CHIPLEY — The Spanish Trail Playhouse will hold open auditions for the Agatha Christie’s Melodrama, "The Mousetrap" today, Jan. 7, and Tuesday, Jan. 8. The auditions will be held at 6 p.m. at The Spanish Trail Playhouse (Historic Chipley High School) located at 680 Second Street in Chipley. Director Rosalyn Scott will be casting 5 men and 3 women to fill the following roles (male (m) or female (f)):
Mollie Ralston (f) –Recently married to Giles. Together they have started a guesthouse, the Monkswell Manor. She is a strong woman with a gentle soul and though she is determined to take the very best care of her guests, she is obviously in over her head.
Giles Ralston(m) –Married to Mollie, whom he loves and supports. He is fiercely protective of her and can be prone to jealousy.
Christopher Wren (m) –A flamboyantly outspoken young man. The first guest to arrive at the hotel, Wren is a hyperactive young man who acts in a very peculiar manner. He admits he is running away from something, but refuses to say what. Wren claims to have been named after the architect of the same name by his parents.
Mrs Boyle (f)– A critical older woman who is pleased by nothing she observes.
Major Metcalf (m) –Retired from the army, little is known about Major Metcalf.
Miss Casewell (f)–A strange, aloof, masculine woman who speaks offhandedly about the horrific experiences of her childhood.
Mr Paravicini (m)–A continental gentlemen, probably Italian. Roguish, charming and very mysterious. A man of unknown provenance, who turns up claiming his car has overturned in a snowdrift. He appears to be affecting a foreign accent and artificially aged with make-up.
Detective Sergeant Trotter (m)– A policeman who arrives in a snow storm saying he has come to protect the guests from the murderer. Handsome and caring. He is meticulous as well as courteous in his investigation.
A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions that are in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, than Mrs. Boyle is killed. Two down, one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.
The Mousetrap, written by Agatha Christie and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., will take the stage March 15 through March 17 and will mark the first production of Season 6. This production is not a musical; no prior acting experience is necessary.
Audition packets for the production are currently available at the Washington County Public Library (1444 Jackson Ave-Chipley).
To inquire about a certain role or any other question pertaining to the production of The Mousetrap, please email Director Rosalyn Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the Spanish Trail Playhouse at email@example.com or visit www.spanishtrailplayhouse.com for more information.