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Silverthorne Theater Company announces AUDITIONS for

The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful

By Charles Ludlam, directed by Chris Rohmann

June 20-22, 2021 – performances October 1-16, 2021.

The Mystery of Irma Vep is the definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas and vintage horror movies. It’s a madcap quick-change marathon in which two actors play all the roles: the lord and lady of the manor, the starchy maid, the groundskeeper-cum-werewolf, plus an ancient mummy and a lingering ghost. 

Roles for two men. Open to all types & ethnicities – some facility with physical comedy and British accents a must.

Auditions Sunday-Monday, 7 to 9 pm, June 20 & 21, callbacks 7 to 9 pm June 22, at the LAVA Center, 324 Main Street, Greenfield. To make an appointment, call 413-768-7514 or write to silverthornetheater@gmail.com. You will need to provide a current resume and headshot.  These may be sent digitally to the Silverthorne email address.

Registered auditioners may request a digital reading copy of the script for perusal purposes only.

Performances are October 1-3, 8-10 & 15-16. Rehearsals begin late August.

The Mystery of Irma Vep – Description & Audition Info

The Mystery of Irma Vep is set in the English country estate of Lord Edgar Hillcrest, the renowned Egyptologist. Having lost his beloved wife, Irma, he has recently remarried. Lady Enid, a former stage actress, is still uneasy with her new position as lady of the manor – a disquiet stoked by her maid, Jane, whose loyalty to her dead mistress verges on the obsessive.

Meanwhile, Lord Edgar is troubled by the tragic and mysterious deaths of his wife and young son, a wolf that prowls the heath outside the house, and the monthly full-moon disappearance of his groundskeeper, Nicodemus. His quest to solve the mystery leads Lord Edgar to Egypt and back, and the incredible story that unfolds involves vampires, werewolves, mummies, and more quick changes and confused identities than can be counted. 

Actor 1 plays Lord Edgar (upper-class English) and Jane (Irish, Scottish or etc.)

Actor 2 plays Lady Enid (not quite so upper-class) and Nicodemus (regional working-class English, e.g. West Country, Yorkshire, Cockney).

Auditioners will be asked to prepare a one-minute comic monologue, participate in guided adjustments, and read from the script. 

Contact Chris Rohmann skyscraper@crocker.com if you have any questions.

 

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