Archives for January 2016

Laura Auditions: Jan 26th & 27th

Auditions for “Laura” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, January 26-27, at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts from 6 – 8 p.m.  No need to make an appointment; you will be reading from the script.  Auditions will be held on a first-come, first serve basis.


The Hutchinson Center for the Arts is located at 15 Jefferson Ave. SW.  Show director is Mike Martin; you may phone him at 320-582-2496.


Brief Description of the Play


This mystery, which spawned the 1944 movie, “Laura” is a murder “who-done-it.”  Police detective Mark McPherson is assigned to investigate the murder of famous socialite Laura Hunt.   Quite early in the play, the murder mystery becomes more complicated as Laura arrives at her apartment, very much alive.  Who was murdered?  Who did the murderer intend to kill?  Who, in the end, is the killer.  And finally, is someone still in danger?




Mark McPherson – 30 something detective assigned to the case of solving the murder of the famous Laura Hunt (primary role).


Danny Dorgan – 19 year old neighbor of Laura Hunt.


Waldo Lydecker – Gentleman in his late forties, impeccable dress and manners, who thinks quite highly of the position he and Laura held in New York society; friend and confidante of Laura (primary role).


Bessie Clary – 40-ish maid of Laura.


Shelby Carpenter – Fiancé of Laura Hunt (primary role).


Mrs. Dorgan – Proper, eccentric 40-50 year old mother of Danny Dorgan.


Laura Hunt – Famous, successful New York socialite and business woman, who seems to have a bewitching quality with those who know her (primary role).


Mr. Olsen – plain clothes police officer.


2016 Show Descriptions

Laura, by Vera Caspary and George Sklar

Laura Hunt was the idea modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and mysterious. No man could resist her charms—not even the tough, respected NYPD detective sent to find out who killed her so viciously. As Mark investigates the case he gets to know her intimately through the three men who loved her, is mesmerized by her portrait, and finds himself seduced by her. When Laura appears in the middle of a storm, the murder mystery takes new turns; who was murdered, who is the murderer, and why? Everyone will enjoy this “who-dun-it love story with film noir tones.”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This musical comedy, by Rachel Sheinkin with musical score by William Finn, centers on several socially awkward middle school students (played by adults) competing in a regional spelling by. Six quirky adolescents compete in the spelling bee, run by three equally quirky, awkward adults. Flashbacks and imagination are used to reveal personal details about each of the spellers that explores the notion that winning isn’t everything. In addition, audience members participate in the show as contestants and as family members of the contestants.

Murder at Café Noir

This 1940’s “detective story come to life” features Rick Archer, P.I., who is assigned to solve and audience driven murder mystery by David Landau. Each of the characters is “over the top”—a French Madame who is now the manager of Café Noir (a completely black and white club on the island of Mustique), a voodoo priestess, a shyster attorney, a femme fatale. The play is a satirical tribute to the film noir Bogart era.