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Actors Needed for Murder Mystery Comedy

If you don't mind the short drive from Land O' Lakes, this could be a great way to exercise your acting talents.

The Carrollwood Cultural Center’s MAS Community Theatre will hold auditions for Murder’s in the Heir, an audience interactive murder mystery-comedy by Billy St. John, on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 17 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Center, located at 4537 Lowell Road.

Based loosely on the Parker Brother’s classic board game Clue, almost every character in the production has the opportunity, motive and means to commit an unseen murder.  The play's unique ending, utilizing secret ballots gathered at intermission from the audience, will determine the murderer at the conclusion of each show.

The plot follows the heirs of tyrannical billionaire Simon Starkweather, each with the means and the motive to do away with him.  Starkweather gathers his family and employees to announce the contents of his will.  His lawyer, Lois van Zandt, reveals that he has bequeathed vast fortunes to his befuddled niece, Fiona; her playboy son, Jordan; his great-niece, Paula (a Southern belle); and his grandson, Simon III, as well as to his many servants.

Suddenly, van Zandt delivers a bombshell: within hours this will becomes invalid.  Of course, the rejected heirs are not pleased, so it's not surprising when they roam the old mansion carrying such items as an ax, a gun and poison.  Predictably, the lights go out, and Starkweather is found murdered. 

Casting needs include five males and eight females. Audition times will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and are open to everyone. Calling ahead to reserve an audition time is not necessary. The production will also need stage hands, set and lighting designers, costume designers, sound technicians and choreographers. Community theatre veteran Ruth Levy will direct.

Murder’s in the Heir is the second production by the Center’s MAS Community Theatre. The production will take place at the Center on Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.  

For more information about the MAS Theatre, or auditions for Murders in the Heir, contact Nancy Stearns at nancy.stearns@carrollwoodcenter.org.

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