Director: Shawn Rocheleau
Stage Manager: Cara Telfer
Producers: Judi Cragg and Lori Moritz
Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.
Tuesday, January 7 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday, January 8 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Theatre Aurora — 150 Henderson Drive, Aurora, Ontario
Note: Depending on space availability, auditions may take place at an alternative location in the area. Exact location will be confirmed in advance
Regular rehearsals will begin Sunday, January 19 and run, generally, on:
Sundays 12:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Some additional or longer rehearsals will be held in the two weeks leading up to opening night.
April 23 – May 2
Thursday - Saturday @8pm
Sunday @ 2pm
The cast is also asked to participate in the set strike May 3
PERFORMANCE LOCATION: Theatre Aurora — 150 Henderson Drive, Aurora, Ontario
Abby Brewster: A darling lady in her sixties who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Martha Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Elaine Harper: An attractive girl in her twenties and Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter.
Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. He is a nice man who cares for his aunts.
Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man in his forties who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt.
Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.
Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic who is in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.
The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine
Officer Brophy: A police officer
Officer Klein: A police officer
Mr. Gibbs: A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters
Officer O'Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.
Lieutenant Rooney: A tough and dominating police officer
Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium
NOTE: There may be some double-casting for minor male roles.
All actors must be 18 years or older at the time of 1st rehearsal.
Interested actors of all backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
No physical contact, physical intimacy, or nudity will be required during auditions or call backs.
Auditions will happen in blocks. You will book into a block with other auditioners. Upon booking your audition, the producer will make available three scenes for the audition. You should familiarise yourself with the sides, but you do not need to memorise them. At the audition, you will be asked to workshop a given scene with one of the other auditioners, perform it for the Director and Stage Manager, and then be given feedback to work on and perform the scene again.
There is no need to prepare a monologue, as we will not be hearing them.
All audition blocks are 30 minutes in length.
Auditioners can indicate on their audition form their role preference; however, in the process, every actor is considered for every role equally.
Booking Your Audition
To book an audition, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.