"Something's Afoot is truly a play with music- we're looking for strong voices but even stronger actors. Please bring your best 32 bars (approximately 1 min) of a musical theatre song that shows off your story telling abilities. You'll also read from the script- remember all of the characters do speak in a dialect (either British or Cockney), so we'll ask that you give it a try if you're comfortable.”
LETTIE – Alto w/belt. The saucy maid of the Rancour mansion who is new to the estate and Flint’s object of attraction. She is frightened very easily and becomes anxious at the thought of being alone. Lettie is also known to be greedy and will jump at the sight of money. She is known for her Cockney accent and for speaking her mind.
FLINT – Baritone. The estate caretaker of the Rancour mansion. He is rough around the edges, an attribute that is only amplified by his strong Cockney accent. He is known for stealing small sips from his master’s crystal wine decanter. Although he frivolously flirts with Lettie, he always gets his job done.
CLIVE – Baritone. The butler for the Rancour mansion. He is very punctual and professional in his duties. He is attentive to the cleanliness and upkeep of the mansion and is the supervisor of Lettie and Flint.
HOPE LANGDON – Soprano. The ingénue who is invited to dinner at the Rancour Mansion. She is the only guest who does not have any known connection to Lord Rancour. Hope is an orphan but she inherited a large trust fund to help her through life.
DR. GRAYBURN – Baritone. Lord Rancour’s family doctor. He has been working for Lord Rancour for a long time and knows much about Rancour’s past.
NIGEL RANCOUR – Tenor. The dissolute nephew of Lord Rancour who is considered to be the black sheep of the family. Since Lord Rancour does not have a
child of his own, Nigel believes that he is the heir to Rancour’s finances. He will do anything to find Lord Rancour’s will to confirm that he is named the legal heir.
LADY GRACE MANLEY-PROWE – Mezzo. The grande-dame, an older noblewoman from southern France. She is married to a French nobleman, but doesn’t speak French very well. Lady Manley-Prowe married her husband for status, not love, but did have a different lover many years before. The rumor is that she has lost all of her money and is seeking a loan from Lord Rancour.
COL. GILLWEATHER – Baritone. A former military man who fought in Africa, India and Brazil. While on his many adventures he learned about different types of poisons including poisonous gases. Unlike some other military men, the Colonel did not have a woman in every port because of an unfolding love affair back home.
MISS TWEED – Mezzo. An older woman who has come to the mansion at the request of her friend, Lord Rancour. She is an amateur detective who is very quick to pick up small details. In her old age, Miss Tweed loves to paint, and in her younger days she was a nanny.
GEOFFREY – Tenor. A young college student who is on his school’s rowing team. The team was out for a training practice when a storm hit and overturned his boat. While the rest of his team swam to the shore closer to campus, Geoffrey swam towards the Rancour mansion hoping to cross the bridge back to campus. He is an unexpected guest and everyone in the mansion is suspicious of him.
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