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General Audition Requirements
Unless otherwise noted in the following show-specific information, all auditions require a:

  • Completed Audition Form
  • Headshot – can be a body-length picture as long as the face is clearly visible
  • Resume

Join us on stage for Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Nile

Directed Mark-Alan C. Clemente

Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.

Ages: Adults 18 and older

November 17 at 6pm (check in begins at 5pm)
Callbacks TBD

Cold reads from the script

Completed registration form at
Headshot or current photo

Show Dates & Times:
January 10 – February 23, 2020
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm

Rehearsals are set to begin mid November.

Breakdown of Roles:
Please note: All roles are open and DST supports and encourages diversity in all casting, including age
range. This is truly an ensemble cast and strong acting and accents are required for each role.

Kay Ridgeway Mostyn (20s – 30s) A charismatic, rich and spoiled young socialite who leaves all in her
path breathless with admiration or disgust. British. Major role.

Simon Mostyn (20s – 30s) Kay’s new husband; good looking, good-tempered with a simple hearty
manner, from humble beginnings, determined not to use Kay for her money. British. Major role.

Canon Pennefather (50s-60s) A large imposing clergyman, a self-described “worldly order of the clergy
who enjoys the good things in life;” Kay’s guardian whom she calls Uncle Ambrose – the sleuth and
pivotal detective of the play. British. Major role.

Jacqueline de Severac (20s – 30s) Simon’s ex-fiancé and Kay’s best friend; raging with jealousy over
Simon and Kay’s marriage. Emotional and mercurial, if somewhat fragile. British. Major role.

William Smith (30s-early 40s) An irreverent man who has devoted himself to the causes of the “working
man” yet with a sparkle in the eye. A bit dirty and careless about his dress. His voice and dry wit contradict his appearance. British. Large supporting role.

Ms. Christina Grant (20s – 30s) Nice sensible girl with an amazingly equable temper. Great-niece of Ms.
ffoliot-ffoulkes, grateful for the adventure on her aunt’s dime. Scottish. Large supporting role.

Ms. Helen ffoliot-ffoulkes (60s) Unpleasant aging socialite; rude, snobbish and gruff. A believer in the
upper and lower classes and that the twain should NEVER meet. Veddy British. Large supporting role.

Dr. Ludwig Bessner (40s-50s) Bespectacled medical doctor with a marked foreign accent from a small
country in Europe; hates Kay’s father and blames him for the financial ruin of his country and his family.
Think German for the accent. Large supporting role.

Louise (20s-30s) Kay’s flirtatious and devious French maid. Speaks fluent French and English with a
French accent. Supporting role.

Steward (Any) Egyptian steward of the paddle steamer Lotus; sly and humorous character with the
opportunity to go beyond what appears on the page, speaks with a strong middle-eastern accent and
can speak more clearly when he wants to. Also requires speaking some Arabic. Scripted as Nubian. Ideal
role for non-Caucasian actors, although all actors will be considered. Supporting role.

Beadseller 1 / Assistant Steward / Egyptian Policeman (Any) A great chance for three cameos in one.
Middle Eastern accent. All 3 roles will require speaking in Arabic.

Beadseller 2 / Ship’s Manager (Any) 2 very good cameo roles. Middle Eastern accent. Both roles will
require speaking in Arabic.

We are still looking for adult actors as supporting roles and featured ensemble for ANNIE! Please contact SM Kendyl at if you are interested.
You can submit a video audition at this email as well.