Audition Details: Murder on the Orient Express

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Audition Announcement: Murder on the Orient Express

Murder Auditions - October 31 and November 1

The Community Theatre League in Williamsport is holding open auditions for:

Agatha Christie's

Murder on the Orient Express

A new adaptation by Ken Ludwig



Audition Information:

Audition Dates: October 31 and November 1 at 7:00pm
Some callbacks may be held on November 2nd

Production Dates: February 4 - 12, 2022
Director: Lorrie Staivisky
Stage Manager: Kay Hawkes

About the Show:
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, with his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, Detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

About Auditions:

- Auditions are open to anyone age 21 or older. Character ages listed in descriptions are estimates.
- Anyone auditioning should be familiar with the show, and should be prepared to read from the script.
- Due to the number of accents in the show, those auditioning are encouraged (but not required) to use accents during the audition process.
- Please read the character descriptions, as characteristics may differ from the novel or movie versions that may be familiar.

Character Descriptions:

Information on the roles was copied and pasted from 

Although the script calls for double casting, roles in this production will likely not be double-cast. Some roles will also fill ensemble positions.


Hercule Poirot: Male, 55-65

A famous Belgian detective; a "Big" personality; authoritative, witty, charismatic and slightly pompous; driven to find the answers, good or bad, with a strong moral sense; very aware of his ability and his well-deserved reputation.


Monsieur Bouc: Male, 30-59

A Belgian man of good humor; playful, proud, generous; a predilection for grandeur; a whirlwind of energy; must be an excellent comedian.


Mary Debenham: Female, 30-40

An English beauty; a governess, capable yet romantic; a sadness around her eyes and a hardness about her person.


Hector MacQueen: Male, 30-40

Tightly wound, edgy and nervous; he seems to always be on the verge of falling apart or coming unwound.


Michel the Conductor: Male, 35-59

A good-looking Frenchman, about 40, a quiet, almost grave sense of humor; unfailingly polite; 


Head Waiter: Male, 35-59

Snooty, smooth; must have great comic timing.


Princess Dragomiroff: Female, 60-79

A Russian dowager; very formal, a sweeping, impressive presence; imperial, impatient.


Greta Ohlsson: Female, 25-60

Inherently odd, and very devout Swedish woman; a frightened, sheep-like quality; must be an excellent comedienne with an impeccable Swedish accent.


Countess Andrenyi: Female, 25-39

Brilliantly beautiful, like something out of a fairytale; impeccably put together, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets; her delicacy belies a steely edge; she is no wilting flower; Hungarian accent.


Helen Hubbard: Female, 40-65

An outspoken and flamboyant American from the Midwest; jovial, obnoxious, domineering, deliciously nosy and brash; unapologetic; must be an excellent comedienne.


Ratchett: Male, 35-59

Middle-aged American businessman, evil at heart and frightening, brusque, unforgiving, stern demeanor; pushy, domineering; Scotsman, also middle aged, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender; must have great comic timing.


Colonel Arbuthnot: Male, 35-59

Scotsman, middle aged, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender; must have great comic timing.

All roles, unless otherwise announced, are open. CTL encourages anyone who is interested to audition and is always eager to welcome new faces and fresh talent to its stage. Except as specifically required by the author for certain roles, The Community Theatre League has a non-discrimination casting policy, open to members of all races, sexes, creeds, orientations, and abilities. We encourage members of diverse backgrounds and abilities to audition for our productions.