“A Murder is Announced ” Auditions

by Agatha Christie
adapted by Leslie Darbon
directed by Brian Joyce


The safety of TRP artists, staff, volunteers, and patrons is of the utmost importance to us. Rehearsals and performance will be in-person, indoors. All cast members must be fully vaccinated. During rehearsals, all who are not actively rehearsing will be masked. During performances, any support crew will be masked. TRP will continue to monitor vaccination rates and positivity rates in the metro area and will proceed with this project informed by guidance from Federal, State, CDC and industry guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all.

Weekends November 19 thru December 19, 2021 (15 performances)

Readings from the script (see sides below)

Monday August 23 and Tuesday August 24, 2021
7:00pm to 9:00pm at Theatre in the Round – doors will open at 6:30
Please bring a resume and headshot.
Masks are required.  We ask you to observe social distancing while in the building, and remain masked until you begin your audition. Director, stage manager, and audition monitors will all be masked.)


Date and time will be available at auditions

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.

Except as noted, roles are open to actors of all identities – racial, ethnic, sexual, gender – and no roles assume the presence or absence of disability.

All characters (other than Mitzi and Scherz) will require a British dialect.

JULIA SIMMONS (F – early 20s) a pleasant, but sarcastic young woman staying at her cousin’s house with her equally caustic brother

LETITIA BLACKLOCK (F – 50s-70s) an older woman, calm, collected, and a soothing influence to all

DORA BUNNER (F – 60s-80s) Letitia’s oldest friend, somewhat dotty and confused, but with a wicked streak

PATRICK SIMMONS (M – 20s-30s) Julia’s older brother; witty, sarcastic — a man of thoughts, not action

MITZI (F – 20s-60s) the eccentric, excitable, paranoid middle-European  cook. Dialect to be decided during rehearsal

MISS MARPLE (F – 40s-60s) Letitia’s neighbor and amateur sleuth; quiet but very perceptive

PHILLIPA HAYMES (F – 20s-30s) Letitia’s mysterious boarder; secretive, and somewhat aggressive

MRS. SWETTENHAM (F – 40s-60s) another neighbor; snobby and nosey

EDMUND SWETTENHAM (M – 20s-40s) Mrs. Swettenham’s privileged son; condescending upper-class type

RUDI SCHERZ (M – 20s-50s) the mysterious stranger; heavy, unrecognizable accent. Dialect to be determined during rehearsal

INSPECTOR CRADDOCK (M – 30s-60s) the police inspector

SERGEANT MELLORS (M – 20s-40s) Craddock’s cohort

Side 1:  Julia and Miss Blacklock

Side 2:  Miss Blacklock;  Mitzi;  Bunny
Side 3:  Miss Marple; Craddock; Mitzi
Side 4:  Julia; Patrick; Craddock; Miss Blacklock
Side 5:  Phillipa; Craddock