Ringgold Playhouse Adjusts Lineup, Will Hold Auditions For "The Real Inspector Hound" July 24-25

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Director Greg Rambin, Sr.
Director Greg Rambin, Sr.

The Ringgold Playhouse will hold its next round of open auditions July 24 and 25, for the whodunit comedy, "The Real Inspector Hound".

The show, which spoofs murder mysteries of old in the style of Agatha Christie, will close out the company's 2017 season, replacing the previously scheduled "Buried Child."

TRP officials say the recent adjustment to the company's lineup has to do with giving audiences what they want.

"We've had the heavy drama 'Buried Child' on our slate for months, but our audiences really enjoy the comedies we've brought to the stage, so we've chosen to shake things up a little bit and give theatergoers a lot of laughs to close out our season," said TRP Executive Director Adam Cook.

Actors will have two opportunities to audition; Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at the historic Ringgold Depot. Callbacks will be held Wednesday, July 26 if deemed necessary by the director.

Actors do not need to have anything prepared, as the auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Play synopsis:

It is a foggy and foreboding day at Muldoon Manor, a charming, but isolated, English country house populated by tortured and suspicious characters. A game of bridge results in raised temperatures and veiled threats; a mysterious man, possibly mad, shows up to charm the lady of the house and her young friend; and a dead body lies under the sofa, waiting to be discovered. All the while, a pair of pretentious critics comment on the action, munch chocolates, complain bitterly about their professional rivals, and ogle the attractive actresses. In The Real Inspector Hound, Tony and Academy award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard has crafted a witty, surreal, and compelling tale in which identity is as changeable as a moustache, or a pair of boots, and a hack production of a tired whodunit can be the cover for a masterful revenge plot, trained on the professional members of the audience.

Character breakdown:

MOON (20s - 40s) A second-string theatre critic, called to the production to review it in the absence of Higgs, another critic.

BIRDBOOT (30s - 70s) An older, rival theatre critic and a womanizer who catapults young actresses to stardom by delivering dazzling reviews of them.

MRS. DRUDGE (30s - 70s) The maid, or housekeeper of Muldoon Manor in the play Moon and Birdboot are watching. She is one of the primary vehicles for emphasizing the satirical character of the story. Her cockney accent adds to the humor of the play.

SIMON GASCOYNE (20s - 30s) A handsome visitor to the Manor in the play Moon and Birdboot are watching. Has had affairs with both Felicity and Cynthia.

FELICITY CUNNINGHAM (20s - 30s) A beautiful, innocent, young friend of Cynthia’s in the play Moon and Birdboot are watching, who has had an affair with both Simon and Birdboot. She is seemingly sweet and charming, but soon seeks ruthless revenge.

CYNTHIA MULDOON (30s - 40s) Apparent widow of Lord Albert Muldoon who disappeared ten years ago. Sophisticated and beautiful. She has had an affair with Simon.

MAJOR MAGNUS MULDOON (30s - 60s) Lord Albert Muldoon’s crippled half-brother who just flew in from Canada. Has a desire for his late brother’s widow, Cynthia. Takes an instant dislike to Simon, as they are both in love with Cynthia.

INSPECTOR HOUND (20s - 50s) Appears from outside the house in the middle of the play to investigate an alleged phone call and murder at Muldoon Manor. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Production dates for the show are Sept. 14-16 and 21-23, and it will be directed by Greg Rambin, Sr., with roles available for five men and three women. 

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What: TRP Auditions for "The Real Inspector Hound"
When: Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25
Where: The Ringgold Depot. 155 Depot Street, Ringgold, Ga. 30736
Time: 7 p.m.

Auditions will take place at the historic Ringgold Depot July 24-25 at 7 p.m.
Auditions will take place at the historic Ringgold Depot July 24-25 at 7 p.m.
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