Auditions Announced for THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 at Lebanon Theatre Company

LTC_logoAnnouncing auditions for THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940.

Directed by Kurt Percy
Produced by Abby Smith

Audition dates: January 5th and 6th at 7:00pm at LTC.

Show dates: March 6th- 15th, 2020

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate. The house is full of sliding panels and secret passageways. As the composer, lyricist, actors, and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again. Bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the Slasher unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric, and refreshingly irreverent wit.


  • Helsa Wenzel – 25 to 40. The German maid. A humorless woman. Must be able to do a German accent. *Can be played by a male or female actor.*
  • Elsa Van GrossenKnueten – 35 to 50. The host. Attractive. A patron of the arts with a flair for the dramatic. Espionage is in her blood.
  • Michael Kelly –35 to 55. The law. A large middle-aged man, Sergeant Kelly is a New York City police officer.
  • Patrick O’Reilly – 30’s to 40’s. An actor. Large in stature, somewhat sinister, must be able to use an Irish and Brooklyn accent.
  • Ken De La Maize – 40 to 50. The Director. An attractive self-absorbed who likes to drop names. His tan and clothes are very Hollywood.
  • Nikki Crandall – 25 to 30. The actress. Attractive, energetic and adventurous.
    Eddie McCuen – 25 to 30. An actor. Attractive, energetic, struggling comedian with an endless supply of bad jokes.
  • Marjorie Baverstock – 35 to 60. The Producer. She dresses and carries herself like royalty. Rich, elegant.
  • Roger Hopewell – 30’s to 50’s, the music director and Lyricist. The outrageous, flamboyant songwriting partner of Bernice, Hopewell can whip out quips with the speed and panache of a Noel Coward character.
  • Bernice Roth – 40-50, Librettist, very creative, dresses like a gypsy dancer. Always has a drink in her hand.

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