Please look at the following bullet points to see how the process has changed:
- Always apply the 6ft distancing rule when attending auditions. We will consider this as part of our onstage audition guidelines as well.
- You will be asked to attend only one night of auditions.
Our season schedule contains the audition and performance dates for our six mainstage shows. We will post more details at least two weeks in advance of each audition.
Unless otherwise specified, auditions are as follows:
- Auditions are on a Sunday and Monday at 7:00pm. The doors will open at 6:30.
- Auditioners only need to attend one audition. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. No prior experience or resume is required.
- A prepared piece is not required.
- Every auditioner will be notified by phone of their result, before the full cast list is announced publicly.
- Surfside does not precast roles....ever.
Auditions will consist of:
Musicals & Non-Musicals
Cold readings from the script
Each auditioneer will be taught a 30 second selection of music from the show.
Each auditioneer will be taught a15 second dance / staged movement routine.
Auditions Sunday & Monday (August 1st and 2nd) at 7:00pm
Cast of Characters
in many years
Myra Bruhl (Playing 50+) - Sidney's wife, who is encouraging of his career and has been supporting them
financially for the past few years
Clifford Andersen (Playing 20s - Early 30s) - a student of Sidney's, also a playwright
Helga ten Dorp (No age specified)- a mysterious psychic who has visions of the future
Porter Milgrim (No age specified) - Sidney's lawyer
aloud to his wife, Myra- a play that sounds remarkably similar to the play the characters themselves
are in. The play Sidney reads is also called “Deathtrap,” and is also a thriller with one set and five
characters. Sidney admits to his wife that he has not written this new play, which will surely be a
commercial success. Sidney has been blocked in his writing and has experienced a series of recent
flops, and this play instead has been written by Sidney’s student, Clifford Anderson. Sidney’s recent
failures have resulted in financial troubles for Myra and himself. Sidney makes joking inferences that
he might kill Clifford in order to steal his script, but Myra suggests instead that Sidney propose to
collaborate with Clifford. Sidney telephones Clifford and invites him over that same evening, in order
to give Clifford some notes on the manuscript.
That evening, Sidney and Clifford arrive back in Sidney’s den, after Sidney picked up
Clifford from the train station. After Sidney confirms with Clifford that no photocopies of the script
exist, Clifford respectfully declines Sidney’s offer to help with his script. Upon receiving this news,
Sidney tricks Clifford into putting on a pair of antique handcuffs. This escalates into Sidney choking
Clifford with a wire, killing him and horrifying Myra. Sidney convinces Myra to help him hide
Clifford’s body, and the scene ends with the two of them dragging Clifford’s body out of the den.
When Sidney returns after getting rid of Clifford’s body, a psychic, Helga ten Dorp, comes to
the door. She recounts visions she’s had of pain coming from the Bruhl home- but Sidney is relieved
when the visions she talks about do not seem to be about Clifford’s murder. After Helga leaves, Myra
admits to Sidney that she had been hoping all along that he would follow through with his plan to kill
Clifford and steal his play. Suddenly Clifford, covered in dirt, emerges from behind the draperies and
beats Sidney to death. Clifford then attacks Myra, who dies of a heart attack from her fright.
It is then that we learn that Clifford and Sidney had actually constructed this elaborate plan to
kill Myra and make it look like a natural death, and neither one of the men are dead.
Act 2 opens two weeks later- Clifford writes away on his new manuscript, but Sidney is still
unable to write. After having his suspicions raised by his lawyer, Sidney secretly reads Clifford’s new
play, and discovers that it’s based exactly on their plan to cause Myra’s heart attack. The play, of
course, is also titled “Deathtrap.” When Sidney confronts Clifford, Clifford threatens to write the play
whether Sidney likes it or not. When Clifford suggests they work on the play together and split the
royalties, Sidney agrees.
Later, when Clifford is alone, Helga returns to the house. When Sidney come home and after
Clifford goes to bed, Helga warns Sidney that Clifford will attack him. Clifford hears this happening,
and he and Sidney pay her predictions little mind. Sidney convinces Clifford to act out some new
scenes Sidney has written to “see if they’re believable”- a plot on Sidney’s part to kill Clifford to
prevent him from writing the play, but staging it to look like Clifford attacked first, thus making the
murder look like self defense. Clifford, however, has put blanks in Sidney’s gun and forces Sidney to
handcuff himself to a chair, with plans to steal Sidney’s ideas for the end of the play. Sidney then
escapes the chair and shoots Clifford with a crossbow. While Sidney attempts to call the police,
Clifford pulls the arrow out of his body and stabs Sidney with it, and both men die.
The final scene opens with Helga telling Porter (Sidney’s lawyer), the true events of the three
deaths. Helga and Porter decide that the story would make an excellent play- a one-set, five-character
play called “Deathtrap.” But they quickly begin arguing over who will receive the rewards from this
new play, and the action ends with the two of them circling one another menacingly.
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