Playhouse to hold auditions for mystery

August 3, 2018

The Aiken Community Playhouse, or will hold auditions for the mystery “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” at 7 p.m. Sunday [Aug. 5] and Tuesday [Aug. 7] in the Bechtel Experimental Theater, the playhouse’s rehearsal hall.

The Tony Award-winning Best Play production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” was adapted from Mark Hadden’s best-selling novel by Simon Stevens.

A cast of five men and five women are required for the production, according to a news release from the playhouse. The ensemble cast of 10 actors plays multiple roles, including neighborhood characters, commuters, policemen and a station guard, among others.

Director Thurmond Whatley said while no experience is required to perform in a playhouse production, the script will require several cast members to be able to do stoops, rises from the stage floor and assist in group lifts of the main character.

“The play within a play nature of the script will require a longer than usual rehearsal period,” Whatley said in the release.

The play will be presented Oct. 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 and 27.

The show requires extensive props work, Whatley said.

“Those interested in running a production prop department will have an excellent learning opportunity on ‘Curious Incident …,’” Whatley said.

Video and sound design volunteers also will find “a real creative challenge on this production,” Whatley said.

Characters in the play are as follows:

• Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-21-year-old maths-genius detective

• Ed Boone, the father

• Judy Boone, the mother

• Siobhan, a school mentor

• Voice One, Mrs. Shears and others

• Voice Two, Roger Shears and others

• Voice Three, policeman and others

• Voice Four, the Rev. Peters and others

• Voice Five, No. 40 and others

• Voice Six, Mrs. Alexander.

The playhouse is located at 126 Newberry St. S.W. in the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts.

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