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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Auditions

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Auditions

November 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

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November 17 & 18 (7:00-10:00 p.m.)

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Volunteer actors of any gender, race, ethnicity, age, language, disability/ability, sexual orientation and gender-identification are encouraged to audition. Should you need accommodations for your audition, such as an interpreter or wheelchair assistance, please email For all other questions related to the audition, contact



Please arrive to the TCR lobby no earlier than 6:30 p.m. to check in and to fill out an audition form. Be prepared to state all potential rehearsal conflicts. You need only attend one night of auditions, then callbacks if requested. Auditions won’t necessarily go until 10:00 p.m. if things move quickly.

  • Sunday, November 17 – 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 
  • Monday, November 18 – 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 
  • Potential Callbacks: Tuesday, November 19 – Evening

Callbacks for specific roles will be announced the morning of November 19 on the TCR website and Facebook page.


  • VIDEO AUDITIONS: Though your chances are always better if you can attend in person, if you cannot attend, please feel free to submit a video audition by Monday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. The video should show the song you choose. With your video, please send your rehearsal conflicts. Send all to
    • Please prepare a memorized verse and chorus (16-32 bars or, basically, 60-90 seconds) of a legit/classical piece from an opera or musical theatre and prepare to perform it in a comedic way. Or bring any comedic piece you know, but sung with classical/legit/mix technique. Check out the 2014 Tony performance or listen to the soundtrack for an example.
    • Your song should be accompanied, not acapella. Your options for this include:
      • Bring sheet music (TCR will provide an accompanist).
      • Play the accompaniment for yourself from your phone or tablet
      • You can bring a CD but they are often glitchy so sheet music is more reliable.
      • Have questions or need help? Check out Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page.
  • READING/SIDES: Your singing audition is absolutely part of your acting audition, but you will also be asked to do cold readings from the script (scripts available in the box office for check out!). Try the appropriate dialect/accent if you can.
  • DANCE: Though there is some dance in the show, there will be no dance audition.


  • First Read/Orientation: TBD
  • Promotional Shots: December 10th, 5:30 p.m.
  • Rehearsals: Some rehearsals and coaching take place starting mid December but rehearsals become more regular after the holidays. Rehearsals tend to be weeknights between 6:30-10:00 with some possible weekend rehearsals (pending actor availability).
  • Tech Rehearsal: Sunday, February 2 (full day – Saturday the 1st is OFF for actors)
  • Performances:
    • Fri. February 7 @ 7:30 pm
    • Sat. February 8 @ 7:30 pm
    • Sun. February 9 @ 2:30 pm
    • Thu. February 13 @ 7:30 pm – Potential added performance
    • Fri. February 14 @ 7:30 pm
    • Sat. February 15 @ 7:30 pm
    • Sun. February 16 @ 2:30 pm
    • Thu. February 20 @ 7:30 pm – Potential added performance
    • Fri. February 21 @ 7:30 pm
    • Sat. February 22 @ 7:30 pm
    • Sun. February 23 @ 2:30 pm
    • Thu. February 27 @ 7:30 pm – Potential added performance
    • Fri. February 28 @ 7:30 pm – Potential added performance
    • Sat. February 29 @ 7:30 pm – Potential added performance
    • Sun. March 1 @ 2:30 pm – Potential added performance


  • MONTAGUE “MONTY” NAVARRO. Male. Handsome, clever, charismatic, vulnerable, and endearing. Discovers he is in line to become the Earl of Highhurst, and intends to kill off the family that stands in his way.
  • MISS SHINGLE. Female. Monty’s unexpected visitor.
  • SIBELLA HALLWARD. Female. The girl Monty loves.
  • PHOEBE D’YSQUITH. Female. Monty’s cousin.
  • THE D’YSQUITH FAMILY. These roles all played by one actor. Male.
    • ASQUITH D’YSQUITH, JR. A dandy.
    • LORD ADLABERT D’YSQUITH. Eighth Earl of Highhurrst.
    • LORD ADLABERT D’YSQUITH, SR. An elderly banker.
    • HENRY D’YSQUITH. A country squire.
    • LADY HYACINTH D’YSQUITH. A benefactress.
    • CHAUNCEY D’YSQUITH. A janitor.
  • WOMAN #1 (ENSEMBLE). Mourner; Tour Guide; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Pub Owner’s Wife; Mrs. Pebworth; Phoebe’s Maid; 3rd Newsboy; Tailor; Selina Chard (Servant); Flower Girl
  • WOMAN #2 (ENSEMBLE). Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Mrs. Hetherington; 4th Newsboy; Tailor; Lady Eugenia D’Ysquith; Flower Girl
  • WOMAN #3 (ENSEMBLE). Mourner; Sibella’s maid; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Miss Evangeline Barley; Bridesmaid; Miss Hayes; Tailor; Hilda (Servant); Flower Girl
  • MAN #1 (ENSEMBLE). Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 2nd Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Tom Copley; Dr. Brownlee; 1st Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 3rd Actor; Ancestral Bust; Walter (Servant); Dr. Pettibone (Medical Examiner); Prison Guard
  • MAN #2 (ENSEMBLE). Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 1st Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Owner; Mr. Cross; 2nd Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 1st Actor; Lord Asquith’s Physician; Ancestral Bust; Mr. Waters (Servant); Chief Inspector Pinckney
  • MAN #3 (ENSEMBLE). Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Patron; Henry’s Employee; Mr. Goodsall; 2nd Actor; Alfred Gorby (Butler); Lord High Steward (voiceover); Magistrate

Need Help Finding Music?

  • Accompaniment Tracks Tips
    • Bring your track on a CD or on your phone. Make sure you know what time in the music you want to start singing, so you can start your track just before you want to sing in the music. If you cannot use your phone, we might be able to pull it up for you on our devices but no guarantees. We will have a working CD player.
    • Places to find tracks:
      • Youtube – You may find free tracks on YouTube for many songs. Since we will have the ability to play from your phone, you can play a YouTube karaoke video to sing with for your audition. On Youtube there are often great tracks for free that you can use.
      • Spotify – You can search for and play karaoke tracks from your phone.
      • Itunes – Itunes has lots of karaoke tracks. Search for your song title and the work “karaoke” and if they have a track it will come up. You will have to purchase the track, but typically they are only about $1-$2.
      • Amazon Music – Amazon digital music sells lots of karaoke tracks too. Just search for your song and the word “karaoke” on Amazon and if they have a track it will come up. Amazon may also bring up an entire karaoke album, but you should be able to just buy one track. Amazon tracks are also usually $1-$2.
  • Sheet MusicTips
    • Make sure that you bring in sheet music that is in the same key that you’ve been practicing in.
    • Please make sure that all the music is visible. The accompanist needs the bottom of the music as well as the top (where the melody line is). Also, please make sure that the copy you bring is clear and not blurry.
    • A photocopy or printed sheets are preferable to a bound book, as it can be hard for the accompanist to keep the book open. It is also preferable to put your sheets into a binder, so the accompanist can easily turn the pages.
    • Places to purchase sheet music:
        • – though there are lots of places to buy sheet music online, music notes tends to have the best selection and features. When you purchase sheet music from musicnotes, you can choose what key you want the music in, so you can print it at the place you like to sing it, and each purchase includes access to the digital version of the music you bought that will play on the musicnotes player, that allows you to practice with the music you are bringing into the audition!
        • If you can’t find what you are looking for at musicnotes, here are a few others to try: Sheet Music Plus, Sheet Music Direct, Sheet Music Now.