THE MILTON PLAYERS THEATRE GROUP AUDITION NOTICE – A Murder Is Announced

By Agatha Christie, Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon

Directed by: Lesley Quinn

Auditions: Sunday June 23, 2024, 2pm-5pm and Monday June 24, 2024, 7:30pm–10pm
Callbacks if needed Wednesday June 26, 2024, 7:30pm-10pm
Where: Milton Historical Society Waldie Blacksmith Shop, 16 James Street, Milton, L9T 2P4


Monologue not required, cold read from the script. There is no need to book an audition time as the director
will be pairing actors in various roles to play off of each other (group readings). Select preview readings available upon request, please send an email to Info@miltonplayers.com. Please show up at the beginning of auditions Sunday OR Monday.

Please be prepared to stay the entire time (if you need to leave early let us know upon arrival. If you need to
arrive late let us know via email ahead of time). Ages of the characters will be determined based on availability of actors
Show Synopsis: 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 and a determined inspector grimly following the case’s twists and turns. Fortunately, Miss Marple is on
hand to provide the solution – at some risk to herself – in a dramatic final confrontation


Rehearsals: Tuesday 7:30pm – 10:30pm; Thursday 7:30pm – 10:30pm; Sunday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Show dates: November 1,2,3,7,8,9, 2024 at The First Ontario Arts Centre Milton
ALL show dates, production week and mid run pick up rehearsal are mandatory

This is a volunteer, non-paid non-union production

For more information please email us at info[@]miltonplayers.com

Milton Players Theatre Group (MPTG) is an Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporation Charity. Participation in any
MPTG event or activity is your agreement to abide by the Corporations’ Constitution and By-Laws, Policies and
Code of Conduct, available on the website at miltonplayers.com or by request.

Characters:
JULIA SIMMONS – 20-30, stylish. Sister to Patrick and cousin to Miss Blacklock, whom she is living with. Works
at the hospital pharmacy. Somewhat aloof. English accent.
LETITIA BLACKLOCK – 50-70, owner of Little Paddocks. Intelligent and a little reserved. Has opened her home
to Dora Bunner, as well as her cousins, Patrick and Julia. Also keeps Phillipa as a boarder. Upper class English
accent.
DORA BUNNER – 50-70, childhood friend of Miss Blacklock, now lives with her. Her memory is failing with age,
and she often confuses things. English accent.
PATRICK SIMMONS – 20-30, outgoing and a joker. Brother to Julia and cousin to Miss Blacklock, whom he is
living with while going to college. English accent.
MITZI – 20-30, Eastern European. Refugee, works as a maid for Miss Blacklock. Excitable, temperamental, and
rather paranoid. Eastern European accent (Hungarian if possible).
MISS MARPLE – 50-70, kind and grandmotherly. Has a knack for unravelling problems. Shrewd and inquisitive.
Upper class English accent.
PHILLIPA HAYMES – 20-30, elegant. A war widow with a young son. Works as a gardener/horticulturalist at a
nearby estate, and boards with Miss Blacklock. English accent.
MRS SWETTENHAM – 50-60, nosy. Widow of a diplomat. New to the village. Mother of Edmund. English
accent.
EDMUND SWETTENHAM – 20-30, serious. Aspiring writer. Friendly with Phillipa. Very British. English accent.
RUDI SCHERZ –20-30, Swiss national. Works at a nearby spa hotel. Swiss-German accent.
INSPECTOR CRADDOCK – 40-60, detective. Serious, hard-working. Not quick to jump to conclusions. English
accent.
SERGEANT MELLORS – 25-45, police officer. Assists Inspector Craddock. Doesn’t think much of ‘intellectuals’.
English accent.