AGATHA CHRISTIE'S ~ AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Phoenix Variety and Music Group

Written By: Agatha Christie
Directed By: Justine C. Lewis

And Then There Were None is Agatha Christie’s own dramatic adaptation of her
best-selling novel.

Ten strangers are summoned by mysterious host U.N Owen to a mansion on Soldier Island, just off the coast of Devon, England.
All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for MURDER!
Baffled, these strangers realise that they have no idea who their host is; and as the weather turns, the group is cut off from the mainland, they understand that they have been brought to the island by a maniac who intends to dispense their own perverted
form of justice.
And then as the first guest is dispatched the bloodbath truly begins and it is clear that the remaining guests can trust no one. As one by one they are brutally murdered, falling away to the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme!

But who is the Killer?
Is it Mr Phillip Lombard?
The mysterious regiment captain who abandoned his men?
Could it be Dr. Armstrong?
A Doctor who has an intense interest in nervous disorders?
What about Sir Lawrence Wargrave?
A Court Justice with an eerily calm demeanor?
Or perhaps Miss Vera Claythorne, a young secretary with a heartbreaking secret?

Will anybody survive this gathering to make it off the island?

(Phoenix Variety and Music Group is proud to announce that this production restores the original 1939 ending, drawn from the novel and using entirely Dame Agatha Christie's own words.)

Roles Available:
Please be advised that the ages and genders listed below are stage ones and apply to the characters only.

Also please note that all roles are required to have a British accent.
(Please use these videos as an accent references https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y1dKCnBaqA
or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWwx_MXoxGY
)
~ Thank You

ROGERS
Age: 30 – Late 40’s
Gender: Male
Part Size: Supporting
Dialect: West Country Accent
Soldier Island’s devoted butler. Task orientated and dedicated to his work. Ethel Rodgers husband.

MRS. ROGERS
Age: Late 20’s – Late 30’s
Gender: Female
Part Size: Supporting
Dialect: West Country Accent
Rogers’s faithful wife. Anxious and easily stressed. Soldier Island’s resident housekeeper and acclaimed cook. No nonsense and well-to-do.

PATRICIA “PAT’ NARRACOTT/ ANTONIA MARSTON
(Will be played by the same actress)
Age(s): Late 30’s – Early 40’s/ Early 20’s to 30’s
Gender(s): Female/ Female
Part Size(s): Featured/ Supporting
Dialect(s): Manchester or Gordie/ Posh Cockney or Estuary English/London Accent
Pat – Soldier Island’s head of transport and supplies. Pat is responsible for keeping the island stocked with groceries, mail and other supplies as well as ferrying they island’s guests to and from the Island. Gruff and Working-class lady. (Role only requires a small amount of stage time and hence this role will be merged with that of Antonia Marston)
Antonia – Wealthy and spoiled young lady from a high class aristocratic family. Cheeky, fun-loving, high spirited and happy-go-lucky. Very charming and attractive, throws all caution to the wind. Yet she is also quite immoral, callas, irresponsible and referred to as ‘a danger to society’ .
Actress must have a wide range to portray both characters.

VERA CLAYTHORNE
Age: 20 – 30
Part Size: Lead
Gender: Female
Dialect: Received Pronunciation (RP)/ Queen’s/ King’s English
Former Governess, turned sports mistress at a prestigious girls school now turned secretary to Mrs U.N Owen. Vera Claythorne is the shows resident heroine/ damsel-in-distress and is the most emotive character in the show and runs the emotional gauntlet.
Returns Phillip Lombard’s crush on her. Bright, sweet natured, No-nonsense and well-to-do. Task orientated and very driven. As the play unfurls she becomes the voice of reason and maternal figure to the other guests. However her resolve also begins to strip away and she too begins to lose her bearings. And she may not be as sweet as she portrays.
Actress must be comfortable on stage and have a strong stage presence.
Must be able to show the strong but yet easily “filp-flop” between the aforementioned strength to panic, fear and eventually despair.

PHILIP LOMBARD
Age: 30’s
Gender: Male
Part Size: Lead
Dialect: Estuary English or Cockney
A mercenary, gun-for-hire, soldier- of – fortune.
Cocky, confident and quite sure of himself. Very charming and is used to taking charge of situations.
Very hard-headed, but also intelligent, cunning and a bit of a “Smart Alec” he has quite the crush on Vera Claythorne and sees himself as a protector.
Owner of a revolver and by his self-procession “very used to getting out of tight places”.

WILLIAM BLORE
Age: 40 – 50
Gender: Male
Part Size: Supporting
Dialect: Yorkshire
Former Police Inspector turned Private Investigator hired by Soldier Island’s Owners Mr & Mrs U.N Owen to keep an eye on all the guests. On first introduction is undercover as “Mr Davis” a slightly eccentric rich land owner from South Africa. When revealed as Henry Blore he becomes haughty, no-nonsense, very task orientated and regimented.
Therefore must be good at portraying very two different characters within this role.

GENERAL MACKENZIE
Age: 55- 60
Gender: Male
Part Size; Supporting
Dialect: Glasgow
Retired World War I General. Very softly spoken and absent minded.
Must be able to portray delirium as throughout the play he begins to lose his mind.

