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AGATHA CHRISTIE'S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
ADAPTED BY KEN LUDWIG

Directed by Cristine M. Loffredo & Mark Stephens

November 11-13 & 16-20, 2022

FRI/SAT 8:00 PM

WED/THU 7:30 PM

SUN 2:30 PM

Auditions: September 6 & 8, 2022
Sign-ups begin at 7:15 pm
Auditions: 7:30 pm 

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

 

AVAILABLE ROLES: 

Detective Hercule Poirot
Age Range – 40-65
Accent – Belgian
“Agatha Christie’s most famous detective. Poirot is fastidious, thorough, a touch ridiculous, and incredibly observant and intelligent. He is both arrogant and humble to a fault. He is an observer of people, astute at analyzing why people behave as they do, and firmly believes that most crimes can be solved primarily by observation, psychology, and thinking them through. He values intelligence and the rule of law above all else.”

Monsieur Bouc
Age Range – 40-64
Accent – Belgian
“The owner of Wagon Lit, Orient Express. Bouc is a middle-aged man with a youthful vigor and attitude. Gregarious, honest and forthright, he puts his friends and customers above profit, although he is concerned about his company’s image. He is not a match for Poirot in intelligence, however.”

Mary Debenham
Age Range – mid 20s-30s
Accent – English
“A governess. Anxious, but also cool and determined, Mary has a certain sadness about her, as well as many secrets.”

Colonel Arbuthnot
Age Range – 30s
Accent – Scottish
“A military man of the old-fashioned type, used to being obeyed without question. He is strong, charismatic, but also has a temper.”

Hector MacQueen
Age Range – 23-35
Accent – American
“Personal assistant and secretary to Samuel Ratchett, MacQueen is a nervous character with a stutter that appears when he is especially anxious.”

Michel (Doubles as Head Waiter)
Age Range – 40s
Accent – French
“Competent and organized, Michel is the conductor for the first-class carriages of the Orient Express. Handles himself well in a crisis.”

Princess Dragomiroff
Age Range – 60s-70s
Accent – Russian
“Displaced Russian nobility. The Princess is determined, arrogant, and accustomed to getting her way.”

Greta Ohlsson
Age Range – 30s
Accent – Swedish
“A Catholic missionary currently serving as a companion to Princess Dragomiroff. Deeply devout.”

Countess Andrenyi
Age Range – 25-35
Accent – Hungarian & American
“In addition to being married to a count, she is also a doctor. Beautiful, educated, charming, and intelligent enough to match wits with Poirot.”

Helen Hubbard
Age Range – 45-60
Accent – American
“Not exactly what she seems, Hubbard comes across as a gregarious, loud, obnoxious American busybody who has been married multiple times. Must be comfortable singing. Should also be able to pull off a cooler, more calculated version of this character with a cultured American accent.”

Samuel Rachett
Age Range – 45-65
Accent – American (mobster)
“A dangerous and unlikable man, full of entitlement, with a hair trigger temper.”

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