The Play That Goes Wrong
by Georgetown Palace Theatre
“Break a leg!” takes on a whole new meaning for a woefully misguided troupe of players at the Cornley University Society’s opening night performance of The Murder at Haversham Manor. An unconscious leading lady, a corpse who can’t play dead, a ruffled detective, and a word-mangling butler (among others) must battle against technical gaffes, forgotten lines, and sabotaging scenery in a quest to arrive all in one piece at the final curtain call. Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, all mayhem, this 1920s whodunit is disastrously delightful.
Director: Ron Watson
Fight Choreographer: Tobie Minor
Stage Manager: Faith Castaneda
Auditions will be held Sunday, December 4th, 2022 from 5:00 p to 8:00 p. Callbacks will be held Monday, December 5, from 7:00 p-10:00 p. Callbacks are by invitation only, and will be posted on the Palace website, but an email with the callback link will be sent to everyone who auditioned when the callback list gets posted online.
- Please choose one of the two speeches provided (from Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap) and be prepared to read it in 2 different ways. We welcome audition participants that are 18 and older.
Auditions and callbacks will be located on the Springer Stage at 810 S Austin Avenue, Georgetown Texas, 78626.
Auditions are scheduled online via the Palace website. You will fill out the audition form, sign up for a time, and fill out the conflict calendar, as well as upload a headshot and resume. Questions should be emailed to email@example.com
You will receive an email confirming your appointment. If you are unable to attend any of the audition times, please go ahead and fill out the form and put yourself on the waiting list. Then send us an email and we will try to work with you to schedule an alternative time.
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**Please note that auditions may be recorded for use in casting**
The Play That Goes Wrong will open Friday, February 10, 2023 and close Sunday, March 12, 2023.
Actors of all ethnicities and gender identities are encouraged to audition. In reference to the character descriptions below—most characters we encounter currently are in the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide (from language developed by Kevin Kantor and Emily Tarquin from the Actors Theatre of Louisville)
PLEASE NOTE: This is a physically demanding show. Most roles will require varying amounts of crawling, climbing, lifting, running, and/or falling. There is also a sword fight and some hand-to- hand combat. Tobie Minor will be our fight choreographer, ensuring that all of the physicality will be done safely and properly.
Age ranges for characters are flexible (18+) and will depend upon groupings and pairings found through auditions.
- Annie – Female. 25-40. The company stage manager. She has the biggest journey of any of the characters. When Sandra is indisposed Annie, who cannot bear to be on stage, must step in. Initially terrified by acting, she is willing to kill for it by the end of the play. Her initial terror turns to joy, then to fury. She starts small but grows and grows.
- Trevor – Male. 25-45. The company lighting and sound operator. He simply wants to get on with the show. Curmudgeonly and doesn’t care for actors. He is easily distracted and does many things he shouldn’t, including engaging with the audience. When things go really sideways, he is forced to act in the play. He hates acting. Kisses Max Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable being in an enclosed box for up to 5 minutes.
- Chris – Male. 30-45. The head of the company. High status clown. Rigid, uptight, everything really matters. He is the director of the play and plays Inspector Carter, the esteemed local inspector. This is the biggest day of his life. Everything is riding on this. It is a nerve wracking and exciting night. His pain is evident and every time someone laughs the pain deepens. He has equal amounts of contempt for his fellow actors and the audience watching the play. Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a seven-foot-high platform with no railing.
- Jonathan – Male. 25-35. A member of the company. He plays Charles Haversham, the deceased. A bit bland, but sees himself as a James Bond type. Excited and having fun, but not naïve. He technically has to drive the show. He cares about the play, but not to the same extent as the others. Very physical role. Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a seven-foot-high platform with no railing.
- Robert – Male. 30-45. A member of the company, plays Thomas Colleymoore, Charles’ old school friend. Wants to be Richard Burton, as evidenced by his declamatory style. He is, however, not a parody of a bad actor. He is unaware of others around him. He does not feel badly when things go wrong and never learns from his mistakes. There is a power struggle between Robert and Chris to be president of the Cornley Poly Drama Society (a position that matters a great deal to Robert). Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a seven-foot-high platform with no railing.
- Dennis – Male. 25-35. A member of the company, plays Perkins, Charles’ butler. He has no real desire to be involved in the theatre, he just wants to make friends (of which he has none). He believes if he does well in the show, he will be more successful socially. Laughter from the audience is agony for him. He may be slightly oblivious but understands when he gets things wrong. The laughter is a personal tragedy/failure. Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a seven-foot-high platform with no railing.
- Max – Male. 25-35. A member of the company, plays Cecil Haversham, Charles’ brother and Arthur the Gardner, the gardener at Haversham Manor. He has never been on stage before. He learned his lines and does exactly what he’s told to do. He has zero connection with any of the other actors, but when he gets a laugh he breaks the 4th wall to engage with the audience. Childlike and naïve. His mistakes are fundamental. He doesn’t think anything through, just looks for approval. Kisses Sandra and Trevor
· Sandra – Female. 25-35. A member of the company, plays Florence Colleymoore, Charles’ fiancée and Thomas’ sister. She is vain and possesses a huge ego. Wants to be loved. Has ambitions to go to Hollywood and will hurt anyone standing in the way of what she wants but is smart enough to stay on the good side of someone who can help her (like the director). You know the type. The stakes are high for her. Kisses Max. Very physical role. *Note: This actor cast in this role will appear in less than full costume with some sort of underwear revealed – this will not be prurient, but comic. The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable being in an enclosed box for up to 5 minutes.
- Scripts will be distributed the week after casting offers go out.
- Read Thru and Table Work will take place December 12, 2022 through December 15, 2022. The dates will be finalized based on the cast’s availability.
- Blocking rehearsals will begin on January 2nd.
- Rehearsals are typically held Monday through Thursday from 7:00 p-10:00 p and Saturday 1:00 p-5:00 p.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p, and Sundays at 2 p. Sometimes ticket demand causes us to add Saturday Matinee performances at 2 p.
Please make sure to notate all conflicts that you are aware of on your conflict sheet when filling out your audition form. It is difficult to create a rehearsal schedule if we do not know all of your conflicts up front. Adding all of your conflicts after casting could result in removal of the production.
Once casting is completed (typically 2-3 days after callbacks), emails will be sent to the actors that will be offered a role in the production. Once the full cast has accepted, everyone else who auditioned will be notified via email.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
Everyone should self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if they do not feel well. You should also wear a mask if you have direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and get tested on the 5th day following the exposure.
We’re constantly monitoring and evaluating our policies and will update them based on guidance from the CDC.
The Georgetown Palace Theatre is committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment in which all community members feel a sense of belonging and does not discriminate in casting practices on the basis of an individual’s ethnicity, age, gender, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, country of origin, or other factors. We strongly encourage candidates of all ages, abilities, gender, and ethnicities to audition.
Please see our operating Standards at the following link:
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Everyone involved with the production must submit to a background check at the Palace’s expense. If you are cast, you will receive a secure link where you can fill it out. There is no cost to you.
The Georgetown Palace Theatre is a 501c3 non-profit organization. There is no compensation for any of the actors at this time.
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