Auditions for “Night Must Fall” at Ojai Art Center Theater to be held November 16 & 17

The play opens 80th Season and is directed by Richard Camp.
Celebrating 80 years in 2019
The Ojai Art Center Theater announces auditions for Night Must Fall
This is a revival of the first play ever done at the Art Center in 1939, to kick off our 80th Anniversary celebration.
Auditions on Friday November 16, 7-9 p.m. Saturday November 17, 1:30-4:00 pm. Callbacks, if necessary, Monday, November 19, 7 pm. At the Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St. Ojai, CA
(Ojai, CA – November 8, 2018)

The Ojai Art Center Theater and director Richard Camp announce auditions for Night Must Fall, the first production of the 2019 theater season. It’s an Agatha Christie type murder mystery, set in an old manor house in England. Dan, a bell hop who arrives at the Bramson bungalow, may have already murdered one woman and there is little doubt that he will soon try to murder another: the aged Mrs. Bramson herself. He skillfully insinuates himself into her affections while attempting to seduce her suspicious niece Olivia from exposing his diabolical intentions. And though she professes loathing, Olivia is attracted and fascinated by Dan. This link to the film version’s trailer will acquaint yourself with the style:

Auditions by appointment only. Please email director Richard Camp at [email protected] to set up an appointment.

Performances are February 15 – March 10—Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:00.  Rehearsals begin in December, dates and times tba.

For Auditions: 
Please bring a head shot and a resume.
Character Breakdown:  ALL ROLES OPEN 

MRS. BRAMSON is a fussy, discontented woman, 55-65, old-fashioned both in clothes and coiffure; she is pouty, and self-serving, a hypochondriac who moves around in a wheelchair, although later in the play we see her walking around plain as day.  She is the mistress of the manor and demands to be treated as such. 

NURSE LIBBY is a kindly, matter-of-fact young woman in district nurse’s uniform.  Cheerful, perhaps overly.

OLIVIA GRAYNE is a subdued young woman, late 20’s, early 30’s, her hair tied severely in a knot, wearing horn-rimmed spectacles.  Later, she flirts with danger, lets her hair down and takes off her glasses, in the time-honored wallflower turns into a rose transformation. 

HUBERT LAURIE is mid to late 30’s, moustached, hearty, and pompous, wearing plus fours and smoking a pipe.  He is in love with Olivia and has proposed to her.  Olivia finds him… boring. 

MRS. TERENCE is the cook, middle-aged, Cockney, and fearless.  No-nonsense, and takes no huff from anyone. 

DORA is a young maid, nervous, knocked up, and naïve.

BELSIZE is an entirely inconspicuous man in his 50’s, dressed in tweeds: his suavity hides any amount of strength.  He is a police officer who is tasked with finding the source of a murder.

DAN (20’s, 30’s) who oozes charm, with a veneer of danger.  His personality varies very considerably as the play proceeds: the impression he gives at the moment is one of totally disarming good humor and childlike unself-consciousness. It would need a very close observer to suspect that there is something wrong somewhere—that this personality is completely assumed.  Olivia finds him… definitely not boring.

Sides will be available on our website:

About the Director:

Richard Camp is the Artistic Director of the Ojai Art Center Theater, as well as Artistic Director of the Ojai Performing Arts Theater Foundation (OPAT).  His directing credits include two madcap farces at the OACT, Black Comedy  and See How They Run, along with Zero Hour, the one-man show about Zero Mostel, starring John Medeiros, and 33 Variations in 2018.  Other directorial credits in regional theatres include Hair, Plaza Suite,Luv and a stage version of The Ballad of Cat Ballou.  He’s written a host of TV shows in nearly every genre, and is a three-time Emmy nominee and Emmy winner (NBC’s Hot Hero Sandwich).  He was also awarded a Writers Guild Citation for the CBS daytime drama, Capitol.  

His playwriting credits include Diamonds, at NY’s Circle in the Square Theatre, directed by Harold Prince, Cuckoo Bird at NY’s Vortex Theatre, (also directed), Waiting for Garbo at LA’s Colony Studio Theatre, and stagings of Credo, at LA’s Odyssey Theatre with Jean Smart, also at L.A.’s Coronet Theatre with Bruce Davison, and Bless Your Heart at the OACT, with Betsy Randle and John Slade, directed by Laurie Walters. Richard is also the wine columnist for the Ojai Valley News and in his non-theatrical work, produced numerous shows for the Food Network, which considerably upgraded his palate.

About the Ojai Art Center Theater…

The Ojai Art Center is the longest continuously-operating multi-disciplinary center serving the arts in the State of California. Opened in 1939, the Center has eight branches for the various art disciplines. The Theater Branch presents a variety of dramatic productions, ranging from comedy to drama and musicals, annually. The branch has its own directors and monthly meetings to address all theater-related issues. The Artistic Director annually screens proposals for future productions and presents a tentative schedule for approval to the Center’s Board of Directors.

Ojai Art Center is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Ojai Art Center Theater is located inside the Art Center at:
113 South Montgomery Street
Ojai, California 93023

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