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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.


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