Auditions for "Musical Comedy Murders of 1940"

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts

About the project and the company

RCF announces auditions for John Bishop’s hilarious murder mystery, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” directed by Cody Tumlin, running Sept 9-25, 2022.

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 cast of characters who are never who they seem to be–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.

Location of Audition

The Red Curtain Arts Center is located at 9315 State Ave #J in Marysville, WA. We are in the same shopping center as Goodwill, with our entrance around the back of the building, behind the beauty school.

Audition requirements

Auditions will be held July 12 and 13 in an "open audition" format--all actors should plan to arrive by 6:00pm and stay through the evening, ending no later than 10:00pm. The audition will consist of cold readings form the script and some improv activities. No prepared monologues required. Please submit your head shot and resume separately to prior to the audition date. All roles are available. Red Curtain encourages non-traditional casting in our shows, and promotes color-conscious and gender blind casting, in accordance with our publisher's contract. Age and gender listed below are for the character, and not necessarily the actor playing them.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Elsa von Grossenknuten
The Backer (Age Range: 40-60) Gender: Female             Wealthy. Elitist, but real. Elsa's family has owned the manor where the play takes place for many generations. Strong and not afraid of hard work. Proud of her Bavarian heritage.
The Maid (Age Range: 25-35) Gender: Open             Speaks with a German accent and more than a little mysterious. Appears onstage in undergarments. Physical role.
Michael Kelly
An undercover NYPD Police Sergeant (Age Range: 35-60) Gender: Male             Black (or other ethnic minority). Tough with no sense of humor.
Patrick O'Reilly
An “Irish” Tenor (Age Range: 25+) Gender: Male             Irish, New York and German accents...who is O'Reilly?? Will possibly appear in underwear onstage. Physical role.
Ken De La Maize
The Director (Age Range: 35+) Gender: Male             Handsome and embodies Hollywood. Bombastic and egotistical with a slightly mysterious way about him. Boastful. Physical role.
Nikki Crandall
The Ingenue (Age Range: 20s) Gender: Female             Beautiful and athletic chorus girl, Nikki is smarter than she lets on.
Eddie McCuen
The Comedian (Age Range: Late 20s to mid 30s) Gender: Male             Energetic, fast-talking funny man. He has no idea how he landed this audition. Physical role.
Marjorie Baverstock
The Producer (Age Range: 35-65) Gender: Female             In love with being part of the movie business. She is elitist and dressed to the nines.   
Roger Hopewell
The Composer (Age Range: 35-65) Gender: Male             Might need to play piano. Flamboyant (might be gay?) and high-strung.
Bernice Roth
The Lyricist (Age Range: 35-65) Gender: Female             Gypsy-like and free spirited. Bernice is an artiste, flighty, and found of a good gin and tonic. Physical role.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

July 12 and 13, 2022

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Audition location

Marysville WA

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Callbacks or second audition/interview?


Submission instructions

Register online at

Union Requirements


Equity Contract