Monday, March 2 – Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm. Please arrive no later than 7:30pm.
Location: Governor’s School for the Arts, 254 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Saturday, March 7, 10am at Little Theatre of Norfolk
Tentatively Mondays – Thursdays, 7pm – 9:30pm and Saturdays, 10am – noon.
When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind…
All roles are open to all races and ethnicities
(Baritone F#2/Bb3 - G#4) The principal conceit of the show is that one actor plays all members of the D'Ysquith family. The actor portraying the D'Ysquiths must have a tremendous and transformational acting ability. All D'Ysquith family members are farces of British high society in the early 20th century. The actor should have strong physical comedic skills and accent ability to help establish and differentiate multiple characters. Must have stamina to carry the different characters throughout the show and make extraordinarily quick costume changes. D'Ysquith family members portrayed: Asquith D'Ysquith, Jr. - A dandy // Lord Adlabert D'Ysquith - Eighth Earl of Highhurst // Rev. Lord Ezekiel D'Ysquith - A clergyman // Lord Adlabert D'Ysquith, Sr., - An elderly banker // Henry D'Ysquith - A country squire // Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith - A benefactress // Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith - A bodybuilder // Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey - An actress // Chauncey D'Ysquith- A janitor.
(Baritone Bb3 - Bb5) Monty learns his mother was a disinherited member of the D'Ysquith royal family and he is ninth in line for the Earldom of Highhurst. He then proceeds to make plans to murder each of his family members and secure his place as Earl. Monty must be charismatic and cunning enough to ingratiate himself with both the audience and his prospective victims. Monty should also have excellent physical comedy skills to adequately play along with the D'Ysquiths in their various incarnations. Charming and handsome, Monty is not upper class, but has no trouble blending in with high society.
(Soprano F#3 - Gb5) The girl Monty loves. A beautiful and flirtatious social climber, Sibella has true affection for Monty but also true affection for social status. Sibella is smart, funny and stylish and, as far as relationships are concerned, she wants to have her cake and eat it too.
(Soprano G#3 - High sustained C#6 with an optional Eb) Monty's cousin. Phoebe was raised high class with idealistic fantasies of love. As beautiful as Sibella, Phoebe foils Sibella in her interest in love over status, and a desire to find the true virtue in people. Though she is smart and earnest, she can also be naive. Must be an excellent singer with a legit, possibly operatic sound. A true soprano.
(Soprano Eb3 - E5) Monty's unexpected visitor. Sneaky and mysterious, Miss Shingle has an obvious sense of justice. She comes to tell Monty the secret of his D'Ysquith lineage with a pivotal song in Act 1 that sets up the story of the show. The actress should be a supreme and interesting character actress with a vocal style to match.
(All voice parts needed) A group of strong and dynamic musical theatre performers who all play multiple featured roles. These actors will play 40+ roles including: Lady Eugenia, Miss Barley, Tom Copley, Detective Pinckney, The Magistrate, various clerks, newsboys, ancestors, maids, actors and many others.
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by www.MTIShows.com