WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Rachael Redler
OPEN CALL AUDITIONS
- Monday, November 27th from 7pm - 9pm
- Tuesday, November 28th from 7pm - 9pm
- Saturday, December 2nd from 2pm - 4pm
Auditions will be held at Prairie Baptist Church, 75th and Roe Blvd. in Prairie Village, KS, in the Fellowship Hall (lower level entrance).
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
When you arrive at the church, please park in the north parking lot. There will be signs to direct you to the proper building entrance.
EXPECTATION and PREPARATION:
Please provide a headshot and resume (if available). Auditions will be an open call and will consist of cold readings from the script with other auditioners. List of any known rehearsal conflicts from December 10th – January 11th. If you are unable to attend open call auditions callbacks, or have previously worked with this director and wish to express an interest in attending, please reach out to her at RachaelRedler@gmail.com
Invited Callbacks will be held on Sunday, December 3rd from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Prairie Baptist Church.
Rehearsals will begin Sunday, December 10th at Prairie Baptist Church. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday afternoons from 1:30pm – 4:30pm and Monday - Thursday nights from 7 – 10pm. The schedule will work around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week. The show will move into the Black Box @The Arts & Heritage Center on Sunday, January 14th for five rehearsals (Load-In, Tech and Dress).
January 19 - 28
WEEK ONE - Friday, Saturday & Monday (Industry Night) @7:30pm and Sunday @2pm
WEEK TWO - Thursday, Friday & Saturday @7:30pm and Sunday @2p
All performances will take place in The Black Box Theatre @The Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park, Kansas
Leonard Vole stands accused of murdering a rich widow. The stakes are high with shocking witness testimony, impassioned outbursts from the dock and a young man’s fight to escape the hangman’s noose. Generally regarded as one of Christie’s most accomplished plays, this suspenseful thriller keeps audiences guessing until the very end.
We strongly encourage auditions for Principal Roles from artists who self-identify as Black, White, Asian, Indigenous, Latino or Multi-Ethnic and we encourage actors to indicate interest in any roles that fit their gender identity at auditions.
Age ranges are not meant to eliminate any performer from consideration for a role, but merely to provide a general guideline for each character.
- Sir Wilfred Robarts (Male; 40s – 60s)
- One of the premier barristers in England, he has an outstanding record in court and a keen sense of observation. Well regarded for his sound judgment and reasoning. Upper class British accent.
- Romaine (Female; Late 30s – 40s)
- The foreign-born wife of Leonard Vole. At times serious and reserved, passionate and bold, she appears to be unshaken by Leonard’s arrest and trial. Requires a German or eastern European accent as well as a Cockney accent.
- Leonard Vole (Male; Early 30s – 40s)
- A very likable young man, friendly and engaging. He is genuinely perplexed by the situation that he finds himself in. Lower class British accent.
- Mayhew (30s - 50s)
- Vole’s solicitor. Shrewd and rather dry and precise, he/she is well respected in legal circles for his/her diligence and commitment to clients. British accent.
- Myers (40s – 60s)
- The prosecuting barrister, Myers is one of Sir Wilfrid’s most loathsome opponents. A starchy, confident, and self-important prosecuting attorney for the Crown. Upper class British accent.
- Carter (20s – 40s)
- The junior solicitor/clerk for Sir Wilfred. Likable, diligent, up-and-coming law clerk who is eager to please. Upper class British accent.
- Greta or Gregory (Early 20s – 30s)
- The secretary/typist for Sir Wilfred. Adenoidal and very sure of opinions but not particularly attentive to details. Lower class British accent.
- Janet McKenzie (Female; 40s – 60s)
- The dour, spinsterly housekeeper for the murder victim. She is opinionated but caring, making no secret of whom she likes or dislikes. Scottish accent.
- Justice Wainwright (50s - 70s)
- Stern and respectable, the Justice presides over the case.
- Inspector Hearn (40s - 60s)
- The police officer who provides most of the prosecution evidence. Rather humorless and officious and proud of serving the law. Generic or regional British accent.
- Clegg (30s - 60s)
- An assistant in the forensic lab at New Scotland Yard who provides evidence about bloodstains found on Leonard’s clothing. Generic or regional British accent.
- Dr. Wyatt (30s-60s)
- A police surgeon who testifies in the case. British accent.
- Clerk of the Court (20s-60s)
- Keeps things moving in the courtroom. British accent.
- Police Officer(s) (20s-60s)
- Present at Leonard’s arrest and in the courtroom. Generic or regional British accent. Note: available as a speaking and non-speaking role
- The Other Woman (Female; Early 20s - 30s)
- Appealing, confident, and unabashed. Totally smitten with Leonard Vole. Generic British accent.
For more information, please contact Rachael Redler email@example.com or Artistic Director Eric Magnus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Barn Players welcomes and values all forms of diversity as we strive to better represent the performing arts community in Kansas City.
Non-traditional, inclusive and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.