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July 28-29, by appointment only
Call the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209 to schedule an audition appointment.
Company Meeting: Friday, August 1
First Rehearsal: Monday, August 4
Rehearsals: Monday-Friday, based on the actors’ availability. Some weekend rehearsals.
Tech Days: September 6 & 7
Dress Rehearsals: September 8 & 9
Performances: September 11-14 & 18-21 | Previews: Wednesday, September 10
(Performances are at 7:30 PM with a 2:00 PM Sunday matinee)
MATERIAL TO PREPARE
Director | DENNIS GLEASON
Stage Manager | SHARON TIEKEN
See the world’s best-selling mystery of all time! In Agatha Christie’s superlative mystery comedy—originally titled Ten Little Indians—ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Soldier Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they start to die…
Ages or physical descriptions are subject to change.
- Fred Narracott–A milk boy who delivers shipments of supplies/groceries to the guests on Soldier Island. Fred is not a country bumpkin, but is simple and likes simple country life. He is friendly, helpful, cheery, and sees the good in everything. He appears onstage at the beginning of the play and is mentioned throughout as the other characters wait for him to arrive with more supplies and a boat. He is the only character who does not attend the party at Mr. and Mrs. Owen’s house.
- Anthony Marston–A vain, selfish, 23-year-old man, born into wealth, with little thought to the troubles of others. A playboy who likes to be pampered, Anthony is narcissistic, a little dense, and out for a good time. He is accused of running over two children as they ran into the street. He openly admits this crime, yet feels no guilt about it. It was just “beastly bad luck” for him.
- Mrs. Ethel Rogers–A middle-aged woman who is employed by Mr. and Mrs. Owen to serve the guests on the island. She is quick to temper or complaints and feels overwhelmed. She and her husband are accused of murdering their previous employer, Jennifer Brady, for their own financial gain.
- General MacKenzie–A retired World War I veteran who, though still proud, is losing his grip on reality. He is an upright, soldierly man with a tired face, as he has experienced much. He is little lost and vulnerable, and his haunted by his past. Despite his military past, MacKenzie is soft spoken underneath, resigned to death, and averse to war or conflict. He appears aloof and detached to the other guests. He is accused of deliberately sending his late wife’s lover, Arthur Richmond, on a suicide mission in war.
- Mr. Thomas Rogers–A competent middle-aged manservant married to Mrs. Rogers who appears too good for his job, yet remains dutiful—the perfect servent. He is quick and deft, and sometimes appears shady to the other characters. Upon learning there is a killer on the island, he acts cowardly and becomes suspicious of the others as others suspect him. He is accused of the same crime as his wife, and is murdered with an axe while chopping firewood.
- Emily Caroline Brent–A pretentious, prim, righteous, unyielding, and a religious old spinster who despises the younger generation and is not afraid to express her disgust. Overly moral and harsh, Emily does not like to take the easy way out or to be idle. She is judgmental, uptight, and constantly berates Vera’s “revealing” clothing and modern mannerisms. She is accused of dismissing her young governess, Beatrice Taylor, for getting pregnant on the job. The maid later committed suicide, killing herself and the unborn child.
- Sir Lawrence John Wargrave–A renowned Justice of the Peace (known as the “hanging judge”) who has mercilessly accused and condemned numerous people to death. His only concern in life is to ensure that justice is fulfilled–no matter what. He is a domineering figure, and though he is reserved, he demands the respect of any room he enters. He is decisive, likes his way, and is used to being obeyed. The other guests consider him their leader (a role to which he is accustomed) in trying to uncover the killer, and Wargrave is shrewd enough to take advantage of their trust. He is accused of sending an innocent man (Edward Seton) to death row by single-handedly changing the mind of every member of the jury.
- Dr. Edward George Armstrong–A good-looking, accomplished, hardworking, but overworked/tired physician of around 44. He is a former alcoholic who has great respect for Wargrave. He has come to the island for a break from his stressful life as a doctor. A workaholic who is also willing to take a leadership role, Armstrong feels lucky to still have his job and reputation. He is accused of accidentally killing a patient, Louisa Marie Clees, on the operating table because he was drunk at the time; his hands were shaking.
- William Henry Blore–A middle-aged, blustery, thickset detective who believes he has been invited to the island to observe the other guests. His alias is a man from South Africa named Davis; however his cover is blown by Lombard who knows South Africa well and sees through his feeble lies. Bigger than life and barreling through everything, Blore is loud, exuberant, and very quick to accuse the other guests. He is accused of planting false evidence in order to make an arrest; the man in question later died in prison.
- Philip Lombard–An attractive, confident, cocky, and humorous man in his 30′s who is hired to come to the island. He immediately takes a romantic interest in Vera. He has a relaxed air of adventure about him, likes attention, carries a gun, and remains laid back throughout the majority of his stay on the island. He constantly cracks jokes, trying to lighten the black and serious mood. However, Lombard does possess an ingrained sense of goodness and morality that he reveals later on. He is accused of deliberately leaving 21 natives to die in Africa while he escaped to safety. However, he was actually “for once, playing the hero,” trying to save his men; he lies initially to the other guests simply, “to see the looks on their faces.”
Vera Elizabeth Claythorne–A good-looking woman in her 20′s (and former governess) who is hired by Mr. and Mrs. Owen as their secretary. She is well-liked and grateful for her job, but gets flustered and needs protection. She is sweet and yet understated, and very much a romantic. She is the most naïve and innocent character, and takes things very literally. While Lombard “flirts outrageously,” she is more reserved, though clearly fancies him just as much. She was accused of negligence when the child she was paid to watch swims out too far and drowns. However, his death was not truly her fault, but rather that of the child’s uncle, whom she was in love with at the time. She frequently has flashbacks to her crime.
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