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Nicolet Players auditions for The Mystery of Edwin Drood Feb. 23, 24

Feb. 17, 2015

Feel like singing and having some rollicking fun?

If so, try out for the Nicolet Players’ spring production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Auditions for this crazy-who-done-it-mystery-musical will take place at 7:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 23 and 24, in the Nicolet College Theatre.

“This is the type of production that’s a blast for the actors and highly entertaining for the audience,” said Jim Nuttall, Nicolet College Theatre director. “It’s high-energy, has a great storyline, and just a whole lot of fun.”

The musical, which swept the Tony Awards in 1986, is based on the Charles  Dickens novel and set in a Victorian music hall. There, an ensemble of raucous actors tries to find an ending for the syndicated novel left unfinished by Dickens’ sudden death. Every performer is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood and each performance ends with a surprise as the audience decides who’s the killer.

“Everyone auditioning will need to prepare a song to sing,” Nuttall said. He suggests something upbeat and lively like show tunes or something from a Disney musical.

An accompanist will be available, so those auditioning will need to bring sheet music to their song. The auditions will also include reading from scenes. Scripts for this will be provided.

“We plan to keep the singing low-pressure,” Nuttall added. “We’re looking to see if individuals can carry a tune, what their vocal range is, and if their voice fits the style of music and characters in the show.”

He also encouraged anyone interested to search YouTube to get a flavor for the musical.

Anyone with questions can contact Nuttall at (715) 365-4476 or by email at jnuttall@nicoletcollege.edu.