“Death in High Heels” is a British play based on Christianna Brand’s debut crime novel of the same name. The play is by Richard Harris, directed by Dana Black, and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Magenta Theater’s fourth production of its 17th season will be presented October 4-19, 2019.
Auditions for the 10 roles and understudies will be held Monday July 22nd at 6:30pm at the theater. Magenta Theater embraces non-traditional casting. English accents will be used where applicable. This is a community theater production. All positions are volunteer. No pay. Headshot required, theater resume preferred. No appointments necessary. Cold readings from the script. No monologues required.
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It's a big day at Christophe et Cie, a small couture house off Regent Street. Mr. Bevan will announce which of his staff he is sending to France to be general manager of a new branch in Deauville. Will it be the talented and elegant Miss Doon or the loyal and long-serving Miss Gregory? Perhaps senior saleswoman Irene or showroom manager Dorian will get the job. Events take a dramatic turn over a lunch of rabbit curry when Miss Doon collapses and dies, poisoned by the oxalic acid crystals that another employee, Rachel, has been using to clean her hat. Inspector Charlesworth and Sergeant Wyler have a murder enquiry on their hands. Behind the glamour and gossip of a 1930s fashion house, secrets and lies are rife and more than one person may have harbored resentment towards Miss Doon. The action takes place in London, 1937.
Performances are: October 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19
Rehearsals are: Aug 12, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
Sept 4, 5, 7 (12:30-5), 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30
Oct 2, 3, 9 (refresher) (Weekdays 6:30-9:30pm, Saturdays 10-4 unless noted otherwise.)
Irene Best, early 40s, brisk and efficient.
Frank Bevan, late 40s, a ladies' man.
Rose McInerny, 19, naïve and mousy.
Zelda Gregory, late 30s, tall and angular.
Dorian Pouvier, late 30s, showy in his manner and fashion.
Rachel Gay, 30s, a former actress.
Aileen Wheeler, early 20s, dress model for the shop.
Caroline Doon, late 30s, tall and well modelled (New Zealand accent).
Inspector David Charlesworth, 30-something, boyishly good-looking.
Sergeant Lilian Wyler, late 30s, solid and no-nonsense.