Audition Information

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 — 7:00  pm


Readings will be cold from the following selections:

Pg. 16-18 Sandra-Robert-Dennis-Max (Discover Charles)

Pg. 25-27 Sandra-Max-Robert-Dennis (Interruptions)

Pg. 32-35 Robert-Max-Chris (Sandra Unconcious)

Pg. 38-41 Robert-Max-Dennis (Argue & Sword Fight)

Pg. 42-45 Annie-Robert-Dennis-Chris-Jonathan (Annie with Script)

Pg. 63-65 Sandra-Max-Trevor-Max-Robert-Dennis-Chris

Pg. 68-71 Dennis-Max-Chris-Sandra-Annie-Jonathan-Robert

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields & Jonathan Sayer
Director: Joel Henry

Welcome! You are auditioning for Cornley Drama Society’s production of The Murder at Haversham Manor, also know as the Play That Goes Wrong. In this play within a play, you will play actors who play characters in a murder mystery show that goes very wrong. Despite each actor’s best efforts, it’s a fight to finish the show before the set and your fellow actors completely fall apart. Most of these roles require lots of physicality, including falling, stage combat, and other forms of physical “misfortoon.” Still interested? Read on…


CHRIS – Plays Inspector Carter and is also the director of the play. You are the leader of this train wreck, and the show must go on. So you’re forced to go along with the chaos. Prepare for a lot of falls, and to hold on for dear life until the bitter end.

JONATHAN – Plays Charles Haversham (the deceased). For a dead man, you sure see a lot of action. Constantly being thrown around, you’re forced to improvise as your fellow actors and props fail around you. Involves a lot of falling and being bad at staying dead.

ROBERT – Plays Thomas Colleymoore (Charles’ old school friend). Prone to anger and thirsty for money, you just might be greedy enough to kill. Involves lots of falling, abusing your fellow actors, an epic sword fight, and secretly being a big jerk.

DENNIS – Plays Perkins (Charles’ Butler). Being the token butler character comes with some serious drawbacks. Like constantly getting asked to grab stuff and getting wrongfully accused of murder, just so the audience doesn’t see the twist ending. Involves causing a lot of misfortune, and being handcuffed to the hardest-to-move set piece on stage. Seriously, who has the keys to these cuffs?!

MAX – Plays Cecil Haversham (Charles’ Brother) & Arthur the Gardener. Who would have thought that sleeping with your brother’s wife could cause so much drama (we’re as surprised as you)? I mean, all you guys want is some time alone to express your love! Involves lots of falling, an epic sword fight, and getting shot because you get what’s coming to you.

SANDRA – Plays Florence Colleymoore (Charles’ fiancee and Thomas’ sister). Torn up by Charles’ death, Florence is full of drama. Unfortunately, Murphy’s Law continuously comes along to knock on Florence’s door, which leaves her in a battering fight for the very dramatic role given to her. Involves lots of falling, being thrown around, stage combat, and running around in your undergarments. Must be okay with tight spaces.

ANNIE – The company’s Stage Manager. Constantly being sucked into the disaster happening on stage, Annie struggles to keep the production together before it falls apart, including stepping up to act herself… if Sandra will let her get away with it. This role involves stage combat and an unexpected love of the spotlight.

TREVOR – The company’s Lighting & Sound Technician. Besides being a stereotypical stage hand (note to self: am I being too stereotypical when I say that?) you’re really not so great at your job. I’m actually not sure why we hired you. Luckily, we have someone who realizes this set is a death trap! Involves falling, messing with the actors, and being obsessed with Duran Duran. Must be okay with tight spaces.

Rehearsals will begin January 2, 2023 and be held Monday-Thursday, 7-9:30 PM,but be prepared that some days might go later. The show is very technical so there are scenes that will require some attention. Tech Week will be Sunday, February 5-Thursday, February 9.  The scheduled performances are as follows:

Friday, February 10 at 8 PM

Saturday, February 11 at 8 PM

Friday, February 17 at 8 PM

Saturday, February 18 at 8 PM

Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 PM

Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 PM

Friday, February 24 at 8 PM

Saturday, February 25 at 8 PM

Questions?  Please contact the Director at

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