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Merchant of Venice (Mudds Youth) - June 23rd

Arsenic and Old Lace - June 24th

Murder, Medium Rare - June 30th



Merchant of Venice (Mudds Youth) - June 23rd

The Mudds Youth will be attacking Shakespeare yet again this fall, with Merchant of Venice.

The play is a complex one, combining elements of a romantic comedy - three different suitors seek the hand of the beautiful heiress Portia - with a dramatic examination of the nature of humanity. It is best known for Shylock and the famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" and Portia's speech about "the quality of mercy".

Directed by Mark Piper (who has directed eight Youth Shakespeare productions in the past for the Mudds) the company will hold rehearsals twice weekly throughout July, August, and September (with allowance for short absences during summer vacation) with production, in the round (Stratfordian style) in the Carleton Place Town Hall on the second and third weekends in October.

Ten (or more) actors, 13 to 17 years of age (with some parts possible for younger or slightly older performers), are needed, for the following roles:

Antonio a prominent merchant of Venice in a melancholic mood
Shylock a Jewish moneylender; father of Jessica
Portia a rich heiress of Belmont
Bassanio Antonio's younger friend and Portia's suitor
Nerissa Portia's waiting maid
Gratiano Bassanio's (and to a lesser extent, Antonio's) loud-mouth friend
Jessica Shylock's daughter, and later, Lorenzo's wife
Lorenzo another young friend of Antonio, later Jessica's husband
Gobbo manservant, first to Shylock, and later to Bassanio
Duke of Venice ruler of Venice, presiding and Antonio and Shylock's trial
Tubal a Jewish moneylender; friend of Shylock
Prince of Morocco Portia's suitor
Prince of Aragon Portia's suitor

(Some doubling may be done for smaller parts.)

Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 23, between 11 am and 3 pm, at St. James Anglican Church, 225 Edmund St. (corner of Bell St.), Carleton Place. If you can't make that time, a special audition time can be arranged.

Please send an email to the general Mudds contact email address via the Mudds website at

or to Mark Piper at

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for more details.


Arsenic and Old Lace - June 24th

Directed by: Jesse Gibbons


Auditions for “Arsenic And Old Lace”, a classic dark farce (a straight play, not a musical) about sweet old ladies murdering lonely old gentlemen with arsenic-spiked wine, will be held Sunday, June 24th, 2018, CP Arena, lower level from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

We are looking for adult actors to play the following roles:

Martha Brewster, 50’s/60’s, female, lead

Teddy Brewster, 40’s/50’s, male, lead

Elaine Harper, 20’s, female, supporting

Officer Klein, 20’s – 40’s, male, supporting

Officer Brophy, 30’s – 60’s, male, supporting

The Rev. Dr. Harper/Lt. Rooney, 40’s/50’s, male, supporting

Mr. Gibbs/Mr. Witherspoon, 50’s/60’s, male, supporting.

The show will be presented at the Town Hall on Friday, September 21, Saturday, September 22, Friday, September 28, Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, at 8 pm and Sunday, September 23 and September 30, 2018 at 2 pm.

Rehearsals will run through July and August and into September, two hours per rehearsal, two rehearsals a week.

Auditionees will be asked to give a reading (or two) from the script.

If you’re interested in auditioning, contact either

Robert Horne (Producer) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Adam Pelletier (Co-Producer) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

for the date and time


Murder, Medium Rare - June 30th


If you are 19+ do come out to the murder mystery auditions! Even if you’re not sure you want to be in the show, it would be good for everyone to have you there, especially for the improv possibilities.  And as they are on June 30 in the morning, it will help you get in the mood for the Canada Day celebrations!


Auditions June 30 from 9am to noon, held at the St. James church hall on 225 Edmund St., Carleton Place.


10 to 12 rehearsals, show dates are November 2 and 3. Rehearsal days TBD after discussions with the cast.


At this point I should remark that there is a lot of interaction between the cast and the audience in this show. Don’t be scared! It’s a lot of fun!


Tony Scott (Director) 613 253-2007

What follows is a description of Murder, Medium Rare and the cast of characters for your enjoyment. No singing in this one. Let’s begin with the characters.


Marjorie: Forties or older. Flamboyant. Author of several best-selling books on cooking and entertaining. Not nice, she inspires fear.

Jeffrey: Marj’s younger husband. A nice guy; a charmer with the ladies; loves KIM.

Kim: Twenties. Works for the caterer. Loves Jeff. Not too bright and definitely not a virgin.

Chef Roberto: Thirties and up. Very dramatic and volatile - Italian accent.  A flirt, it’s BLANCHE he craves.

Blanche: Works for the caterer. Nurses a broken heart. One year ago tonight her fiancee was killed by a hit-and -run.

Milton: Any age. Works for the caterer. Class A dweeb. Hopelessly enamoured of KIM who can barely tolerate him.

Detective Jo(e): Blunt, ambitious and hard hitting.

Detective Hank: A nice guy, he gives everyone the the benefit of the doubt.


NB The detectives could be female.



The Suspects Gather


So do the audience - BLANCHE, KIM and MILTON try to be helpful. ROBERTO works the room.

Joe & Hank enter looking out of place.

MARJ & JEFF make an impactful entrance, and get fawned on. ROBERTO introduces MARJ to the room. She remarks how she loves ‘barrelling’ - that is seeing how many traffic cones she can hit in her special Cadillac.


At this point BLANCHE shrieks and faints because it reminds her how her fiancee, Chuck, died. She becomes the centre of attention for a while, and repulses ROBERTO’s help.


And so on…


Following dinner, a crime will occur. The tecs investigate by interrogating each suspect, who lie about motives, whereabouts, etc. The audience will help the tecs catch them out. After this the audience can question the suspects  and offer solutions on a guess sheet.


Following dessert and balloting, a solution scene is played.




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So You Want to Audition


First of all, that’s terrific! Good for you!


Mudds auditions vary on how they are run from show to show, Director to Director. You should always make sure to read the instructions for the specific show all the way through. There is nothing worse than arriving at an audition and finding out you were supposed to have sheet music, a monologue or a song prepared, that you missed in the instructions.


Most Mudds adult performances work on a scheduled audition. You will be asked to contact the organizer to arrange for a time for your audition. Usually, the audition itself can range from bringing in a prepared song and/or monologue, learning a specific song either from the show or a similar piece of music, or possibly a reading from the show.


It’s important that you take the time to learn the piece to help vanquish any nerves you may be feeling.


There are generally 3-5 very nice people on the audition panel. These can include:


  • The Director

  • The Music Director

  • The Producer

  • The Accompanist

  • Others, at the Directors behest

Youth and children’s auditions can vary depending on the Director and the show. Again, the children may be asked to audition in much the same format as the adult auditions described above. However, in many cases, there may be a group audition which can be much less intimidating for children. Particularly those who have not had a great deal of experience auditioning.


Just remember, the Mudds endeavor to encourage and support all members of the community in all areas of theatre. If you have questions about the process or concerns, please contact the rehearsal organizer or any member of the Mudds board.


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