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Auditions - Any Number Can Die

Sunset Playhouse
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Book by Fred Carmichael
Staged by Patricia Carmichael
Original Production performed by the Caravan Theatre Summer Stock Company at the Dorset Playhouse

Auditions: Monday, April 16th – Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Thursday, April 19th, 2018 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Sunday, April 22nd – Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Performances: Thursday, May 31st – Sunday, June 17th, 2018

ANY NUMBER CAN DIE will be directed by Carol Dolphin. Auditions may consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – ANY NUMBER CAN DIE. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.


A hilarious take off on the mystery plays of the Twenties complete with sliding panels, robed figures, wills being read at midnight, etc. The idioms, costumes, hairdos, and make up of the period add to the thrills and laughter. Four ingenious murders take place in an island mansion as a pair of elderly detectives set to work on their first case. The ever popular storm, the unexpected guests, the cryptic poem, and the missing fortune all add to the intricate and inventive mystery off which the laughs bounce.

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

CHUCK: A likable young man in his early twenties. May be cast to play JACK as well.

ROGER MASTERS: A dignified lawyer and he looks the part. He is somewhere near sixty with silver hair and a mustache. He is precise and, from his attitude, a successful business man.

T. J. LATHROP: Slightly older than Celia. He is an admitted failure, but through it all has an endearing sense of humor, but one feels he is capable of great strength when the situation calls for it.

EDGARS: Age 40+ Gives the appearance of something out of a Transylvanian horror story. His gray-flecked hair is combed forward over his forehead. His chalky white face has deep-set eyes. His butler’s outfit hangs grotesquely due to his hunched shoulders. When he speaks, it is slow and definite.

CARTER FORSTMAN: An energetic young man in his late twenties, but there is a coldness behind his eyes. He wears a pencil thin mustache, and his black hair is parted in the middle and plastered down.

JACK REGENT: Looks the part of the hero which he is. In his twenties, he is honest beyond all doubt, strong when necessary, but kind-hearted and true at all times. May be cast to play CHUCK as well

HANNIBAL HIX: An elderly man with a mass of white curls giving his face a gnome-like quality. He is usually delighted with everything that happens and rarely sees anything but the best side of everything. He has the twinkly look and bouncy gait of an elf and nothing could please him more than to be in the midst of everything that happens.

Female Characters

JUDY: A pretty girl slightly younger than Chuck. May be cast to play SALLY as well.

ZENIA: She can be any age from 40 and up. A light colored Haitian, a Creole; when she speaks it is with a Haitian accent, half French, half native. Her voice is low and resounding. She seems set apart from the rest of the world and as if she knows things before they happen.

CELIA LATHROP: A sophisticated woman of the world in her mid-forties. She is hard and determined and when she makes up her mind to get something, nothing stands in her way.

ERNESTINE WINTERGREEN: Somewhere in her sixties, she is remarkably well-preserved. There is a determination about her which covers her almost elfin, warm-hearted approach to life.

SALLY VAN VILLER: The most typical ingenue that ever breathed. she thinks only of the goodness in people and never of herself. Her pretty face is made up with tiny red lips, huge eyes, and the extreme innocence of her youth. May be cast to play JUDY as well.

Contact Ann Mather, Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431 ext. 221 or amather@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.