Auditions

 Something’s Afoot

Book, Music and Lyrics by
James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach
Additional Music by Ed Linderman

Directed by Steve Lajoie and Jim Webber

INFO NIGHT: February 20th at 7:00 pm

Auditions: Sunday Feb 24th and Monday Feb 25th at 7:00 pm

Callbacks (if needed): Wednesday Feb 27th 

Auditions for the Players’ spring musical “Something’s Afoot” will take place Sunday and Monday, February 24 and 25 at 7:00 pm at the Players’ Studio, 435 Josiah Bartlett Road in Concord, NH. Call backs, if necessary will be on Wednesday February 27 at 7:00 pm. Performances will be the first weekend in May, the 3rd, 4th and 5th and rehearsals will generally be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in March and April.

The auditions will include singing, some simple movement, and readings from the script. For the singing actors should prepare a 32 bar song.  Musical director Tim Goss prefers people use a musical theatre song from the 1970’s or later (not something from the “golden age” of musicals.)  Choreographer Nora Burnett will teach a simple dance routine to be performed in small groups. Sides will be provided at the auditions; prepared monologues are not required.

 “Something’s Afoot” is a spoof of detective stories, mainly the works of Agatha Christie, and especially her detective novel “And Then There Were None” which used to be called “Ten Little Indians”, but that’s another story (Google it!). The show premiered on Broadway in 1976 but has never been produced by the Players. The story revolves around a group of people who are invited to the island estate of Lord Dudley Rancor where a storm wipes out the bridge and traps them. When the wealthy lord is found dead, it’s a race against the clock to find out whodunit as one by one they are killed by the house (spoiler alert – by the end of the show the entire cast has been dispatched in diabolically clever and very humorous fashion).

In general, the music is not complicated, and the songs consist of several group numbers and featured songs for many of the characters. The dancing is not elaborate, there are a few group dance numbers and especially Nigel, Lettie, Flint, Hope and Geoffrey will need to move well. Unfortunately, there is no cast album available.

The cast of 10 (as in the little Indians mentioned above) is a set of British stock characters typically found in the works of Agatha Christie. They include (and again feel free to Google the references!):

Lettie “The Saucy Maid” – think a young Hazel – Lettie is anywhere from 20 to 35 and is a cockney young lady who attracts the unwanted attention of Nigel and Flint (among others) but holds her own with all “suitors”. Lettie sings in group numbers only (although she has individual lines in the songs), does some dancing in group numbers and lasts into the second act before being sucked into a giant Ming vase. She also sings and dances with Flint.

Flint “The caretaker” – think Schneider from One Day at a Time –  Flint is anywhere from 45 to 75 and is the crusty caretaker who is (not very affectionately) referred to as the gripper due to his penchant for pinching lady’s bottoms when they are not keeping a close eye on him. Flint has a featured song “I’ve got a teeny little dinghy” (double entendre obvious) and lasts into the second act before being blown up in an accidental gas explosion.

Clive “The fussy butler” – think Jeeves – Jeeves is anywhere from 40 to 70, the stuffy butler who, alas is the first to die when he is blown up.  He does almost no singing or dancing, appearing only in the opening number before his untimely demise. Since he is blown up on the staircase he should be athletic/flexible enough to fall convincingly.

Hope Langdon “The Ingénue” – think Audrey in “Little Shop” (the girl not the plant) – Hope is in her 20’s and is the female romantic lead. She is sweet and innocent and falls in love with Geoffrey.  She is in all the group numbers and has one solo and several duets/small group numbers.  She needs to be able to dance. She is one of the last to die when she accidentally drinks poison meant for Flint

Dr. Grayburn “The family doctor” – think Star Trek’s Bones (yes, I mean the REAL Star Trek) – Dr. Grayburn is anywhere from 50 to 70 and is the country doctor.  He is the second to die (about half way through the first act) when he is gassed through a fake telephone. He has only has minimal group singing and very little dancing.

Nigel Rancour “The black sheep nephew” – think a young Snidely Whiplash – Nigel is in his 30’s and is the ne’er-do-well nephew who is angling to steal the inheritance he believes is rightly his. Nigel is knocked off in the second act. He sings several group songs and has a solo in which he hits an incredibly high note at the end at which point a giant candelabra bonks him on the head and kills him. He needs to move well.

Lady Grace Manley-Prowe “The Grande Dame” – think Maggie Smith in anything – Lady Grace is in her 50’s and is the ex-wife of Lord Rancor and Hope’s mother (although no-one, not even Lady Grace, knows this). She is in several group numbers and has a solo before she is electrocuted to end the first act. She should move well.

Colonel Gillweather “The old army man” – think Colonel Mustard from Clue – The Colonel is 65 to 75 and is genial if somewhat bewildered, he may have had to many knocks to the head during his military service. He sings in group numbers and with Lady Grace and should be able to move, although dancing is not required. The Colonel dies early in the second act when he is struck by a poison dart fired from a blow gun by a pygmy (don’t ask, it makes as much sense as anything else).

Miss Tweed “The tweedy, elderly amateur detective” – think Jessica Fletcher or Miss Marple – Miss Tweed is 55 to 65 and thinks she is quite the amateur detective (she’s not nearly as good as she thinks), although she does manage to last until almost the end of the show when she is hanged by her own scarf. She is featured in all the group numbers and has solos/duets.  She should be able to dance well.

Geoffrey “The juvenile; the uninvited guest” think Ritchie Cunningham – Geoffrey is in his 20’s and is the male romantic lead. He, (like Hope) is sweet and innocent and falls in love with Hope.  He is in most of the group numbers and has several duets/small group numbers.  He needs to be able to dance. He (again, like Hope) is one of the last to die when he accidentally drinks poison meant for Flint.

If you have questions, please contact Steve Lajoie at steve03229@aol.com or (603) 731-3216.