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Swamplight Theatre in Ponchatoula announces auditions for their spring production of 

"THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940"  written by John Bishop

Directed by Kendel Smith

Monday, February 19, 2024, 5:00-7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 5:00-7:00 pm

*Contact for an appointment if unable to make either of these times

Production Dates:  April 19,20,26,27 at 7:30 and April 28 at 2:30 pm

For Auditions:

  • Prepare a short (45--60 seconds) monologue that is comedic/creepy

  • Bring a short informal resume of your experience/training

  • Bring a list of date/time scheduling conflicts through production dates

  • A headshot is not needed

  • You may be asked to do a cold reading in addition to the monologue

Cast of Characters:

Helsa Wenzel--the maid of the Grossenknueten estate with a homicidal twin brother.

Elsa Von Grossenknueten--eccentric owner of the mansion and the financial backer of many musicals. She summons the group together to find out who murdered her friend and thinks chasing after a killer is great fun. 

Michael Kelly--an undercover cop. At first, he pretends to be her butler, and  Elsa enlists him to help her solve the mystery of the Stage Door Slasher. Elsa is dismayed when she discovers he is a New York police officer. 


Patrick O'Reilly--claims to be an Irish tenor and is very suspicious of the mysterious Helsa. Then claims to be an undercover cop with a Bronx accent--only to reveal himself as a Gestapo Agent named Klaus Stansdorff. 

Ken De La Maize--a typical director who speaks of theatre as "pure art". Likes to name-drop and talk about celebrities and films he has made. Everyone claims to have seen the films only for him to reveal they have not yet been released.

Nikki Crandall--a chorus girl type later revealed to be Ensign Nicole Crandell of the US Naval Intelligence with a secret mission to find the Germans who were sent over to sabotage the American war efforts. 

Eddie McCuen--the out-of-work comic that ties all the storylines together and goes from cowardly to heroic.

Majorie Baverstock--Broadway producer who flatters everyone around her while speaking in elevated language. Her new work is "divoon".

Roger Hopewell--the composer and Bernice's partner. He is easily riled by insults to his musical style but shows a surprising knowledge of ciphers.

Bernice Roth--the thirsty lyricist and Roger's partner. She is very odd and emotional, frequently losing her composure and screaming. 

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