Who Killed Candy Sweetness is a murder mystery, set in a radio-ballroom in the late 1930's. We will be fitting out the octagonal room at the Maylands Peninsula Sports & Rec Centre to look as authentic as possible.
The Peninsula Ballroom is the home of Smoothy McGroovy and his orchestra, who are broadcast on Radio WRX and affiliated stations. They are welcoming Candy Sweetness back after her tour of the states.
But Candy is found dead. Murdered.
From the audience, Detective Robert Soxx jumps up, locks the place down and commences investigating the crime, ably assisted by Hilda Helgenbrauer, who has been brought out for a fancy dinner by her boss, Lonegan Megabucks, who has wicked intentions towards her...
So, who killed Candy? Was it Smoothy? Or Lonegan? Could it have been Laila Witmie, Candy's understudy? Perhaps one of the singing Schless sisters - Bess, Tess or Jess? Could it have been the long suffering stage manager, Andy Feller? Or Diggs & Shadowbolt - the irreverent, drinking and gambling comedy duo? Could it have been one of the waiters? Or the Maitre d? Or even the chef?
Audience members will find themselves caught up in the investigation, and may even find themselves a suspect, in this dinner-theatre production.
Actors will be required to commit some time to set building or painting, costuming, bump in and out, dishwashing, food prep etc. as needed - as this is a profit-share production, everyone will need to pitch in!
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD:
Monday 23 July 2012 from 7pm
Wednesday 25 July 2012 from 7pm
Sunday 29 July 2012 from 1pm
at the Maylands Peninsula Sports & Rec Centre, 50 Clarkson Road, Maylands
Rehearsals will be Thursday nights and Sundays, between 2 August and 3 October 2012.
Performances will be:
Friday 5 October 2012
Saturday 6 October, 2012
Wednesday 10 October, 2012
Friday 12 October, 2012
Saturday 13 October, 2012
Thursday 18 October, 2012
Friday 19 October, 2012
Saturday 20 October, 2012
Auditionees will need to perform a short comedy monologue, and if auditioning for a singing role, need to present a song from the era (think Andrews Sisters). You will need to provide backing tape or sing unaccompanied.
Hilda Helgenbrauer - Female, 18 to 24 - Pretty, young and innocent, but smart.
Lonegan Megabucks - Male, 40+ - Rich, cynical and lecherous.
Smoothy McGroovy - Male, 25 to 40 - Slick ladies man, but underneath, he's a nice guy. Would be good if you could play trumpet, trombone, clarinet or something similar, but not strictly necessary.
Andy Feller - Male, 50+ - Long-suffering, worn out but always on the go Stage Manager
Laila Witmie - Female, 18 to 30 - Beautiful and completely tone deaf. Switches from lady to tramp. If auditioning for Laila, you will be required to demonstrate how you can 'not' sing.
Jess Schless - Female, 18 to 30 - Three-part sisters singing group, like the Andrews Sisters. Youngest sister - must be able to sing harmonies, but also has a solo
Tess Schless - Female, 25 to 40 - Middle sister - must be able to sing harmonies
Bess Schless - Female, 25 to 40 - Oldest sister - must be able to sing harmonies
Diggs - Age and Gender Open - never serious, drinking and gambling mad, must have good improv skills.
Shadowbolt - Age and Gender Open - never serious, drinking and gambling mad, must have good improv skills.
Robert Soxx - Male, 30 to 50 - Serious and committed police detective. Likes the look of Hilda. Needs good improv skills.
Maitre D - Male, 40+ - No lines in the script. Will be performing 'front of house' duties. Rushed off his feet, he is overly deferential to guests, while being a bit of a bully to the waiters. Very good improv skills required.
Waiters 1, 2 & 3 - Male, Age open - No lines in the script. Will be performing 'waiting' duties and will need excellent improv skills as will be circulating in the audience and will be required to help suspend reality, and make audience believe they are in a 1930's ballroom.
Cigarette Girls/Waiters 4 & 5 - Age and Gender open - No lines in the script. Will be performing 'waiting' duties and will need excellent improv skills as will be circulating in the audience and will be required to help suspend reality, and make audience believe they are in a 1930's ballroom.
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