Wait Until Dark Auditions

Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Circle Theatre Players announces open auditions for Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott and directed by Val Gray.

Audition dates: Wednesday, November 9, 7-9 PM,
Sunday, November 13, 3-5 PM

Callbacks: Monday November 14, 7-9 PM

TENTATIVE First Read-through: Tuesday, November 29

A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, in which they are much interested, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convict associates, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman’s murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between him and Susy. She knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights, leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends. The time period is early to mid-sixties.

Characters: 6 men, 1 woman, 1 girl. Note: age parameters are guidelines and not necessarily the most important consideration for casting.

Mike Talman (m) 30s to 50s.. Feigning nice demeanor, but a sinister side. Ex-con.

“Sgt.” Carlino (m) 30s to 50s. Another ex-con. Not as clever as Mike. Masquerading as a police sergeant. Over his head in this operation.

Harry Roat, Jr.(m) 30s to 50s. Roat is the brains behind this whole gig. Roat is ruthless, cool and collected. He appears during the play as his father, Harry Roat, Sr. for his own nefarious purposes.

Susy Hendrix (f) mid 20s to mid 30s. Susy is blind, and says she lost her sight in an auto accident. Sharper and more confident (and competent) than her husband knows.

Sam Hendrix (m) Susy’s age within a couple of years. Sam is a photographer. He is a good, loving, supportive husband who tends to underestimate his wife, which we find out during the course of the play.

Gloria (f) about 10 years old. Gloria lives upstairs from Sam and Susy. She is a typical 10-year old, with all attendant brattiness, but she genuinely cares for Sam and Susy.

Policemen (2) (probably male because of the time period of the play) any age short of retirement.

Production dates: March 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 2017. April 1 & 2, 2017.

Rehearsal dates & times TBD based on cast availability.

No appointment necessary.

Questions: Call Val Gray 366-4771 or email jahman48@hotmail.com