Open auditions coming up for fast-paced spoof

Ever fancied trying your hand at acting?

Open auditions are being held for the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society’s (M&D) production of the murder mystery / comedy ‘The Butler Did It!’ by Todd Wallinger upstairs at the Sovereign Inn on Sunday, January 20, and Monday, January 21, at 7pm.

Heading up the fast-paced spoof of an Agatha Christie style murder mystery is 25-year-old director Cassie Bird, who said anyone is welcome to the auditions regardless of theatre experience.

It’s Ms Bird’s first time directing a production since her school days, and the young theatre buff is looking forward to taking charge of the

“I saw an opportunity and I thought I’d go for it,” Ms Bird said.

“I’ve done a lot of stage managing and have got a lot of support from other M&D members who are experienced directors who’ve been doing it for many years who I’m sure will offer their advice and an ear if I need it.”

There are nine characters up for grabs in the show, which kicks off with a wisecracking but loyal butler being accused of murdering a womanising cad.

Throw in a fiery Cockney maid; a famous murder-mystery author; a high-flying heiress; and a trigger-happy and quite possibly deranged matriarch and you’ve got all the ingredients for one interesting story.

There’ll be four performances of the play, including a dinner theatre revival at the Billimari Hall on the second weekend.

The group performed a reading of the play last year at Kalari Wines, which Ms Bird said was well received.

“It’s a fast-paced show where a lot happens. Everyone who came along was really impressed by it, they thought it was really funny and they were very supportive of the M&D putting it on so that’s a compliment in itself,” Ms Bird said.

“Basically, anyone that’s keen for acting and to try something new is welcome. There’s all different ages of characters available but basically I’m just interested in people who are keen and will be able to learn lines.”

For more information, contact Cassie Bird on cassandra.r.j.bird@gmail.com.

cowra's Musical and Dramatic Society members doing a play reading at Kalari last year. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

cowra's Musical and Dramatic Society members doing a play reading at Kalari last year. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.