The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

By John Bishop

Directed by Michael Abendshein

Monday, November 5
Tuesday, November 6
at 7 PM both nights

Please plan to arrive no later than 7:30.

Auditions will include cold readings from the script, individually and in groupings. Please be prepared to list your conflicts (i.e, dates when you can’t attend rehearsals).

Auditions will be held at the
Pump House,
401 S Horners Lane
Rockville, MD 20850.

Callbacks, if needed, will be on Thursday, November 8 at 7 PM at the Elwood Smith Community Center

No appointments. All roles are unpaid.

All our shows use Open Casting, with no roles pre-selected. RLT is committed to diversity, open to non-traditional casting, and will consider actors of all ethnicities.

Audition form available here. Download it, fill it out, print it out, and bring it to auditions.

Conflict calendar available here. Download it, fill it out, print it out, and bring it to auditions.

For more information about auditions, contact the production team at

Performance Dates

February 2019: 1, 2, 3*, 8, 9, 10*

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
* Sunday Matinees at 2 pm

Production Staff


Michael Abendshein


Michael Angeloni


Daniel Bentz

Assistant Director

Crystal Geronimo

Cast of Characters

Actors auditioning for the role of Helsa should be comfortable appearing on stage in their underwear.
Actors and actresses auditioning for O'Reilly and Helsa should be comfortable with learning stage combat.
Actors auditioning for O'Reilly, Nikki, Eddie, and Roger should be comfortable singing.
Actors auditioning for Roger should be able to play the piano.

Helsa Wenzel - The maid...with a secret! (F - 30ish)

Elsa Von Grossenkneuten - Eccentric owner of the mansion where the show takes place. The financial backer for many musicals. (F - 40s-50s)

Michael Kelly - An undercover cop pretending to be the butler. Tough and no nonsense type of guy. (M - 30s-40s)

Patrick O'Reilly - An "Irish" tenor...with a secret! (M - 40ish)

Ken De La Maize - The director of the musical. Recently returning from Hollywood where everyone claims to have seen his movies, even though they have never been made. (M - 50s)

Nikki Crandall - A chorus girl...with a secret! (F - 20s)

Eddie McCuen - An out of work comedian here for the backers audition. Goes from cowardly to heroic over the course of the show. (M - 30ish)

Marjorie Baverstock - A Broadway producer. She constantly flatters everyone around her and speaks in elevated language. Her "new word" is "divoon". (F - 30s-40s)

Roger Hopewell - The composer of the musical "White House Merry-Go-Round" Constantly pokes fun at Ken but is very sensitive to criticism of his music. One of the only people who knows how to deal with Bernice's many quirks (M 30s-40s)

Bernice Roth - The lyricist of "White House Merry-Go-Round" and Roger's partner. Bernice is odd and emotional and frequently loses her composure. She is hardly ever seen without a drink in hand (F - 30s-40s)


When the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop assemble for a backer's audition for a new musical on a suburban estate, things turn deadly with plenty of confusing murders and knotty plots to unravel in John Bishop's comedic thriller. This ingenious and wildly comic romp spoofs the great murder mystery movies of the 1940s, leaving audience to wonder, whodunit?