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Auditions (Calgary): Murder on the Orient Express – Vertigo Theatre

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Auditions (Calgary): Murder on the Orient Express – Vertigo Theatre

CASTING CALL
Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (Equity and Non Equity)
Adapted by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Jovanni Sy

ENGAGEMENT COMPANY AND OUTSIDE DATES
Vertigo Theatre (Calgary) – rehearsals begin October 18 2022; opens November 17, 2022; closes
December 18, 2022.

PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the legendary Orient Express in its tracks. By morning, the train is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, it is up to detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer before they can strike again. Adapted from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, this non-stop thrill ride will keep you guessing until the very end.

ROLE TO BE CAST

  • MARY DEBENHAM – woman late 20’s. Cunningly plays the part of a damsel in distress. English.
  • GRETA OHLSSON – woman 30’s Extremely religious and conservative. Swedish.
  • COUNTESS ANDRENYI – woman 20’s. Physician by training, she is exceptionally intelligent and quick witted. Actor must have skill with accents. Hungarian.
  • MICHEL THE CONDUCTOR – man 40’s. Takes pride in his work. A High-status working man. Frenchman; doubles with Waiter.
  • COLONEL ARBUTHNOT – man 30’s. An Army man. He is gruff and proud. Scottish; doubles with Ratchett.


AUDITION DATES

April 11th & April 12th 2022

CASTING PROCESS
Vertigo Theatre has a responsibility to create work spaces where people are comfortable in a creation process, and can be themselves in every capacity. With this in mind, we encourage submissions from those who identify as Indigenous, Black, or POC as well as 2SLGBTQIA+, Disabled/People with Disabilities and/or Neuro-Divergent people.
*If there are any potential barriers (language, disability, or any other considerations) preventing you from applying to audition, please let us know and we will work with you to find a suitable application process.

COVID PROTOCOLS
Masks will be required of all artists but may be removed depending on comfort and as long as physical distancing is maintained throughout the audition. There will not be any shared equipment or objects. Vertigo Theatre requires all individuals working in our season to be fully vaccinated.

HOW TO SUBMIT
We would like to request a submission package consisting of:

  • headshot
  • resume

Please submit packages through the following link:
surveymonkey.com/r/QXY5VZB
*We will not be collecting hard copies of headshots and resumes at the audition. The audition panel will receive them all electronically.
*Headshots do not need to be from a professional photographer but must be a clear photo of you.

DEADLINE for submission packages is April 4th at 11:59pm, 2022.
LOCAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY FOR THIS CASTING CALL.
CAEA Members will be given first priority.
*If you are unable to submit for an in-person audition, please say so in your submission. We may be able to accommodate a virtual audition.

Laura Couch
Company Manager, Vertigo Theatre
[email protected]

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