NUREMBERG - The Nuremberg Community Players will be holding open auditions for their upcoming production, “Murder Can Be Habit Forming”, by Billy St. John. Auditions will be held at the home of the Nuremberg Community Players, 283 Hazle Street. Auditions will be Sunday and Monday, August 19 & 20 at 6:30pm. Shows will be presented on October 12-14.
When a busload of passengers is stranded by a blizzard in upstate New York, they find their way to an old mansion in the woods, now St. Mary’s Convent, where the Reverend Mother Mary Cecilia provides them lodging for the night. Unfortunately, she soon realizes that among her guests is likely to be a serial killer known as ’the Mary Murderer’ whose victims are all named Mary! Though most of the sisters have been stranded in Buffalo, the four nuns remaining with her all have the first name Mary, as do two of the women on the bus. To add to the list of potential victims, one passenger is a flamboyant actress whose TV character is named Mary and another is a retired school teacher who was formerly... you guessed it!... a nun named Mary! Before the night is over, the killer strikes! Which person from the bus could be the Mary Murderer? The college professor? The newspaper columnist? The bus driver? Luckily, police detective Patrick McDougal was also on the bus and takes charge of solving the case. Providing as many laughs as chills, Murder Can Be Habit Forming is a lighthearted mystery comedy that reveals the very human side of the nuns as they attempt to stay one step ahead of a killer.
The cast is comprised of the following characters:
Radio Announcer - voice only
The Reverend Mother Superior, Mary Cecelia - stern but good-hearted.
Sister Mary Martin - breezy, outgoing.
Sister Mary Agatha - sweet old lady, vague.
Sister Mary Margaret - quiet, somewhat shy.
Sister Mary Thomas - cheerful, great sense of humor.
Herman – handyman; surly, unkempt, somewhat sinister.
Willard - bus driver; heavyset, jolly, bachelor.
Lt. McDougal - tough police detective.
Erika Kinkaid - conceited actress.
David Lewis - mild mannered college professor.
Mary Bishop - troubled college student.
Jerome Stacey - edgy newspaper columnist.
Torch - strange member of a heavy metal band.
Laura Evans - reserved retired teacher.
Mary Adams - smart woman with a secret.
Ryan Wallace - upset, college student.
The show is being presented as the troupe celebrates their 35th year as a volunteer community theatre! Established in 1983 the group has entertained with over ninety performances. The non-profit members hold charity fund-raisers and offer a college scholarship for local students.
Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script. Anyone interested in auditioning for the show or anyone willing to help with the production in any way is encouraged to attend. Please contact the director, Ann Bonacci, at 570-788-8733 with any questions or for further information.