I’d like to discuss that proposition I mentioned. I want you to take on a job for me because I’m talkin’ big money here. I have an enemy. I’ve been getting some threatening letters lately and I want an extra pair of eyes to do some snoopin’ around. And that’s what you do, am I right? Snoopin’? Of course I can take care of myself but I’ll pay you five thousand dollars. How does that sound?
 
GRETA (Swedish accent)
I have to confess to you Princess, that I am not liking trains since I am little girl. They are feeling very tight to me, like clothing that is made wrong size. I am also not liking the strangers and the clickety-clackety. But ve vill be sitting next to each other, ja? That part is good. In Africa once I am on a train and there is noise and crying and animals. And I look up from my book and sitting there next to me, right on the seat, is a very old goat! Is true. Old goat! He is like my companion. And on this trip that we are taking together right now, I think it will not be so different, ja?
 
PRINCESS (Russian accent)
No, my dear, his name is Bruno Cassetti, and what I pray is that his soul is damned and that he burns in hell for all eternity. He murdered a little girl named Daisy Armstrong and her grandmother is my dearest friend. You know her as the actress Linda Arden. And when her five year old granddaughter was murdered by this monster Cassetti, it took her years to recover, indeed she has not yet recovered! And it wasn’t just that sweet little girl that was taken from us. First little Daisy, and then her mother, who was pregnant, died in childbirth, and the baby died too. And the little girl’s father, Colonel Armstrong, who could not live with what happened and ended his own life. There is no forgiveness in a case like this. That Mr. Cassetti should have been flogged to death and his remains cut up and thrown onto a rubbish heap!
 
MACQUEEN (American accent)
My father was the District Attorney for the state of New York and he brought the case against that … son of a bitch. I’m sorry, but you have no idea what he did to that family. And they were so kind to me. And there was a governess and a baby nurse, and then poor Suzanne. She was a French housemaid – she came from Paris – and my father’s office thought she might be implicated, and … and she was so distraught from the accusations that she – she killed herself. Only it turned out that she was innocent. My father was shattered. He never recovered.
 
MARY (British accent)
I only caught a glimpse of him. He was in a kind of uniform. But I may have imagined it. I woke up this morning feeling disoriented, as though I’d been drugged or something, and I had this splitting headache. So I looked through my suitcase for some aspirin, but I didn’t have any. So then I stumbled out of the room and I saw that Mrs. Hubbard’s door was ajar. I called to her but she wasn’t there and then – I know I shouldn’t have – but I went into her room. My head was splitting open by this time and I wasn’t thinking straight – so I looked for some aspirin in Mrs. Hubbard’s makeup bag. And there was this knife and it was covered with blood! I was frightened when I saw the knife and I must have backed into Mr. Ratchett’s room, and then I turned and saw the body on the bed with all the blood and the wounds, and I – I screamed, and then I saw the man and the gun and that’s all I remember!
 
ARBUTHNOT (Scottish accent)
I’m married! All right?! I’m in the process of getting a divorce – which I deserve because my wife is seeing another man – but I’ll lose my case in court if it’s known that I’m seeing a woman socially. When the divorce is behind us we can stop hiding, which is why we’ve been trying to keep things private, no thanks to you! Some of us have emotions, Poirot! I’m sure you’d sacrifice your own mother if it led you to one of your damn solutions, and I don’t think you know what the hell you’re doing.
 
COUNTESS (Hungarian accent)
But I didn’t kill him! I should have but I didn’t! I didn’t even know who he was until you discovered it. But then I realized that if you knew who I was, you would think that I killed him because he was a blackmailer. And a swine! And the murderer of a darling, sweet, innocent, child who deserved to live! It’s the truth, I swear to God! But I’ll tell you this; if I had known who he was – that he was Bruno Cassetti – the man who stole two of the people I loved most in this world – I would have pushed the dagger through his chest myself, and believe me, no other woulds would have been necessary!