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Auditions for
"Murders & Mayhem
at Magruder Mansion"
by Jodie Wilk & Paula Shumate

For Adults 18+ &
Trained Performance Supply Company Students


Tuesday, Nov 14
or
Monday, Nov 27
6:30 - 8:30p
Choose either 14th or 27th when registering; hopefully our flexible auditions will accommodate around Thanksgiving travel:)

Callbacks (if needed)
Tuesday, Nov 28
6:30 - 8:30p

@ Camp Shiloh
3335 FM 21, Pittsburg, Tx
75686

1) Register by clicking on link above
2) Then you'll receive script sides for auditions via email within 24 hours
.
3) Women read for all female roles; Men read for all male roles
4) Be prepared to have fun!

 





 

4 Different Endings!
How do we do that?!
The Cast will receive all but the final scenes & will get to play along in first month of rehearsals to figure out Whodunnit!
Then, the final month of rehearsals, the cast receives the four final scenes & is sworn to secrecy. Shhhhh.

"Murders & Mayhem
at Magruder Mansion"

by Jodie Wilk & Paula Shumate

     Gladys Gumshoe has a serious case of writer’s block. Desperate, she implores Ms. Pembleton, the persnickety secretary of Comedy Capers R Us, to peruse the latest murder mystery manuscript for sale.

     The story of “Murders and Mayhem at Magruder Mansion” COMES TO LIFE ON STAGE as Ms. Pembleton reads and Gladys gets hyped up on inspiration and twiztelers, freezing the story for edits as her mind is awhirl moving characters, weapons and evidence, writing four unique and distinct hilarious endings!

 

     With too many nefarious suspects , a goofball Detective Schmuck, a specter-like housekeeper, a hunchback footman, a French maid, a mumbling Russian server, the requisite butler, and a plethora of potential perpetrators, “Murders and Mayhem at Magruder Mansion” is a Whodunnit that asks, ‘Whodidn’t?’!

This slapstick, fun murder mystery has 4 different endings, that’s 4 unique whodunnits!
A different ending each show! 

CHARACTERS

 

GLADYS GUMSHOE

A writer desperate for a story to meet her fast-approaching deadline. Frantic, hyped up on caffeine, beef jerky & twiztelers, bit nervous. Buys a story from Comedy Capers R US. Wears sweats, robe and slippers & messy hair; eats Twiztelers (Twizzlers). 

MS. PEMBLETON

Persnickety secretary at Comedy Capers R US. Humorless, stiff-necked rule follower; transactional. Wears women’s brown, military-style suit w/ skirt; tight bun. Inspiration: nice and pretty version of Ms. Trunchbull in 'Matilda.'

MADEMOISELLE RUBY MERLOT    

An actress and seductress who likes men with lots of money; has had trouble in the tabloids. Daughter of Ms. Fowler. Slinky red dress and jewels.

 

MS. FRANCINE FOWLER

Former actress with a history of political scandals is looking for another rich husband. Friend of the deceased’s mother, Magaret Magruder. Wears a feathered hat; British accent.

MISS  BLANCHE FROST

Dimwitted world traveler, financed by daddy’s money, was swindled by a former antiquities dealer, now seeks more assets. Inspiration: Carol Burnett’s Miss Wiggins; high pitched voice.

MR. JONATHAN MOGUL

A big business man who made his money in the stock market. Personal friend of the deceased, Mortimer Magruder. A kleptomaniac. 

CAPTAIN CORNELIUS CRAVEN

Retired, cowardly, military man writing his memoirs with a stack of lies. Frequent guest of Magruder Mansion and longtime friend of Magruder’s great uncle. Military suit and pith helmet. Inspiration: cowardly Teddy Roosevelt

PROFESSOR PETER PITT

Psychiatrist who speaks primarily in words beginning with ‘p’. He knows Mortimer’s secret and may use this information for his benefit.

DETECTIVE SCHMUCK

A serious, over-confident  klutz detective with a fake french accent. 

EDGAR THE HUNCHBACK FOOTMAN

Funny footman 

FRAU KRUNCHKIN

Imposing housekeeper with German accent.

MARGARET MAGRUDER

Cranky mother of Mortimer Magruder. Hard of hearing; can’t see well; in antique wheelchair. Knows, but detests Ms. Fowler.

NURSE HALLIE TOSIS

Nurse of Margaret Magruder. Always has detestable expression. Hates her job. Over-the-top Spanish accent.

FIFI THE FRENCH MAID

Classic French maid, always appears innocent, nervous; French accent


HUMPHRIES THE BUTLER

Classic butler. Good at his job.

MR. ED THE VETERINARIAN

Kind, 50s throwback nice guy

EDDIE THE TELEPHONE REPAIRMAN

Kind, 50s throwback nice guy.

RUSTY NALER THE HANDYMAN

Handyman. No lines.

THE MILKMAN

Nice, singing punster.

MRS. COOKE

Magruder’s cook with a speech impediment, replacing r’s with w’s. Has a big hook nose.

MADAME ROGET

Mumbling old, hunched Russian woman. Only mumbles nonsense. Face covered by kerchief and hair. Bit of an enigma.

UNCLE HARRY

Always slightly drunk, mumble-sings  like Dean Martin and stumbles around with a bottle of whiskey.

5 SECRET CHARACTERS :

2 lead secret characters

3 minor secret characters

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Mondays & Tuesdays

5:30 - 8:30p

Jan 9 - April 2, 2024

at Camp Shiloh, Pittsburg

*All rehearsals are required, although we can be flexible within reason. A rehearsal schedule will be given with small groups/specific cast rehearsal dates in Jan/Feb for blocking, so you will not need to attend all in Jan/Feb. However, all dates in March & April are required as we pull the entire show together.

ALL BELOW REQUIRED:

Dresses Rehearsals:

April 1, 2 & 4 - 5:30 - 9:30p

 

4 Shows: 

April 5 @ 7:30p

April 6 @ 2:00p & 7:30p

April 7 @ 2:00p

*Because there is a different ending at each show, the call times will be earlier for a final scene run-through rehearsal.

Rehearsals @
Camp Shiloh, Pittsburg

Performances @
The Venue at Efurds Orchards, Pittsburg

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