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 Murder on the
Orient Express

Auditions for “MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS,” the Arts Center's fall season opening production are on Saturday, June 1 from 11:00AM – 6:00PM. The production will be directed by Russell Treyz, well known to the Arts Center for directing “To Kill a Mockingbird," "Pride & Prejudice," and may others. 

Auditions are on Saturday, June 1 from 11am-6pm by appointment only.

Rehearsals for “MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS” begin on September 10, and performances run from October 1-27, 2019. Actors must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

Auditions are by appointment only. Please prepare a dramatic monologue.

Bring a headshot and resume, stapled together. A monitor is not provided. Character descriptions are below. For more information about roles and to schedule an appointment, call Gail Ragland at 843-686-3945 ext. 202 or email her at  

Plot Summary:

A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world's greatest detective -- Hercule Poirot -- arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.

With a locomotive full of suspects and an alibi for each one, Murder on the Orient Express is the perfect mystery full of twists and turns for Detective Poirot.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN - All Roles Are Available:

HERCULE POIROT - (55-65) A famous Belgian detective; a "Big" personality; authoritative, witty, charismatic and slightly pompous; driven to find the answers, good or bad, with a strong moral sense; very aware of his ability and his well-deserved reputation.

COLONEL ARBUTHNOT / RATCHETT - (35-59) One actor will play two roles. Samuel Ratchett: middle-aged American businessman, evil at heart and frightening, brusque, unforgiving, stern demeanor. Pushy, domineering. Colonel Arbuthnot: Scotsman, mid-thirties, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender; must have great comic timing.

MICHEL THE CONDUCTOR / MARCEL - (35-45) One actor will play two roles. Michel: a good-looking Frenchman, about 40, a quiet, almost grave sense of humor; unfailingly polite. Marcel: a Turkish waiter, snooty, smooth; must have great comic timing.

MONSIEUR BOUC - (45-59) A Belgian man of good humor; playful, proud, generous; a predilection for grandeur; a whirlwind of energy; must be an excellent comedian.

HECTOR MACQUEEN - (25-35) Tightly wound, edgy and nervous; he seems to always be on the verge of falling apart or coming unwound.

PRINCESS DRAGOMIROFF - (70s) A Russian dowager; very formal, a sweeping, impressive presence; imperial, impatient.

HELEN HUBBARD - (50s) An outspoken and flamboyant American from the Midwest; jovial, obnoxious, domineering, deliciously nosy and brash; unapologetic; must be an excellent comedienne.

GRETA OHLSSON - (30s) Plain, inherently odd, and very devout Swedish woman; a frightened, sheeplike quality; must be an excellent comedienne with an impeccable Swedish accent.

MARY DEBENHAM - (late 20s) An English beauty; a governess, capable yet romantic; a sadness around her eyes and a hardness about her person.

COUNTESS ANDRENYI - (20-30) Brilliantly beautiful, like something out of a fairytale; impeccably put together, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets; her delicacy belies a steely edge; she is no wilting flower; Hungarian accent.


MOE Col. Arbuthnot / Ratchett MOE Col. Arbuthnot / Ratchett (250 KB)

MOE Countess Andreyni MOE Countess Andreyni (308 KB)

MOE Greta Ohlsson MOE Greta Ohlsson (61 KB)

MOE Hector MacQueen MOE Hector MacQueen (137 KB)

MOE Helen Hubbard MOE Helen Hubbard (161 KB)

MOE Mary Debenham MOE Mary Debenham (181 KB)

MOE Michel-Marcel Sides MOE Michel-Marcel Sides (157 KB)

MOE Monsieur Bouc MOE Monsieur Bouc (113 KB)

MOE Poirot audition sides MOE Poirot audition sides (134 KB)

MOE Princess Dragomiroff MOE Princess Dragomiroff (49 KB)

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