Auditions - Theatre Ancaster’s 2019 Firehall Show

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Theatre Ancaster is proud to announce upcoming auditions for its 2019 Firehall show The Mousetrap.

The Mousetrap is a murder mystery written by renowned author Agatha Christie. It tells the story of a group of strangers, trapped at a snowed in at Monkswell Manor; a boarding house in rural England. One of the visitors to the house is a murderer, but no one knows who. A detective arrives to solve the mystery!

The Mousetrap holds the distinction of being the longest running play in history – it opened in London’s West end in 1952 and is still running today!

This should truly be a fun show to do and audiences will love trying to solve the mystery as the story unfolds.

Notes:
This is a play, not a musical. No singing or dance is required.
This is a non-paying, amateur theatre position. #doingitbecauseIloveit!

Audition Dates

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Possible callbacks if needed:

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at the [former] Ancaster Memorial School Building, 357 Wilson St. E, Ancaster, ON L9G 2C1 [Enter at the rear of the building via Sulphur Springs Road and Queen St.]

To arrange a time, please email: auditions@theatreancaster.com to set up a time in a 10-minute block.  Please come 15 minutes early to your scheduled audition time to be able to complete any paperwork needed before beginning.

Please note that we may record any and all of the audition process to review.

The Characters

Mollie Ralston – Co-Owner of the new boarding house. A young woman with an ingenuous air.
Giles Ralston – Co-Owner of the boarding house. A touch arrogant.
Christopher Wren – A wild-looking neurotic young man. He has a confiding, almost childish manner.
Mrs. Boyle – An imposing woman with big presence.
Major Metcalf – A square-shouldered man. He is very military in manner and bearing.
Miss Casewell – A young woman with a forceful way about her.
Mr. Paravicini – A mysterious, foreign visitor to the guest house.
Detective Sergeant Trotter – The detective who arrives on the scene. Cheerful and a ‘regular Joe’.

About The Characters

The play, as written, calls for Molly, Giles, Miss Casewell, Christopher and Trotter to be somewhere in their twenties. Ideally, we’d like to be true to this but are willing to stretch this if it will serve us well. Mrs. Boyle, Paravicini and Major Metcalf should be somewhat more…mature.

Audition Pieces

We would like everyone auditioning to become familiar with the sides posted here that pertain to the character(s) for whom you’d would like to audition. It is not necessary to memorize the material. Someone will be available to read the scene with you. Please see list below:

Mollie - Sides A, B, G, H, I
Mrs. Boyle - Sides B, D
Christopher Wren - Side A, H
Giles - Side B, I
Paravicini - Side C, E
Major Metcalf - Side D, K
Miss Casewell - Side F, J
Detective Sgt. Trotter - Side G, J, K

Please note – It is possible that we ask to hear you read something from one of the other characters at your audition, so feel free to skim through the others ahead of time and become familiar with everyone in the manor house!

Performance Dates

September 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30pm
September 15 and 22 at 2pm

Production Information

The show will be rehearsed and performed at The Old Firehall Performing Arts Centre, 334 Wilson St. E, Ancaster, ON L9G 2C2

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will begin July 14 and take place throughout August and early September. We will rehearse Sunday afternoons from 1-5 pm, as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10 pm. (Times may be tweaked at a later date.)

All cast are expected to be available every evening during tech week, which will run from Tuesday September 10 until opening on Friday September 13 (yes, our murder mystery opens on Friday the 13th!).

Your Mousetrap Audition & Production Team

Director: Bob Carle
Producer: Colin Lapsley
Stage Manager: Angela Broadley

Any questions? Please email auditions@theatreancaster.com