The Play that Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

Auditions

Seeking 6 men and 2 women, ages 18 and up. Everyone in the cast and crew must be fully vaccinated against COVID before rehearsals start. 

Sunday, June 26, 6:00 pm
Monday, June 27, 6:00 pm
Tuesday, June 28, 6:00 pm

Performance

Performance dates: Friday-Sunday, September 9–25, 2022

The Show

The Play That Goes Wrong begins before the curtain has even been raised, as the audience is present while the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society prepare to stage their new production—the 1920s murder mystery “Murder at Haversham Manor.” However, the set is not yet complete, and there is no time to finish it off. . . . The show must go on!

With a murder (and a moving corpse) established from the beginning, the murder mystery gets into full flow. However, the props start to disappear, actors go missing, and the set begins to collapse around, and often on, the cast. Mayhem ensues, the acting gets worse, and the set becomes increasingly dangerous, but the company struggles on regardless.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a physically demanding show. Most roles will require varying amounts of crawling, climbing, lifting, running, and/or falling. With that said, attendance at rehearsals is very important. At the audition, bring a list of any conflicts that you have during the summer.

Character Description

(Ages 18 and older)

CHRIS: (The “director” of the show—also plays Inspector Carter). He’s a first-time director but a fairly decent actor, even a little melodramatic. He tries his best to keep the show on track while gritting his teeth at the ineptness which surrounds him. Note: The actor cast in this role needs to be comfortable performing on a platform with no railing.

JONATHAN: (Plays Charles Haversham, deceased). He’s been cast as a corpse but has trouble playing dead. Don’t worry—he actually has some lines as the play progresses. Note: The actor cast in this role needs to be comfortable performing on a platform with no railing.

SANDRA: (Plays Florence, the fiancé of the deceased, who is having a secret affair with his brother). She is the company’s leading lady; a bit of a diva who thinks she’s more talented than she really is. Note: The actor cast in this role needs to be comfortable being in an enclosed box for up to 5 minutes.

MAX: (Plays Cecil, brother of the deceased, who is having a secret affair with Florence—also plays Arthur the gardener in Act II). He is childlike and naïve. His mistakes are fundamental. He doesn’t think anything through.

ROBERT: (Plays Thomas, the deceased’s best friend and Florence’s brother). This is the sort of actor who always gets cast as the “best friend” or “brother.” Earnest and optimistic, he always believes the show is going much more smoothly than it really is. Note: The actor cast in this role needs to be comfortable performing on a platform with no railing.

DENNIS: (Plays Perkins the butler). He is the worst actor of the bunch. Has difficulty pronouncing big words and has to write a cheat sheet on their sleeve. Note: The actor cast in this role needs to be comfortable performing on a platform with no railing.

ANNIE: (The stage manager). She is generally able to solve problems quickly. When she has to substitute as the leading lady, she goes from nervous to confident to downright competitive.

TREVOR: (The sound tech guy). Occasionally misses his cues or forgets to turn his mic off. Generally stays out of sight until he, too, must substitute as the leading lady. Note: The actor cast in this role needs to be comfortable being in an enclosed box for up to 5 minutes.

Questions?

For more information, please email Leonora Harrison at leonoraharrison@gmail.com.