EMILY BRENT
Age: 55- 60
Gender: Female
Part Size: Supporting
Dialect: RP/ Queen’s/King’s English
A pious, spinster. Very self-assured and a Strong, Christian, Traditionalist, who loves Knitting and Crochet.
Believes that the younger generation are uncivilised and immoral. Quite catty and has a very dismissive attitude towards Mrs Rodgers, Antonia Marston and especially Vera Claythorne.

SIR LAWRENCE WARGRAVE
Age: 60 – 80
Gender: Male
Part Size: Lead
Dialect: RP/ Queen’s/ King’s English
Retired criminal court judge. Known as “The Hanging Judge” for his affinity for sentencing guilty defendants to death via hanging. Calm, Logical and always in charge of the situation.
Must be able to have a strong stage presence and bring an overwhelming sence of authority and control to the role.

DR. ARMSTRONG
Age: Late 40’s
Gender: Female
Part Size: Supporting
Dialect: Estuary English/ London Accent or Northern Irish
A reasonably well known doctor from Harley Street, Westminster.
Has great respect for her profession but is constantly trying to keep a calm and upstanding demeanour.
Is greatly relied upon by the other guests for her medical knowledge and prowess but has an uneasy relationship with almost all the other guests expect Sir Lawrence Wargrave but especially Henry Blore. Very skilled in her field and respectable.
Must be able to portray a person in distress while trying very hard to remain outwardly calm.

The Voice
Age: N/A
Gender: Male or Female (Male Preferred)
Part Size: Featured
Dialect: RP/ Queen’s/King’s English
The mysterious voice that seemingly comes out of nowhere and accuses each and every guest of heinous crimes that they have supposedly committed. This is supposedly also the voice of the guest’s host U.N Owen.
Very Theatrical, Authoritarian, Mysterious & Strong,
Although never seen must have a strong stage presence that commands attention and respect but also able to project fear into all the characters and the audience.
(As this role is very small and only has one monologue in the show; this role will most likely be double cast with another of the characters and will be pre-recorded rather than live for performances.)

Rehearsals:
Commencing Tuesday, April 2nd 2024 – Thursday, August 1st 2024

Tuesday Nights: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Thursday Nights : 7:00pm – 9:30pm
(Cast/ Personnel to arrive at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start)

Commencing Sunday, July 7th,
Sunday Afternoon's: 1pm - 5pm

Noarlunga Uniting Church Hall
23 William Road, Christies Beach

Performances:
Friday, August 16th 2024
7:30pm

Saturday, August 17th 2024
2:00pm
7:30pm

Friday, August 23rd 2024
7:30pm

Saturday, August 24th 2024
7:30pm

Noarlunga Uniting Church Hall
23 William Road, Christies Beach

Venue:
Noarlunga Uniting Church Hall
23 William Road, Christies Beach

Information Night:
Sunday, February 11th ~ 7:30pm

Noarlunga Uniting Church Hall
23 William Road, Christies Beach

Auditions:
Saturday, February 24th
1:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunday, February 25th
12:00pm – 6:00pm

Noarlunga Uniting Church Hall
23 William Road, Christies Beach.

Auditions will be held in 15 minute intervals
Please register your interest via email at ~ phoenixvariety.musicgroup@gmail.com
or contact the director via the listed phone number

Venue:
Narlunga Uniting Church Hall
23 William Road, Christies Beach

More Information:
Contact Justine Lewis on 0431987988 or email phoenixvariety.musicgroup@gmail.com

LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL
Balaklava Community Arts

Written By: Heather Hach (Book), Laurence O'Keefe & Nell Benjamin (Music & Lyrics)
Directed By: Abby Silverman

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and expolding with memorable songs and dynamic dances - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle geniously charms her into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Roles Available:
Elle Woods
The quintessential Valley Girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School and realizes that she has more to offer than just a pretty face and a bubbly personality.

Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: F#3
Ensemble
Greek Chorus; Students; Delta Nu Members
Emmett Forrest
A smart and sensitive law student who takes Elle under his wing. He is charming, quirky, loveable, and friendly.

Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Paulette
A brash, caring, optimistic hair stylist who is friends with Elle and longs to find a man for herself.

Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Professor Callahan
A pompous, sleezy and manipulative law professor at Harvard who is highly successful, but completely immoral.

Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Warner Huntington Iii
A good-looking but shallow and pompous guy who breaks Elle's heart and heads off to Harvard Law.

Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: G#4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Vivienne Kensington
A smart, savvy, and uptight law student and Warner's fiancee who initially dismisses Elle, but grows to be her friend.

Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: Ab5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Brooke Wyndam
An exercise video mogul who is also a former sorority girl. She is energetic and charismatic, yet currently on trial for murder.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Rehearsals:
Wednesdays 7pm - 9pm
Sundays 1pm - 5pm

Performances:
Saturday 22nd June, 2024 (7:30pm)
Sunday 23rd June 2024 (2:00pm)
Friday 28th June 2024 (7:30pm)
Saturday 29th June 2024 (7:30pm)

Venue:
Balaklava Town Hall

Information Night:
Sunday 3rd March 2024 7:00pm - Zoom Link Available for those unable to attend

Balaklava

Auditions:
Monday 11th March 2024 from 12:00pm

Venue:
TBD via Facebook



More Information:
Contact Kelly Bickle on 0438 551 138 or email bicks1@bigpond.com