THE MUSICAL COMEDY MUDERS OF 1940 by John Bishop auditions are in just a few weeks!


Date & Time: December 4 & 5 7:00PM

Location: Carmel Community Players Warehouse,

510 3rd Avenue SW, Suite D

Carmel,IN. 46032

How to Prepare: Actors will be asked to cold-read from the script. Please bring a headshot, if you have one, a theatrical resume/bio, and a list of all conflicts between January 9th- March 5th.

If you have any questions, or you would like a copy of the rehearsal calendar or script, please contact the director, Elizabeth Ruddell elizabethruddell@gmail.com.


February 24, 7:30 curtain

February 25, 7:30 curtain

February 26, 7:30 curtain

March 2, 7:30 curtain

March 3, 7:30 curtain

March 4, 7:30 curtain

March 5, 2:30 curtain


The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways, and a German maid —all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors, and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the “Slasher” unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric, and refreshingly irreverent wit.

ROLES TO BE CAST: (Listed in order of appearance—all characters of any ethnicity). All roles are available.

5 men and 5 women, 1 tbd.

Helsa Wenzel -the maid of the Grossenknueten estate. Stage age 30-50.

Elsa Von Grossenknueten - flighty eccentric owner of the mansion and financial backer of many musicals.Stage age 30-40

Michael Kelly - New York undercover cop . Stage age 30-50

Patrick O’Reilly - Irish tenor....or is he? Stage age 20-40

Ken De La Maize - Broadway and Hollywood director. Stage age 30-40

Nikki Crandall- chorus girl, sings. stage age 20-30

Eddie McCuen- comic (think Bob Hope,Phil Silvers), sings.Stage age 20-30

Majorie Baverstock- Rich Broadway backer. Stage age 40-50

Roger Hopewell- Composer of Broadway hits, Stage age 30-50

Bernice Roth - The perpetual thirsty lyricist,partner of Roger. Stage age 30-50.

Mysterious person in black - who is it? Must be able to perform physical comedy.