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Mon, January 3 - Tue, January 4|7:00pm - 8:30pm Free
Auditions are now open for sign up for McKinney Repertory Theatre's Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery: "Murder at Checkmate Manor" (a comedy by David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin, Jr.) directed by Evelyn Davis.
MUST SIGN UP VIA LINK TO AUDITION: https://auditions.breaklegs.app/cc3e8148469811ec834cac1f6bbcd628/mckon
DATES: Monday & Tuesday, January 3 & 4, 2022
LOCATION: McKinney Performing Arts Center
111 N. Tennessee Street - McKinney, TX 75069
NOTE: Roles are for adults 21 yrs and up.
Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines are forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening's entertainment with the cunning whodunit, "Murder At Checkmate Manor." And just in case the audience should get bored there's a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize! The crunch comes in the denouement when the "murderer", about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist. (RATED PG)
CAST OF CHARACTERS: 4 women, 1 man
Roles: (for adults 21yrs and up)
Mrs. Phoebe Reece - Chairman of the Dramatic Society, Dominant, may need to interact with the audience. Plays herself in 4 roles of the "Murder Mystery" including: Clarissa Rock (Lady Bishop's Sister), Regine (French maid), Patricia Bishop (Lady Bishop's sister), Letitia Bishop (her sister) & Mr Goodbody (solicitor)
Thelma - "second in command" to Mrs. Reece. Also plays 2 roles in the "Murder Mystery": Daphne Bishop (Lady Bishop's daughter) & Rose Bishop (her spinster aunt)
Felicity - Plays 2 roles in the "Murder Mystery": Pawn (a butler) & Colonel King (Lady Bishop's brother-in-law)
Audrey - Plays herself and 4 roles in the "Murder Mystery" inlcuding: Lady Doreen Bishop (widow), Violet Bishop (her spinster aunt), Mrs King (the Colonel's wife) & Joan Bishop (Lady Bishop's cousin)
Gordon - Plays the role of Inspector O'Reilly in the "Murder Mystery"
First Rehearsal & Read Through:
Thursday, January 13 6:30-9:30pm
Rehearsal Dates: (Mondays - Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm)
Mondays – Jan 24, 31 and Feb 7, 14 (No rehearsal on 1/17 - MLK Day)
Tuesdays – Jan 18, 25 and Feb 1, 8, 15
Thursdays – Jan 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3, 10, 1716
Thursday – Jan 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3, 10, 17
LOAD IN: Saturday AM, Feb 19 – to the multipurpose room.
Set Build (possible walkthrough): Sunday, Feb 20 1-6pm
TECH WK REHEARSALS: Mon-Wed, Feb 21-23 6:00-10:30pm, (Out by 10:45pm SHARP!)
DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Feb 24 Start 6:00-10:30 (Out by 10:45pm SHARP!)
PICKUP REHEARSAL: Thursday, March 3 6:30pm (end by 10pm, Out by 10:30pm SHARP!)
Total of 6 shows:
Friday, Feb 25 @ 8pm
Saturday, Feb 26 @ 2pm & 8pm
Friday, March 4 @ 8pm
Saturday, March 5 @ 2pm & 8pm
McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) is McKinney's Official Community Theatre and is supported, in part, by a grant from the City of McKinney through the McKinney Arts Commission (MAC). MRT is a 100% volunteer-run, 501(c) (3) non-profit community theatre that performs primarily in McKinney at the historic Collin County Courthouse (also known as McKinney Performing Arts Center).