Los Alamos Little Theatre announces audition dates for “Murder at the Lone Elm,” an interactive murder mystery written and directed by local playwright Miles Ledoux.
Auditions are 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, and 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. in the Performing Arts Center at 1670 Nectar St. Persons auditioning will be asked to read excerpts from the script and engage in some impromptu dialogue to mimic engagement with an audience trying to determine murderer from among a cast of suspects.
The play will be performed Jan. 4-19 with a special New Year’s Eve performance Dec. 31.
Director Ledoux says the play is a murder mystery: “When a guest at the Lone Elm Inn falls down the stairs to his death, the head of hotel security suspects foul play. She rounds up the most likely suspects and tries to determine ‘whodunit’ before the killer claims more victims. “Because this is an interactive play, audience members will also get to ask questions of the suspects and see if they can identify the murderer. They will be asked to record their choice for the murderer, and those who choose correctly will be entered into a drawing for prizes. It should be great fun for everyone.”
Ledoux has staged interactive murder mysteries in California and New Mexico. He also recently played the role of a murder mystery creator in LALT’s production of “Secondary Cause of Death,” performed last season.
The play has parts for 10 characters, five women and five men:
- Dana Hunt – Head of hotel security; no-nonsense ex-cop.
- Gabby Petersen – Hotel kitchen worker; morbidly enthusiastic about murder.
- Emily Reynolds – Hotel guest, hiding from ex-boyfriend.
- Stacey Owens – Shy hotel worker. Knows more than she should?
- Alanna Terrell – Testy hotel guest; hates being held as a suspect. Joe
- West – Drunk pickpocket who has stolen important evidence.
- Leonard Cooke – Stuffy hotel guest revealed as a hotel industry spy.
- Harold Murphy – Ex-genetic scientist, now inventing desserts as hotel
- chef. Trevor Fallon – Hotel worker, pushing chocolate on everybody.
- Ken Booth – Emily’s ex-boyfriend, worried about her safety…or is he?
Scripts for “Murder at the Lone Elm” are available for short-term checkout at the reference desks of the Mesa and White Rock public libraries. (Note: While Mesa library is undergoing construction, the reference desk is accessible by the entrance at the northeast of the building, adjacent to the Betty Ehart Senior Center.)
For more information about “Murder at the Lone Elm”, contact Ledoux at 818.274.6024.