Auditions for Murder for Dummies

 02/06/2018 - 20:37
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 7:30pm
5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd.

Saline Area Players announce auditions for Murder for Dummies by Pat Cook.    Auditions are on Friday, February 16, at 7:30 PM (registration at 7PM) at Fifth Corner, 211 Willis Rd, Saline.  No callbacks anticipated.  The show will be performed April 12, 13 & 14. 


These will be open auditions where cast will be asked to do cold readings from the script. Those present are free to read for as many roles as they are interested in. The director will be looking for effective use of facial expressions and body language to effectively convey character and mood, the ability to project and articulate, varied vocal inflection, the ability to react and respond to others and, overall, energy and stage presence. Your real age is less important than your ability to convincingly portray the character


Rehearsals will take at 7 PM on these dates: February19, 20, 22, 26, 28, March 1,5,7,12,13,15,19,22,28,29, and April 2, 3, 4 & 5, plus show week. Actors will be called as needed: 


Please bring a calendar or list of all dates and specific times you will be unavailable for rehearsals between February 19 and April 14th.


Plot Synopsis:  Myron Bernhart, a hen pecked, meek man is a collector of rare books.  His bossy, nagging wife, Marge has decided to sell them against his wishes.   Her cronies from the Civic Arts League assist her in getting the word out. Myron realizes he must do something to stop her, so he sets up the perfect murder. He prepares the “special tea” and waits for Marge to drink it.  Chaos ensues, and the wrong person drinks the tea and dies.  What follows are policemen, blackmailers, in-laws and cronies all wondering, how did she die?  This is a fast-paced comedy with wonderful characters.  Not a lot of physical movement but great for actors that like to be big.


Character Descriptions:  



Marge Bernhart        Critical wife of Myron

Opaline Packer          Penny pinching club member

Jobeth Wallenford    Always hungry club member

Dewitt Gundlechuk   Hypochondriac club member

Myron Bernhart        Hen pecked husband of Marge

Jack Havisham           Marge’s brother and partying pal of Myron


Actors playing these parts may play multiple roles:


Psychiatrist                            Stereotypical German doctor

CSI Agent                               Scientist

Helga “sis” Heindorff                       Marge’s Overbearing sister

Detective                                Detective

Dinah Mumfred                    Book collector

Officer Burkett                      All business   

Lt. Tinkerton                          Soft spoken officer

Serena Brown                        Black mailing book seller

Madison Monroe                   Reporter

Pete Bolivar                           Neighbor

Voice over from backstage (Very little rehearsal time for this person)


Please direct any questions to the director, Wendy Sielaff, at  If you are unable to make the audition date due to conflicts please contact her ahead of time.


Additional information on the website at