‘Garden Party’ auditions slated

Master Mystery Productions will hold auditions Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, from 5-7 p.m. at Red Rock Books for a revival of “The Last Garden Party.”

The production will be staged in June at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

Monica Dwyer will direct a revised version of the show in honor of MMP’s fifth anniversary. Online fans voted to bring back “The Last Garden Party; or How a Lady Keeps Her Poise Around Corpses,” a Victorian-themed murder-mystery-comedy.

The play is set at the end of Queen Victoria’s reign. “Phoebe Walliscroft, the young second wife of ‘the only wealthy peer left in England,’ throws a garden party at their country estate while her husband is abroad,” said playwright Daniel Stallings.

“But her party is not going according to plan. First, the village peerage doesn’t respect her since she’s ‘just an American.’ Second, the party is dominated by Phoebe’s new and wildly eccentric in-laws. Third, there’s a skeleton under the croquet set … just as they are about play a game!

“As her troublesome in-laws-turned-suspects trade quips, insults and suspicions, Phoebe and the rest of her guests attempt to piece together this puzzling problem...before this garden party becomes their last.”

Stallings described the revision, which features new characters, scenes and solutions, as an Oscar-Wilde-meets-Sherlock-Holmes story.

Roles are available for five women and three men. Actors must be 15 or older, and anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Auditioners will be asked to read from the script. All levels of experience are welcome.

According to Stallings, rehearsals dates will be finalized after auditions.

If you are interested in auditioning, but are unable to make the audition dates, contact mastermysteryproductions@hotmail.com.

Story First Published: 2020-02-21