HCA holding auditions for October dinner theater show

HCA holding auditions for October dinner theater show
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Holmes Center for the Arts announced auditions for a murder mystery dinner theater titled “Murder at the Art Show,” to be performed for a private event on Oct. 2.

                        

Holmes Center for the Arts announced auditions for a murder mystery dinner theater titled “Murder at the Art Show,” to be performed for a private event on Oct. 2. Staff at HCA are taking extra safety precautions, so auditions and the first couple of rehearsals will be held virtually. Near the end of August, practices will be held outside and with the necessary safety measures.

In “Murder at the Art Show” by Michael Druce, everyone’s an art critic, but who’s serious enough to kill over it?

In the play Sloane Akers is doing her best to keep afloat the Harriet Anderson Gallery she inherited from her late Aunt Harriet. Standing in her way is Harriet’s conniving boyfriend, Jacob Smote, who wants to tear down the gallery and replace it with a sports complex. Desperate to save the gallery, Sloane plans to unveil a previously unseen masterpiece — her friend Maryann Manet’s lost Monet — along with works of some other well-known artists including abstract painter Paxton Haddock and the commercially successful Tabitha Cincannon.

But Jason hates all that “pretentious mumbo jumbo” and plots to wreck the evening by inviting slimy chauvinist and everybody’s ex-boyfriend, Blake Slocombe, to serve as emcee for Sloane’s make-or-break showing.

By the end of the evening, “Murder at the Art Show” paints the perfect picture of greed, jealousy and deception as a priceless Monet goes missing, art is hysterically destroyed and a murder mystery is unveiled.

The cast of characters available includes Sloane Akers, the owner and curator of the Harriet Anderson Gallery; Ellie Cousins, Sloan’s friend and a gallery employee; Jason Smote, an entrepreneur who despises art; Meredith Dish, Jason’s newly hired assistant; Maryann Manet, a wealthy art collector and local artist; Blake Slocombe, an art critic of questionable repute; Tabitha Cincannon, the world’s most commercially successful artist of gnome houses; Paxton Haddock, the world’s foremost abstract artist; Art Frobisher, an art crimes investigator; John Smith, a snarky art gallery visitor; and Susie, a precocious art student.

Auditions are for age 16 through adult. Send in a funny, dramatic, spooky or mystery-filled video of a monologue or story that’s 2-3 minutes long to elliemzumbach@gmail.com if interested. Questions about auditions or the rehearsal process can be directed to the email address above.

The deadline for videos is Aug. 4 at 11:59 p.m. Once you send in your video, HCA will send you a form for availability and other information.


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