A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone
by Way Off Broadway Community Players

Jan. 12 (2015)

Way Off Broadway Community Players will be holding open auditions on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7 pm for the fourth production of our 18th Season, John Bernas’ hilarious A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone. It is under the direction of Jo Rake. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. There are roles for 2 women and 4 men.

The Story: Rich, bored Matthew vows to kill his rich, bored wife, Julia, so he can become a jet setter like his friend who recently lost his wife. And so the game begins - a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless. It seems that Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but Julia. There are several mysterious deaths that occur on the grounds of the family estate, a butler who is not what he seems, a detective who can't buy a clue, that is, not until Donald stumbles upon Julia and gentlemanly butler Buttram in what is perceived to be a compromising situation. He jumps to the conclusion that Julia is the murderer - trying to murder Matthew! Adding to the confusion are two innocents (sort of) caught in the hilarity as they plan their wedding. It ends in a nice bang and with a bit of a message about the importance of love. A spoof of and love letter to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and to stage mysteries in general. This is an evening full of witty dialogue and slapstick comedy.

The Roles

  • Matthew Perry – 40s -50s – Wealthy since birth, he has more dollars than sense. Now he’s having a “little mid life crisis” that might affect his relationship with his wife, Julia.
  • Julia Perry –40s -50s – Classy, cool, and intelligent, she forgives Matthew his faults and is always one step ahead of his little ploys.
  • Buttram – 50s-60s – The Perry’s long time butler who feels there is more to life than being a butler– at least for this family – and has a secret or two of his own.
  • Bunny Perry – 20s to early 30s – The Perry’s sweet, but somewhat dimwitted, daughter. Most everything goes over her head.
  • Donald – 20s to early 30s – Bunny’s fiancé. An earnest young lawyer, he deeply loves Bunny and is very patient with her lack of savvy.
  • Plotnik – 30s to 60s – a detective who thinks he’s like Sam Spade – and talks like him, too. Unfortunately, he’s not as bright as Sam and has a little trouble solving a crime, any crime.

Performances will be Feb. 27,28; Mar. 6,7; 13,14; 20,21 at 8 pm with a Sunday matinee March 8, 2015 at 3 pm.

Auditions are open to the public and will be held at Way Off Broadway Community Players’ theater, located in the 2243 Business Park at 11880 West FM 2243, Leander, 1 mile west of Hwy 183, just east of Bagdad Road. All interested parties are encouraged to audition.

Way Off Broadway Community Players is continually searching for performers, technicians, and other volunteers of every experience level. Additional information is available at our website, http://www.wobcp.org

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Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7 pm