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Here is a list of character descriptions. The Director plans to cast a few other actor/tech hands to make the show happen.

Auditions are June 27th and 28th at 6:00 PM at the  Cultural Arts Center, located at 909 S. Saint Andrews Street in Dothan.


CHRIS (Male, any ethnicity)
High status clown. Rigid, uptight, everything really matters. He is the director of the show and this is the biggest day of his life. Everything is riding on this. It is a nerve wracking and exciting night. His pain is evident and every time someone laughs the pain deepens. He has equal amounts of contempt for his fellow actors & the audience watching the play.


ROBERT (Male, any ethnicity)
Wants to be Richard Burton, as evidenced by his declamatory style. He is, however, not a parody of a bad actor. He is unaware of others around him. He does not feel badly when things go wrong and never learns from his mistakes. There is a power struggle between Robert and Chris to be president of the Cornley Poly Drama Society (a position that matters a great deal to Robert). Has real vocal power.


MAX (Male, any ethnicity)
He has never been on stage before. He learned his lines and does exactly what he's told to do. He has zero connection with any of the other actors, but when he gets a laugh he breaks the 4th wall and engages with the audience. Childlike and naïve. His mistakes are fundamental. He doesn't think anything through, just looks for approval.


DENNIS (Male, any ethnicity)
He has no real desire to be involved in the theatre, he just wants to make friends (of which he has none). He believes if he does well in the show, he will be more successful socially. Laughter from the audience is agony for him. He may be slightly oblivious but understands when he gets things wrong. The laughter is a personal tragedy/failure.

TREVOR (Male, any ethnicity)The play’s lighting and sound operator. He simply wants to get on with the show. Curmudgeonly and doesn’t care for actors. He is easily distracted and does many things he shouldn’t, including engaging with the audience. When things go really sideways, he is forced to act in the play. He hates acting.


JONATHAN (Male, any ethnicity)
A bit bland, but sees himself as a James Bond type. Excited and having fun, but not naïve. He technically has to drive the show. He cares about the play, but not to the same extent as the others. Very Physical role.


SANDRA (Female, any ethnicity)
She is vain and possess a huge ego. Wants to be loved. Has ambitions to go to Hollywood and will hurt anyone standing in the way of what she wants but is smart enough to stay on the good side of someone who can help her (like the director). You know the type. The stakes are high for her. Very physical role.


ANNIE (Female, any ethnicity)
The stage manager. She has the biggest journey of any of the characters. When Sandra is indisposed Annie, who cannot bear to be on stage, must step in. Initially terrified by acting, she is willing to kill for it by the end of the play. Her initial terror turns to joy, and then to fury. She starts small but grows and grows.

Performances: Aug. 23-27, 2022
Cultural Arts Center

From Mischief, Broadway masters of comedy, comes the smash hit farce. Welcome to opening night of a university drama society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything, including their lines. Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this Olivier Award–winning comedy is a global phenomenon that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

Recommended for ages 13+. Included with season tickets. Directed by Chris Manasco.

Ticket sales to the general public begin Aug. 8. All seats $20. Purchases may be made at or by phone (334) 794-0400. The SEACT office is open by appointment only.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Reserved seating begins at 6:30 PM. Curtain is at 7:00 PM. Run time is estimated at two hours, plus one intermission.