Busybody by Jack Popplewell

Monday and Wednesday, January 20 and 22, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. 

If needed, callbacks will be held on Monday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Set in London, a corpse is found in an office and then vanishes. The verbose cleaning woman who discovered the body provides both sarcasm and advice to the detectives and seems to discover the right evidence along the way. In true “whodunit” fashion, everyone is a suspect in this well-written comedy.

Director Beth Reidenbach is looking for four men and four women, of various ages. Strong characterizations will be considered over specific age suggestions. Reidenbach has staged over 20 productions at The Phipps in a variety of genres, most recently Sister Act.

The following roles will be cast:

  • Mrs. Piper (cleaning lady, age 40s-50s) A true character with a strong cockney accent and attitude.  Direct, outspoken and sarcastic.
  • Harry Baxter (Detective Superintendent, age 40s-50s)  He suffers from a stuffy nose and personality to match.  Professional, but exasperated by Mrs. Piper.
  • Goddard (Detective Constable, age 20s-30s) Very likeable, sense of humor, but with a respectful, professional attitude.
  • Richard Marshall (business owner, age 40s-50s) Superior, condescending with a suspicious air.  Disliked by most of his employees. 
  • Claire Marshall (Richard’s wife, late age 30s-50s)  Proper, self-controlled, with a certain elegance. She is evasive, hiding something.
  • Marion Selby (secretary, age 30s) Defensive manner, interjects opinions and misdirects the conversation. In love with her boss.
  • Richard Westerby (accountant)  Charming and professional.  He appears to be a confidante of Mrs. Marshall.
  • Vickie Reynolds (typist, age 20s)  Youthful, likeable, and slightly flirty. Overworked, but enjoys Mrs. Piper.

Rehearsals will start on Sunday, February 16 and be held Sundays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and Mondays – Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The show runs April 3 – 19, with eight performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There will not be a performance on Easter Sunday.

Everyone auditioning will be asked to read from audition sides, which can be downloaded when scheduling an audition. Actors should bring a resume and headshot, if available, along with the audition form, which can also be downloaded, and all known conflicts.

To schedule an audition time, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4CAAAF29ABF94-draft2

Contact information

The Phipps Center for the Arts
Web site

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