FEST Audition Call!

Pre-Register now! FEST proudly announces an audition call for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 classic murder thriller “Dial M for Murder”, written by Frederick Knott

We are looking for both actors and production team members for our fall production, Dial M for Murder, directed by Jeff Book.

Production dates
13, 14, 15 and 20, 21, 22 November 2015 at die Katakombe, Frankfurt

If you are interested in joining the Production Team (supporting in areas such as light & sound, props, costume, make-up, PR & marketing, director’s assistant, etc.), please contact us at [email protected]. You will then be kept up to date and informed of and invited to production meetings. There is always plenty to do and an efficient and motivated production team is essential to any show!

Play Synopsis
Setting: The living room of the Wendices’ apartment in the Maida Vale residential area, London, England, 1952

Tony Wendice, an ex-professional tennis player, lives in a ground floor flat with his socialite wife, Margot. After Tony discovers Margot had an affair a year prior with American crime writer Mark Halliday, Tony plots to have his wife murdered – and devises the perfect murder plan.

Margot Wendice – a wealthy housewife
Max Halliday – American television crime writer, Margot’s former lover
Tony Wendice – Margot’s husband, former tennis pro
Captain Lesgate – Tony’s classmate at Cambridge, formerly known as Swann
Inspector Hubbard – police detective
Thompson – a policeman

At auditions, we will be looking for actors for roles as described above. There are no specific age ranges being sought, but of course the actors which play characters Margot, Max and Tony will need to be within the same age range of each other.

Audition dates
Tuesday July 21 (7:00pm), Saturday July 25 (3:00pm) and Wednesday July 29 (7:00pm) with call backs on Sunday Aug 2.

All auditions will be held at Saalbau Bockenheim, Schwälmer Straße 28, 60486 Frankfurt am Main.

Audition process
No experience is necessary to be considered for a role in the play. Auditions are open to the general public and no roles have been pre-cast. No actors will be paid and all cast and crew members must be FEST members (dues paid) before the first performance (this is for insurance purposes).

Each audition date will be run as group audition, which means everyone who has registered for an audition date must arrive at the beginning of that audition period (i.e. 7:00 pm Tues or Wed, 3:00 pm Sat). Once everyone has checked in, roles will be assigned and audition will start with everyone involved performing selected scenes as one “cast”. This enables the director to see multiple auditioners performing together.

Below is a typical schedule for a single audition period:

19:00 – 19:30 – present registration information (form or smartphone) and audition sheet, receive audition text of characters for which you would like to audition (multiple characters ok), begin reviewing the audition text with other auditioners

19:45 – director gives everyone overview of scenes to be performed

20:00 – start of audition scenes

Audition scenes and text will be available approximately one week before the audition dates and anyone who has pre-registered will receive the scenes and text via email.

Audition Sign-Up – please register not later than Monday, July 20
As you can see above, we’re asking people to sign up to audition this time. Please follow these simple instructions and sign up – it only takes a a couple of minutes:

Registration procedure:
1. Go to the FEST homepage, www.festfrankfurt.org
2. Click on the red “Yapsody Register Now” button
3. Enter your data and select the characters for which you would like to audition – audition scenes and text will be sent to you via email prior to auditions
4. Bring this registration with you, either on your smartphone or in printed form (you will need this to enter the auditions)
5. Fill out and bring with you the audition sheet (attached), ensuring you fill out your availability information on the reverse side.

*** if you have any trouble using the Yapsody registration process, just send a note to [email protected] ***

Final Points

Please be aware that if you are cast in and accept a role, you will be making a commitment to the project and the group. Rehearsals will take place twice a week in general and will be planned according to cast availability.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff directly at [email protected]