Wait Until Dark

The Heritage Community Theatre announces auditions for:

Wait Until Dark      

By Frederick Knott  and  Directed by Diane Robbins

Performances will be October 6th to October 28th  (Friday, Saturday & Mondays).  Matinee on October 14th.

Auditions:       Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00pm and Thursday, July 13th at 7:00pm   (If needed, callbacks will be by invitation only on July 15th at 10:30am.)

Auditions will be at the Heritage Theatre, 2505 S Highway 89, Perry, UT.

Audition instructions are below the Character descriptions.

The story is about a trio of criminals who terrorize Susy, a recently blinded woman. She is in possession of a doll given to her husband by a stranger at an airport. Neither Susy nor her husband knows that the doll is stuffed with heroin. The criminals concoct an elaborate hoax to persuade Susy to give them the doll. When the hoax fails, the criminals turn deadly. Lies, murder and deception build to a shattering climax as Susy turns her greatest weakness in to her greatest strength in outwitting her would-be killer. This thrilling, suspenseful play was made into a movie by the same title and starred Audrey Hepburn.

Characters: (Ages listed are suggestions.) All roles are open.

Susy Hendrix – (Female, 25-40) Recently blinded in an accident, she’s doing her best to adjust. Endearing, but never helpless; good sense of humor but isn’t silly; an independent spirit whose cleverness is her best weapon. Highly intuitive, sensitive person. This can be a physically demanding role.

Mike Talman – (Male, 30 – 50ish) Con Artist and gambler recently out of jail. He’s a good liar. Likeable and charismatic, but also has a darker side. Unlike his associates, he may empathize at times with his targets. (Needs to be able to fall down a small flight of stairs.)

Sgt. Carlino – (Male, 30 – 50’s) Con Artist and small time grafter, recently out of jail. Coarse and uneducated. Not as likeable as Mike. He is a follower, not a leader.

Harry Roat – (Male, 30 – 50’s) The mastermind of the plan. Very creepy, sociopathic con man capable of murder. Takes on other characters/ages during the play as part of the con. Doesn’t care who he hurts or kills to succeed. Physically demanding role.

Sam Hendrix – (Male, late 20’s – 40) Susy’s husband; Ex-marine and is now a photographer. At times almost fatherly to Susy and helps her be independent. He interacts well with Gloria. Unwilling to entertain thoughts of self-pity, either for himself or Susy.

Gloria – (Female, 11-14) Lives upstairs from Susy and Sam, and helps with shopping and chores. Struggles between being a child and a teen. Has had a tough home life. Acts out when upset. Headstrong and puts on a tough exterior but proves she cares a lot more than she lets on.

2 Police Officers – (Male or Female, any adult age) These officers are self-assured & trustworthy. Come in at the end of the play. (Actors cast for this role may also help as part of our stage crew.)

.Audition Instructions:

Auditions will include cold readings from the script.

** Those auditioning for the role of Susy should come prepared with a 60-90 second dramatic monologue, memorized preferred. Be prepared to “act” blind.

Auditioners are encouraged to submit a resume and headshot. Bring a list of all conflicts for August 1 – October 28.

Rehearsals will begin approximately August 1st. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, with Saturday mornings as needed and definitely on Sept. 23 & 30.

Contact Diane at dianemrobbins@aol.com with any questions. If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled audition dates, contact Diane.

Roles are non-paid. No participation fee.



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