Great roles for younger male actors in serial-killer thriller
Agatha Christie’s thriller
LOVE FROM A STRANGER
Written by Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper
Directed by Laurie Mills
Auditions: Saturday 22 February – Howick Little Theatre
1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga
From 10.00am by appointment
(other times by negotiation)
Email the director Laurie Mills now for a script AND/OR an audition time to suit
On application for an audition time, you will be e-mailed some designated audition pieces. We will have people to read other roles in for you. If you have specific questions, feel free to e-mail Laurie or call him on 021 791 199.
Rehearsals commence Sunday 15 March
Sundays 7.00 – 9:30 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 7.30 – 10.00 pm
(NOTE: There will be no rehearsal on Easter Sunday 19 April)
PRODUCTION DATES: 9 - 30 May 2020
Cecily Harrington has led a staid and proper existence. After winning a large amount of money in a sweepstake she desperately yearns for a life of adventure. Enter Bruce Lovell, a handsome and charming stranger who sweeps her off her feet. In a whirlwind romance, she recklessly abandons her job, friends and fiancé to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage. However, her newfound “love from a stranger” is not what it seems and in a tense final scene, Cecily discovers the ghastly truth of her new love.
An intense and chilling psychological thriller which examines the sadistic mind of a serial killer and the extremes to which the power of suggestion can be pushed.
Laurie Mills has been involved with community theatre throughout his adult life in Auckland, much of that time as an actor and director at Howick Little Theatre. His most recent productions have been One Man, Two Guvnors (Dolphin Theatre), The Ladykillers, The Great Gatsby and I’ll Leave It To You (all HLT).
Laurie has also directed numerous productions for the Howick Youth & Children’s Theatre, including last year’s Once In A Lifetime, where he is a proud Patron.
THE FOLLOWING ROLES AVAILABLE FOR AUDITION
All the characters except Bruce are English; Bruce has a slight American Accent. Age ranges are indicative. The play is set in the 1930s.
LOUISE GARRARD (Aunty Loo-Loo): (50s – 70s) Cecily’s well-meaning aunt. A professional fusser with her heart in the right place. At first she seems to be overly possessive of Cecily and critical of her plans, but later in the play is seen to be caring and rightly concerned at Cecily’s situation. A major supporting role.
MAVIS WILSON: (20s – early 30s) Cecily’s erstwhile flatmate and good friend. Mavis is a pleasant, calm woman, with a firm manner. She is knocked sideways at Cecily’s decision to change her life so completely, and is distrustful of Bruce and his motives. Mavis is also anxious to see that Cecily’s former fiancé Nigel is aware of the situation, and ensures he remains available to take action. A major supporting role.
CECILY HARRINGTON: (20s – early 30s) Although destined for a bland and predictable future with Nigel, she amazes even herself with her capacity to re-evaluate her life and set off on an unpredictable adventure with a man she hardly knows. Later in the play she is forced to consider the result of her actions. And is she all we see her to be in the way she deals with Bruce and her suspicions? A leading role.
BRUCE LOVELL: (20s – mid 30s) Bruce is an enigma in the England of the 1930’s. His manner is a strange mixture of shyness and utter unselfconsciousness. What is the truth about this man? Cecily – and the audience – are beguiled by his charm, but we are not surprised when another side of his nature starts to show, and his intentions appear to be cause for suspicion. A leading role.
NIGEL LAWRENCE: (30s – early 40s) Cecily’s fiancé, newly arrived back in England after some years in the Middle East. His engagement to Cecily has been long-standing; he is startled and depressed at her change of heart, but refuses to stop caring for her and, along with Mavis, is instrumental in protecting Cecily’s life. We would view him as a ‘typical Englishman’ – neat, almost a military man. A major supporting role.
HODGSON: (50s – 70s) the countryman with a direct manner, a true local flavour, employed by Cecily and Bruce as their gardener. He says what he thinks, and is sometimes very funny when doing so. A supporting character role.
ETHEL: (late teens - early 20s) Hodgson’s niece, who is employed as a sort of maid for Cecily and Bruce. She’s not, it seems, particularly bright and spends a lot of time grinning. A supporting character role.
DR GRIBBLE: (50s – 60s) The local doctor; a man of intense charm and sweetness of manner. He becomes concerned for Bruce’s health at a time when we are more worried about what might be happening to Cecily. A supporting character role.