Auditions are closed for this play.

Murder on the Nile

Mar 20th-Apr 19th 2020
A Classic Mystery
by: Agatha Christie

Directed by: Gil Savage
Produced by:Dorothy Courtney & Lynn Wolsey

Audition Notes:
• Auditions Monday, January 27th and Tuesday, January 28th, 2020. 7:00-9:30 p.m.
• Please arrive early to complete theatre audition form, review proposed rehearsal calendar, and list any schedule conflicts.
• Callbacks will be Wednesday, January 29th, if required.
• PowPAC Theater is located at 13250 Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064 (Up the stairs on the front, or elevator at the rear of building.)
• Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
• Various accents required, as described in the character notes below
• Please bring a resume of theatrical experience and a head shot.
• Appointments are not necessary.
• For additional information and questions, please contact the Director at gilsavage@yahoo.com (Subject: Murder Auditions).
• Watch for updated information on our Auditions webpage at www.powpac.org.
About Rehearsals and Performances:
• Rehearsal Kickoff – First read-through will be on Monday, February 3rd.
• Rehearsal Schedule - Rehearsals will be scheduled Monday -Thursday 7 -9:30 p.m. Sunday evenings may be added within the last two-three weeks of rehearsals, if required.
• Shows – March 20 – April 19, 2020
• Performance Times are: on Friday & Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 2:00. Also, one Saturday matinee, April 4, 2020.
Cast Requirements:
This is truly an ensemble cast and strong acting and accents are required for each role.

Beadseller 1, a pesky peddler trying to get a buck / Assistant Steward / Egyptian Policeman – (Supporting, minor) – 20s to 40s.
A great chance for three cameos in one. Beadseller - Beadseller - eager, bright and witty hustler. Middle Eastern accent and also Speaks in Arabic
Ethnicity: Any. Line Load: Light. Stage Time: Short, multiple scenes / one of multiple roles by single actor

Beadseller 2, a pesky peddler trying to make a buck / McNaught (Supporting, minor) 30s to 40s.
-Two very different cameos in one. Beadseller - Eager, bright and witty hustler. McNaught – all business, ships officer. Multiple accents. Middle Eastern accent and also Speaks in Arabic. Also Scottish accent for Ships Manager.
Ethnicity: Caucasian Line Load: Light Stage Time: Two short scenes, multiple roles

Steward, the head waiter (Supporting, minor) – 20s to 40s.
Egyptian steward of the paddle steamer Lotus; sly and humorous character with the opportunity to go beyond what appears on the page, speaks with a strong middle-eastern accent and can speak more clearly when he wants to. Scripted as Nubian. Ideal role for non-Caucasian actors, although all actors will be considered. Speaks in Arabic.
Ethnicity: Any Line Load: Light Stage Time: Often on Stage

Helen Ffoliot-ffoulkes, a wealthy snob – (Supporting, major) – 60s.
Unpleasant aging socialite; rude, snobbish and gruff. A believer in the upper and lower classes and that the twain should NEVER meet. Veddy British.
Ethnicity: Caucasian Line Load: Med Stage Time: Several scenes

Christina Grant, Helen's niece – (Supporting, large) – 20s.
Nice sensible girl with an amazingly equable temper. Great-niece of Ms. FFoliot-ffoulkes, grateful for the adventure on her aunt’s dime. Mild Scottish accent
Ethnicity: Caucasian Line Load: light Stage Time: Several scenes

Kay Ridgeway-Mostyn, the "richest girl in England" – (Lead) – 24.
A charismatic, wealthy and spoiled young socialite who leaves all in her path breathless with admiration or disgust. Very much in love with her husband. Upper class British
Ethnicity: Caucasian Line Load: Heavy Stage Time: Often on Stage for first half of play.

Simon Mostyn, Kay's new husband (Supporting, major) – late 20s.
Good-looking, good-tempered with a simple hearty manner, from humble beginnings, determined not to use Kay for her money, protective of his wife. Standard British.
Ethnicity: Caucasian Line Load: Heavy Stage Time: Often on Stage

Louise, Kay's flirty and devious French maid (Supporting) – 20s to 30s.
Kay's flirtatious and devious French maid. Speaks fluent French and English with a French accent.
Ethnicity: Any Line Load: Medium Stage Time: Several scenes

Dr. Bessner, a doctor from a country ruined by Kay's father (Supporting, major) - late 30s to 50s
He is a bespectacled and bookish man; very correct and Germanic. He hates Kay's father and blames him for the financial ruin of his country and his family. English with a German accent.
Ethnicity: Caucasian Line Load: Medium Stage Time: Several scenes, often on stage


Canon Ambrose Pennefather, Kay's uncle and guardian (Lead) – 50s to 60s)
A strong presence in any room, he is a clergyman self-described as from “a worldly order of the clergy who enjoys the good things in life;” He is Kay's guardian, whom she calls Uncle Ambrose. He is confident yet kindly, wise with a sense of the ironic. He is also the sleuth and pivotal detective of the play. Standard British
Ethnicity: Caucasian Line Load: Heavy Stage Time: Most often on stage

Jacqueline de Severac, Kay's ex-best friend and Simon's ex-fiancée (Lead) - 24
Simon's lovely ex-fiancé and was Kay's best friend. She has always been cool and composed but is truly raging inside with jealousy over Simon and Kay's marriage. It drives her to moments of intense emotional hysteria. Standard British
Ethnicity: Caucasian Line Load: Heavy Stage Time: Often on stage

William Smith, cocky, wise-cracking , irreverent, (Supporting, major) 30s- early 40s
An irreverent man , somewhat cocky and arrogant, who has devoted himself to the causes of the “working man” yet with a sparkle in the eye. A bit dirty and careless about his dress. His voice and dry wit contradict his appearance. Upper Class British
Ethnicity: Caucasian Line Load: Medium Stage Time: Often on stage

McNaught, the Lotus's captain, totally in charge (Supporting, minor) 40s to 60s - Scottish
In charge and complete control, imposing demeanor. British with strong Scottish accent
Ethnicity: Any Line Load: Light Stage Time: 1 short scene
Plot Synopsis:
This classic Agatha Christie mystery is set in the observation saloon of the Egyptian paddle steamer Lotus as it cruises down the Nile, in the mid-1920s. Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth and a new husband. , They embark on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile where fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny by the perceptive cleric Canon Pennefather, are a multitude of memorable passengers. It seems that each of them could have a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia build as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.
“As slick a vehicle as any theatre company could wish for.”
— Leah D. Frank, The New York Times

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