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Actors Wanted for Theatre Play 'The Ghost Train'

Actors Wanted for Theatre Play 'The Ghost Train'

South Australia, Australia

About the advertiser
  • Located in South Australia, Australia
  • Joined January, 2009
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The Ghost Train is a comedy/thriller dubbed as one of the world’s scariest plays. The plot revolves around a party of assorted railway travellers who find themselves stranded in the waiting room of an isolated country station late one evening. The station master tries to persuade them to leave the site as he is closing the station for the night. They refuse to leave, citing the lack of alternative accommodation for several miles around. He warns them of the supernatural danger of a spectral old railway carriage train, the ghost of one that was fatally wrecked in the locality several years before that, sometimes haunts the line at night bringing death to all who set eyes upon it. Incredulous of his story, they still refuse to leave, and he departs leaving them facing a night at the station.

The main body of the play is then taken up with the interaction of the varied assortment of the passengers: strangers thrown randomly together in the odd social intimacy of happenstance that rail travel involves, representing a cross-section of English 1920s society. There are a variety of escalating dramatic incidents combined with a heightening tension as the latent threat of the spectral train's possible appearance is ultimately dramatically realised, bringing disaster and death to the group as foretold.

Rehearsals:
Rehearsals will commence on Sunday 16 February2020 with a read-through and introduction of cast/production team/crew. Rehearsals will then be:

Tuesday’s 7pm to 10pm
Thursday’s 7pm to 10pm
Sunday’s 2pm to 5pm

Performances:
Thurs 30 April (8pm), Friday 1st May (8pm), Sat 2 May (2pm & 8pm)
Thurs May 7 (8pm), Fri May 8 (8pm), Sat May 9 (twilight 4pm)


Job payment

This job is unpaid


RICHARD WINTHROP (Male) 28+

Comes across as a rather bad-tempered looking man, He is married to Elsie, the marriage is not going well, and they are looking for a fresh start apart. He likes to try to take control of the situation and is fairly aggressive at the start.
On for all 3 Acts.

Females, aged 28 and over

ELSIE WINTHROP (Female) 25+

A somewhat sulky girl married to Richard. Now looking for a separation, does not really get on with Richard and snaps lots of answers back to him.
On for all 3 Acts.

Females, aged 25 and over

SAUL HODGKIN (Male) 50+

The station-master and general gofer of the station staff. Saul is a short, bearded older man, dressed in a worn out-of-date uniform, been at the station for a long time. He clearly does not want anyone to stay, and happily relates a Ghost Story.
Act 1 and a couple of lines in Act 3.

Females, aged 48 and over

CHARLES MURDOCK (Male) 25+

A good-looking young man in his mid-twenties but has lost his job due to the 1920's crash. He intends to leave England in a week to seek new work, leaving Peggy his new wife behind.
On for all 3 Acts.

Females, aged 25 and over

PEGGY MURDOCK (Female) 20+

A pretty girl in her 20s, just married that day to Charles who will be leaving her in a week. Dressed in "splendid new clothes" and clearly wanting to be in the Exeter Hotel on her Honeymoon rather than stuck in the Station.
On for all 3 Acts.

Females, aged 19 and over

MISS BOURNE (Female) 50+

An elderly lady, carrying a large parrot-cage with a concealed Parrot, can be played slightly dotty, and happily falls asleep in Act 2 and misses nearly all of Act 3. Wakes up only at the end of Act 3 for the last punch line.
Acts 1 and 2 and two lines in Act 3.

Females, aged 50 and over

TEDDIE DEAKIN (Male) 25+

A fashionable young man, complete with eyeglass and a long cigarette holder, He has caused the train to stop, and receives a lot of complaints, but is constantly cheerful and tries to keep the whole party going. But has a secret identity which is revealed in Act 3.
On for all 3 Acts.

Males, aged 25 and over

JULIA PRICE (Female) 28+

She is young to middle aged and is dressed in a beautiful evening dress and wearing an opera cloak. She arrives at the station during Act 2 wanting to see the ghostly apparition go through the station.
On for Acts 2 and 3

Females, aged 28 and over

HERBERT PRICE (Male) 60+

An elderly, clean-shaven man, in evening dress. Father of Julia, comes looking for her with John Sterling anxious to find her.
On for Acts 2 and 3

Males, aged 60 and over

JOHN STERLING (Male) 30+

A tall thin man, in evening dress. Introduces himself as a Doctor, a friend of Herbert both wanting to find Julia and take her away from the Station. Both are surprised to see others at the Station
Acts 2 and 3

Males, aged 29 and over

JACKSON (Male) 25+

A Police Constable, helps apprehend the villains of the play. Arrives near the end of Act 3 and has only a few lines.
Act 3 a few lines only.

Males, aged 25 and over

About the advertiser
  • Located in South Australia, Australia
  • Joined January, 2009
Email verified

Previous audition:
Open Audition for London Dancers

Next audition:
Two Actors for an Action Comedy Short Film - Sydney

Listing created: 12 September 2019
Applications closed: 18 October 2019
Casting #1031739
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