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Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web

Directed by Dan Ashlock, Jr.

ACCEPTING VIDEO AUDITIONS – NOW THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 7, 6PM
– IN-PERSON CALLBACKS will be Monday, May 10
– REHEARSALS begin Monday, May 17
– SHOW DATES: June 25 – July 11, 2021
 
Submit your AUDITION VIDEO (2 contrasting monologues, max 3 minutes total) to auditions@desertstages.org and complete REGISTRATION FORM at http://bit.ly/DSTSpidersWebAuditions
 
Please plan to have a COVID TEST with a negative result 3 days prior to your in-person audition. Do your best to quarantine once you have the test. Safety will be priority #1 as we continue to bring LIVE THEATRE back to the DST stage!
 
DST COVID-19 Procedures and Policies can be referenced HERE  
 
 
SHORT SYNOPSIS
Come be part of the fun as the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie, pokes fun at the genre that made her famous.  Mixing equal parts of tension and dark humor, Clarissa, a diplomat’s spouse, finds her normally entertaining and unflappable self smack dab in the middle of a drawing room murder. Desperate to dispose of the body, she enlists the help of her guests. Hilarity ensues when they are interrupted by the arrival of wry detective, Inspector Lord.  In this conscious parody of the detective thriller, Christie delivers a unique blend of suspense and humor.
 
 
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
(All Require a British Accent): 2-5 women, 5-8 men, 1 girl

CLARISSA HAILSHAM-BROWN (F, 25-45)
The second wife of Henry Hailsham-Brown, charming and inventive, her imagination tends to work overtime, with some unexpected consequences.

SIR ROWLAND DELAHAYE (M, 50-60)
A distinguished gentleman with very definite charm. Clarissa’s guardian, friend, and adviser, he likes to think that he can guide her, but would never admit that she has him wrapped around her little finger.

HUGO BIRCH (M, 50-60)
The local Justice of the Peace. A rather irascible type who shouldn’t be involved in business like a murder.

JEREMY WARRENDER (M, 25-30)
An elegant young man and guest at the Hailsham-Brown’s house, the private secretary for a man much wealthier than he.

PIPPA HAILSHAM-BROWN (F to play 11 or 12)
Clarissa’s young stepdaughter.  She exhibits the strong emotional swings of a pre-teen, made worse by a previous family problems,

MILDRED PEAKE (F, 30-50s)
A big hearty country woman who lives in a cottage on the estate and acts as gardener.

ELGIN (M, 40-60s)
The butler. Nothing escapes his attention.

OLIVER COSTELLO (M 40s)
He is suspected of shady dealings. None of the other characters like him and neither should the audience – even though he is killed in the first act, his body gets to hang around in the second act. (Women will also be consider for this role.)

HENRY HAILSHAM-BROWN (M, 35-50)
Clarissa’s husband. A good-looking man with a rather expressionless face who works in the foreign office, a strong, solid type.

INSPECTOR LORD (M, 40-50s)
The wheels are always turning in his brain. Although he doesn’t let on, he doesn’t miss a thing. (Women will also be consider for this role.)

CONSTABLE JONES (M 20-40s)
He and the Inspector have been working together long enough that they understand each other well. (Women will also be considered for this role.)