Back Alley Productions Holds Auditions For Deathtrap

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Back Alley Productions is holding auditions for "Deathtrap," a thriller comedy complete with murder, betrayal and plot twists (with jokes). Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Mars Theater, 117 N. Chattanooga St. in Lafayette. The show is directed by Zack Jordan. 

Plot for Deathtrap:
Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney's plan, which he devises with his wife's help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.

Performances will be July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  Those who audition should be sure to be available for the performance dates.

The first cast meeting will be Friday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. Rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Some cast members will not be called for every rehearsal. 

Character Breakdown:
Sidney Bruhl (M, 40s- early 50s) - Formerly successful playwright struggling creatively and financially. Hatches a plot to murder Clifford and steal his script.
Myra Bruhl (F, 40s) - Sidney's wife. Encourages him to collaborate with Clifford on his play, and discourages Sidney from murdering Clifford to steal his script.
Clifford Anderson (M, 20s-30s) - Affable young playwright. Student in Sidney's seminar who writes a script that Sidney thinks is a sure-fire hit.
Helga Ten Dorp (F, Any age) - German psychic house-sitting for the Bruhls' neighbors. Suspects foul play.
Porter Milgrim (M, 40s-50s) - Sidney's friend and attorney.

Auditions will be cold reads of scenes from the script; participants will not need to have anything prepared. Auditions will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Participants only need to attend one night.

There will not be callbacks for this show, and the director would like to give those auditioning the opportunity to read with as many others as possible. The more people who are there around the same time, the better.

If unavailable during the audition nights, but would like to audition, please email backalleyperformances@gmail.com as soon as possible, to work out an appointment. 




Robert Earl Keen Kicks Off His Tour At The Tivoli Nov. 27

Americana Troubadour Robert Earl Keen will bring his upcoming show to the Tivoli Theater on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available here .  Review for Robert Earl Keen: Before Keen hits the Vegas stage with George Strait or the road with Lyle Lovett in 2018, he'll be kicking off his final tour of 2017. The 19 stop "REK's Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree ... (click for more)

Christmas At Covenant Is Dec. 7-8

Covenant College’s annual Christmas celebration is set for Thursday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 8. Free tickets are available on the college's website for the concerts in the chapel, and VIP parking can be reserved for $5.  The concert will focus on the theme, “Marvelous in Our Eyes,” which calls attention to the fact that our appropriate response to reflecting on Christ’s ... (click for more)

Longest-Serving County Official Knowles Is First In Line To Sign Up For New Term

Bill Knowles is one of the longest-serving officials in Hamilton County history, and he's not through yet. County clerk since 1974, he was the first in line on Friday morning to pick up his petition for re-election. Then he beat everyone back with the completed form. Mr. Knowles said, "I ran in 1974 on a campaign of ending the long tag lines. We put in a tag by mail system ... (click for more)

River Gorge Explorer Will Log Final Cruises In January

After operating on the Tennessee River for more than nine years, Aquarium President and CEO Keith Sanford informed staff and volunteers that cruise operations aboard the River Gorge Explorer will be ending in January. “After developing a new strategic plan and carefully evaluating the Aquarium’s resources, we have decided to stop operating the boat,” said Mr. Sanford. “We are ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Should Be Problem Solvers Around The City

Re: Roy Exum’s “Stay, Signal Mountain, Stay”  Well this article is something to think about. I think the split could go either way, and Signal Mountain schools would still flourish, as they have done for the past several years. What I'm worried about is why Signal Mountain has not yet had the guts to go be problem solvers at Howard, or Tyner, or Central. Why do ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Would I Vote?

I don’t know what to think or who to believe in the debacle surrounding Alabama’s Roy Moore and his quest for a Senate seat. I have no earthly idea what he did or how he acted 40 years ago. Heck, I can’t remember what I did or how I acted 40 years ago but I do recall I kissed some minors back then. To be real honest, they were the only ones that would let me, this because I was ... (click for more)