Please come to Auditions PREPARED WITH AN UP TO ONE-MINUTE MONOLOGUE. Do not expect to simply read from the script. If you have questions about monologues or preparation, please contact the Village Church Community Theater office.

Bring completed Audition Form with any and all conflicts indicated, as well as a photo (headshot or snapshot print). Read below for more details and appointment information.

Murder By The Book

by Craig Sodaro
© Pioneer Drama Service

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Show

Sunday, August 6 • 2:00-4:00 PM
Monday, August 7 • 6:00-8:00 PM

For: Adults aged 18-80 to play roles aged 25-70

Performance Dates (3):
Friday, September 22 @ 6:00 PM
Saturday, September 23 @ 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 24 @ 1:00 PM

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The main room of a mansion built on an island off the coast of Maine.

The Raven Society is holding its annual meeting to select the best mystery book of the year to win the coveted Smoking Gun Award. Because of the prestige of the prize, the membership in this club is secret, even amongst themselves. Each member attends the three-day meeting, cut off from the rest of the world, disguised as a famous author. After leader Edgar Allen Poe receives a letter announcing that each member of the society will die, only mystery maven Agatha Christie takes the message seriously, but it becomes clear that one of the famous authors is trying to kill the competition! With mystery, romance and humor, the story includes many of the world’s great authors. The characters portray the authors in period language, at least partial accent/dialect, and clothing.

Roles: Four (4) men and six (6) women.

Characters / Age range / Description:

Edgar Allen Poe

30s, American early 19th century poet and short story writer in mystery and macabre, dedicated and introspective.

Mark Twain

50s-early 70s, late 19th century American novelist and humorist, known for frank humor, practical nature and memorable quotes.

Charlotte Bronte

20s- early 30s, early 19th century British author of “Jane Eyre”, imaginative first person writer.

Louise May Alcott

30s-50s, mid-19th century American author, most famous for “Little Women”, intellectual feminist.

Mary Shelley

20s, early 19th century English, best known for “Frankenstein”, wife of poet Percy Shelley, independent nature.

Arthur Conan Doyle

40s-60s, English writer late 19th and early 20th century creator of Sherlock Holmes, observant and inquisitive.

Agatha Christie

30s-70s, prolific English mystery author and playwright, Early and mid-20th century, proper and confident.

Emily Dickinson

30s-40s, influential American mid-19th century poet, eccentric and reclusive.

William Shakespeare

20s-40, preeminent dramatist, English late 16th century, excellent with words/diction, romantic.

Violia Danglon 50s-60s, the housekeeper at Dickens House, our setting.