Book, Music and Lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert GerlachAdditional music by Ed Linderman
Directed by Margaret Bown
Production dates: 25 – 28 March 2020 at Hartley Village Hall, Ash Road, Hartley DA3 8EL
Rehearsal nights to be agreed with the cast but likely to be Mondays and Wednesdays (plus Sunday 22 March to Tuesday 24 March)
Music rehearsals will be held in December
Full rehearsals start at the beginning of January
Please use the contact form below to let us know that you would like to audition; to read the script and score and to obtain audition pieces. Videos on YouTube give a flavour of the show and the music.
You do not need to be a member of Hartley Players to audition but, if you are successful, you will need to become a member (£15 p.a.)
Auditionees for singing roles will be required to demonstrate their ability and range at the audition.
The audition piece will be Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. However, if you don’t know this and would like to sing your own choice of song, please either bring a backing track (and suitable audio device) or sheet music (but please be understanding as the Musical Director will not have seen it in advance).
Some of the songs require harmony but how much we do will depend on who is in the cast.
We should be able to transpose some of the songs if they are in totally unsuitable keys.
Three of the roles (Colonel, Doctor and Clive) are only in the company numbers. They have a few solo lines but, if non-singers are cast in these roles, their lines could be spoken.
This hilarious musical is a send-up of Agatha Christie style detective stories (especially her detective novel And Then There Were None) and musical styles of past years. Ten people are stranded in the isolated English country estate of Lord Rancour, deceased, during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they are picked off by cleverly fiendish devices. The bodies begin to pile up in the library as the survivors frantically race to discover the identity and motivation of the cunning culprit.
Characters/playing ages/musical numbers:
The three main parts are Miss Tweed, Hope and Geoffrey.
The sooner a character gets bumped off – the smaller the part. Everyone except Geoffrey is on stage at the beginning of the play.
In rough order of size of role, starting with the smallest:
- Clive the butler (probably middle aged or older)
- A Marvellous Weekend
- Doctor Grayburn (“proper”; family doctor; probably middle aged or older; male (female if necessary)
- A Marvellous Weekend; Something’s Afoot
- Lady Manley Prowe (aristocrat; middle aged or older)
- A Marvellous Weekend; Something’s Afoot; Carry On; The Man With the Ginger Moustache; Suspicious
- Nigel (black sheep nephew (niece if necessary)); preferably no more than young middle age but nephews/nieces aren’t necessarily young as it depends how old the parents were in relation to Lord Rancour.
- A Marvellous Weekend; Something’s Afoot; Suspicious; The Legal Heir
- Colonel Gillweather (middle aged or older)
- A Marvellous Weekend; Something’s Afoot; Suspicious
- Lettie (saucy Cockney maid; any age but no older than Flint)
- A Marvellous Weekend; Something’s Afoot; Carry On; Suspicious; Dinghy
- Flint (the randy handyman; any age but fancies Lettie – and most things in a skirt)
- A Marvellous Weekend; Something’s Afoot; Suspicious; Dinghy
- Geoffrey (the “juvenile”; young)
- I Don’t Know Why I Trust You; Suspicious; I Owe it All; New Day
- Miss Tweed (amateur detective; spinster; middle-aged or older)
- A Marvellous Weekend; Something’s Afoot; Carry On; Suspicious; I Owe it All
- Hope (the “ingenue”; young)
- A Marvellous Weekend; Something’s Afoot; Carry On; I Don’t Know Why I Trust You; Suspicious; You Fell Out of the Sky; I Owe it All; New Day