And Then There Were None Auditions

Director Joel Murphy will be holding auditions for Aurora Players’ March 2018 production of And Then There Were None. Scripted sides will be provided for those who audition. There will be no need to prepare Monologues. Rehearsals for the show will commence Tuesday January 16th through March 7th, meeting Mondays-Fridays 7p.m.-9:30ish. Please bring a list of all potential conflicts (Please also include any conflicts that may fall on Saturdays in February, as they will be TBD rehearsal dates).

Auditions Dates
Monday, November 27th, and Tuesday, November 28th, 7pm at the Roycroft Pavilion, with possible call backs on Wednesday, November 29th, at 7pm.

Below are links to the audition form and information specific to this show. Copies of both will also be available at auditions.
Audition Form
Show Information

Mandatory Dates
Monday, January 8 Read Through (depending on submitted conflicts, this date can be flexible)
Tuesday, January 16 First Rehearsal, (Entire Cast Needed)
Saturday, March 3 Tech Rehearsal
Wednesday, March 7 Last Rehearsal, (with audience)

March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25
(Friday & Saturday Shows will be at 8pm, Sunday Shows at 2:30)

Show Synopsis
Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past that will seal their fate, for each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, one by one they are murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. As one of Agatha Christie’s darkest tales, a masterpiece of dramatic construction, its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension will keep you guessing to the very end.

Coming from a film & animation background, it wasn’t until after college when Joel Murphy realized theater could serve as a platform for his creative visions. While acting in the production of Grease Joel was inspired by the directing decisions of David Hall. Joel went on to Assistant Direct with David in Lancaster Regional Player’s “Boys Next Door,”. Joel then directed Lancaster Regional Player’s “The Foreigner,” assistant directed Aurora Player’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” and co-directed Lancaster Regional Player’s & “Dracula.” This will be Joel’s Directorial Debut with Aurora Players, and he is excited to share the experience with you.

Character Descriptions

VERA CLAYTHORNE (female, aged 20s‐30s) An attractive young modern 1920s girl, she is lured to Soldier Island under the false promise of employment as a Secretary. This is of course after she left her previous job as a governess, where a young boy died in her care. Appearing kind, romantic, and somewhat naïve, she is full of life and spirit. Vera is flirtatious and sweet toward other guests which Phillip Lombard is quick to pick up on. (English accent. Must be willing to cut hair short -20s flapper hair style)

PHILLIP LOMBARD (male, age late 20s‐ young 40s) A handsome adventurer with an air of supreme confidence, who has seen much of the world. Despite the grisly murders taking place around him, he is extremely laid back, constantly cracking jokes in an attempt to lighten the mood on Soldier Island. His demeanor easily distracts from his dark past as a mercenary soldier in Africa, where he abandoned 21 men to their death, while he saved himself. He and Vera develop a flirtatious relationship. (English accent)

WILLIAM BLORE (male, 40s‐60s) A Detective who believes he has been invited to the island simply to observe the other guests. He is a loud, bold man, frequently taking the lead to unravel the mystery that surrounds them; used to be a police inspector. He’s smart, but more of a doer than a thinker. Suspicious and sharp eyed. During his career he was corrupted and bribed by a gang. (English working class, or Scottish accent)

SIR LAWRENCE WARGRAVE (male, late 40s‐60s) A renowned Judge who has recently retired from the bench, he is an intelligent, methodical older man with a commanding personality. Wargrave’s experience and air of authority make him a natural leader for the guests, when it becomes apparent there is a murderer on the loose. Accused of convicting an innocent man to hang for a crime he did not commit. (English accent)

DR. ARMSTRONG (male, 40s‐60s) A kind, timid Doctor specializing in nervous conditions, is intelligent, but easily led. A recovering alcoholic, accused of killing a patient while operating drunk, he has come to Soldier Island to escape the stress of his occupation. Like all other guests on Soldier Island, he is haunted by his dark past. (English accent)

EMILY BRENT (female, 40s‐70s) An upper-class woman of traditional Victorian reservation, taking a holiday on Soldier Island. She is quite religious, and uses her beliefs to justify her treatment of other guests. After firing her former housemaid, whom she learned was pregnant out of wedlock, the maid killed herself. Emily is still convinced she did the right thing. (Upper Class English accent)

GENERAL MACKENZIE (male, 50s‐70s) A retired general who, though still proud, comes across as senile at times, losing his grip on reality. A soldierly older man with a gentle, tired face, like all others is plagued by his past. He is accused of purposefully sending a lieutenant, who may have been his wife’s love affair, to their death during the war. (English accent)

THOMAS ROGERS (male, Older than 30, slightly older than Mrs. Rogers) A butler who works alongside his wife, Ethel, to take care of the guests on Soldier Island. He comes across to the guests as dignified and dutiful, but when their backs are turned, his behavior is shady and disrespectful. He and his wife, Ethel, are accused of having murdered their former employer for the inheritance. (Cockney accent)

ETHEL ROGERS (female, Older than 30, slightly younger than Mr. Rogers) A cook who works alongside her husband, Thomas Rogers, to take care of the guests on Soldier Island. She is a nervous woman, and when she thinks guests are not listening, can be a bit of a gossip. She is accused of being her husband’s accomplice in the murder of their last employer. (Cockney accent)

ANTHONY MARSTON (male, early 20’s) Young, handsome, rich, thrill-seeking, entitled, and spoiled man who loves fast cars, and a good time. He is quite self-involved, loves to show off and has little regard for those who cannot directly benefit him. His reckless driving led to the death of two young children, an event for which he shows far too little remorse. (English accent)

FRED NARRACOTT (male, 20s‐70s) A boatman who brings supplies/groceries to the guests on Soldier Island. He appears onstage at the beginning of the play and is mentioned throughout as the other characters wait for him to arrive with more supplies. (Gruff Cockney/lower class English accent)