Anna in the Tropics, 2016. Photo by Gregg Le Blanc.

Auditions

Open Auditions

Ross Valley Players holds open auditions for every show we produce. To receive all audition notices, please click HERE. We welcome you to join our wonderful group of collaborators in making professionally-oriented, high-quality live theatre in Marin. We are the oldest continually operating theatre company on the West Coast. Wonderful Non-AEA actors come from throughout the Bay Area to play on our historic stage. Our houses our well-attended, parking is free and easy, and we offer a stipend. We have been nominated for and have received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Dean Goodman Awards, and Theatre Bay Area Awards.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

Directed by Adrian Elfenbaum

Auditions:

Friday 5/3/2019 – 7:00-10:00pm @ Ross Valley Players
Sunday 5/5/2019 – 7:00-10:00pm @ Ross Valley Players
Tuesday 5/7/2019 – 7:00-10:00pm @ First Church of Christ Scientist Day School (1618 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901), Enter on Mission Ave. between Cottage Ave. and G St.; a sign will be posted on the door

For an audition appointment, please click here: 

What to prepare and bring:

– Headshot/Resume

– One or Two audition pieces, together no more than 3 min, total; British dialect for one piece, if you wish (dialect not required for audition)

– List of ALL CONFLICTS between 8/4/2019 – 9/12/2019 on Mon.-Fri. evenings and Sat.-Sun. days and evenings  (please prepare the list ahead of time)

Callbacks:

Friday 5/10/2019 – 7:00-10:00pm @ RVP
Sunday 5/12/2019 – 7:00-10:00pm @ RVP

Rehearsals (at RVP Barn Theatre):
8/4/2019 – 9/5/2019  (15-20 hours per week)
Sun.-Thurs. evenings 7:00-10:00pm
And, some weekend days, TBA

Tech Rehearsals:

Sat. 9/7/2019 – Sun. 9/8/2019 10:00am-10:00pm

Dress Rehearsals/Previews:

Mon. 9/9/2019-Thurs. 9/12/2019 Call Time 6:00pm

Performances:  

September 12 – October 13, 2019

Thurs. nights – 7:30pm
Fri. and Sat nights – 8:00pm
Sun. matinee – 2:00pm

Strike:

Sun. 10/13/2019, immediately following final performance

Entire Commitment:

8/4/2019 – 10/13/2019

Stipend:

Marin and Sonoma County residents – $100
Any actors crossing a bridge – $250

Plot Summary: 

On the English countryside in the 1950s, a group of strangers is stranded at Monkswell Manor, a boarding house, during a snowstorm. One is murdered.  A policeman investigates each person’s background.  The ensemble grapples with the mystery, until the murderer’s identity is revealed at the end of the play.  Agatha Christie’s beloved play, The Mousetrap, has run continuously in London for over 65 years, over 25,000 performances.  It is the longest, continuously running play in modern history.

 

Characters:

  • Mollie Ralston (mid 20s-30s): 
    Inherited the manor house from her deceased aunt, and is converting it into a boarding house, with her husband, Giles. They have been married only one year. Mollie strives to make the boarding house and the marriage successful. 
  • Giles Ralston (mid 20s-30s): 
    Mollie’s determined partner in marriage and business. Driven to succeed and protective of Mollie.
  • Christopher Wren (mid 20s-30s): 
    An eccentric, mysterious young man, who has sought refuge in the boarding house. 
  • Mrs. Boyle (50s-60s): 
    An arrogant, dissatisfied woman who imposes her will on all around her.
  • Major Metcalf (50s-60s): 
    Military in bearing and demeanor.  Agile and observant.  Helpful to all. 
  • Miss Casewell (mid 20s-30s): 
    A confident, independent young woman on a mysterious mission.
  • Mr. Paravicini (30s-40s): 
    Roguish and charming, he arrives at the boarding house after his car overturns in a snowdrift.  Appears to be hiding his true background and disguising his appearance.
  • Detective Sergeant Trotter (mid 20s-30s): 
    A professional, methodical young detective. He conducts a thorough investigation to reveal the identity of the murderer.