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Hit stage with cover band or murder-mystery play

Auditions for singers, actors in Holly Theater productions

POSTED: June 19, 2013 6:45 p.m.

The Holly Theater is in search of singers and actors for its next productions — Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap” and Holly and the Heartbreakers — in July and August.

Auditions for singers for the cover band Holly and the Heartbreakers will be 7-10 p.m. July 10 at Holly Theater. Email Leigh Ann Cannady at leighannmusic@gmail.com to sign up for an audition.

Singers need to come with a prepared song from the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s and bring sheet music or an accompaniment CD. No a capella auditions will be allowed.

Rehearsals will be July 18 and 31 and Aug. 6 and 17. Rehearsal location will be determined at a later date. The performance will be Aug. 17 for the Annual Holly Gala.

Auditions for Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap” will be 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, and 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the Holly Theater. Callback auditions will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

Rehearsals will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Holly Theater on the main stage or in the black box theater. Occasionally, a Saturday morning or Tuesday evening rehearsal will occur, but most rehearsals will be limited to three rehearsals per week starting Aug. 5.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script with others who are auditioning and some simple improvisation exercises. People who audition may prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue. A headshot and acting resume will be accepted, but is not required.

To audition, contact director Bruce Pilgrim to arrange an audition time at brucepilgrim@hotmail.com or 706-344-2138.

Characters needed for the play are five men and three women.

“Mousetrap” is about a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer.

Suspects include a newly married couple, the Ralstons, who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage.

Other suspects are a spinster, Miss Casewell, with a curious background; an architect, Mr. Wren, who seems better equipped to be a chef; a retired Army major, Maj. Metcalf; and a strange man, Mr. Paravacini, who claims his car has overturned in a snow drift. Another character, Mrs. Boyle, is a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone.

Into their midst comes a policeman, Sgt. Trotter, who arrives on skis. He no sooner arrives when the jurist is killed. To get to the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons.


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