Audition Notice: A Murder is Announced

By Leslie Darbon
adapted from a novel by Agatha Christie

Directed by John Eslick
Produced by James Laguna

Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday; July 16th through 18th, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008

Performance Dates: 

September 8-30, 2017
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm

Audition Requirements: 

“Open Call” auditions. No appointment necessary. There is NO PAY.

Plot Summary: 

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, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.

For More Information: 

Contact Producer James Laguna at

Character Breakdown: 

All characters (except Mitzi and Scherz) will require an English accent.

JULIA SIMMONS (F – early 20s) a lovely, but sarcastic young woman staying at her cousin’s house with her equally caustic brother.

LETITIA BLACKLOCK (F – 50s-60s) an older woman, still retaining her beauty; calm, collected, and a soothing influence to all.

DORA BUNNER (F – 60s-80s) Letitia’s oldest friend, somewhat dotty and confused, but with a wicked streak.

PATRICK SIMMONS (M – 20s-30s) Julia’s older brother; witty, sarcastic -- a man of thoughts, not action.

MITZI (F – 20s-60s) the eccentric, excitable, paranoid middle-European maid; requires a Russian, Hungarian, or otherwise unrecognizable Germanic accent.

MISS MARPLE (F – 40s-60s) Letitia’s neighbor and amateur sleuth; much more intelligent than she appears. If you think you’re a “Miss Marple” type, this is the part for you!

PHILLIPA HAYMES (F – 20s-30s) Letitia’s mysterious boarder; beautiful, secretive, and somewhat aggressive.

MRS. SWETTENHAM (F – 40s-60s) Another neighbor; snobby, curious, and overbearing.

EDMUND SWETTENHAM (M – 20s-40s) Mrs. Swettenham’s privileged son; condescending upper-class type.

RUDI SCHERZ (M – teens-50s) the mysterious stranger; heavy, unrecognizable accent; small role.

INSPECTOR CRADDOCK (M – 30s-60s) the police inspector… you know the type.

SERGEANT MELLORS (M – 20s-40s) Craddock’s cohort; small role