Monday, November 13, 2023

SVP Casting Call Alert: "Murder on the Orient Express"



Valley Players


"Yes, we are the little red schoolhouse!"



Auditions at SVP

Murder on the Orient Express


Audition Date

Sunday, December 3rd, at

6:00 PM


Monday, December 4th, at 7:00 PM


At SVP Theatre


Synopsis: The luxury train, The Orient Express, departs from Istanbul in 1934 on its journey to France with a first-class car full of international travelers. The next morning, one of the passengers is discovered murdered. It’s up to Hercule Poirot to find out who the dead man was—and who on that train killed him!



Performance Dates: March 8th-24th


Call backs, if necessary, Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00PM


Produced by: Emily M. Muller

Directed by: Michael A. Muller


The Director is seeking the following:


5 Adult Males

5 Adult Females



Character Gender/Age Range Description


Hercule Poirot (French accent) M 40’s – 60’s

Famous Belgian detective; a “Big” personality; authoritative, witty, charismatic and slightly pompous; driven to find the answers, good or bad, with a strong moral sense; very aware of his ability and his well- deserved reputation.


Monsieur Bouc (French accent) M 30’s – 60’s

A Belgian gentleman of good humor; playful, proud, generous; a predilection for grandeur; a whirlwind of energy; must be an excellent comedian.


Colonel Arbuthnot (Scottish accent) & Samuel Ratchett (American) M 30’s – 40’s

One actor will play two roles. Colonel Arbuthnot: Scotsman, also middle aged, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender; must have great comic timing.

Samuel Ratchett: middle-aged American businessman, evil at heart and frightening, brusque, unforgiving, stern demeanor; pushy, and domineering.


Helen Hubbard (Minnesota accent) F 40’s – 70’s

An outspoken and flamboyant American from the Midwest; jovial, obnoxious, domineering, deliciously nosy and brash; unapologetic; must be an excellent comedienne. Also sings. Please familiarize yourself with the song “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”.


Countess Andrenyi (Hungarian accent) F 30’s – 50’s

Brilliantly beautiful, like something out of a fairytale; impeccably put together, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets; her delicacy belies a steely edge; she is no wilting flower.


Mary Debenham (English accent) F 20’s – 30’s

An English beauty; a governess, capable yet romantic; a sadness around her eyes and a hardness about her person.


Princess Dragomiroff (Russian accent) F 40’s – 70’s

a Russian dowager; very formal, a sweeping, impressive presence; imperial, impatient. Everyone knows when she enters the room. More battle axe than princess.


Hector MacQueen (American) M 20’s – 50’s

Tightly wound, edgy and nervous; he seems to always be on the verge of falling apart or coming unwound. Assistant to Samuel Ratchett.


Michel the Conductor (French accent) & Head Waiter (Turkish accent) M 20’s – 50’s

One actor will play two roles. Michel: a good-looking Frenchman, with a quiet, almost grave sense of humor; unfailingly polite.

Marcel: a Turkish waiter, snooty, smooth; must have great comic timing. (Accent is a plus but not a deal breaker.)


Greta Ohlsson (Swedish accent) F 20’s – 60’s

Inherently odd, and very devout Swedish woman; a frightened, sheeplike quality; must be an excellent comedienne with an impeccable Swedish accent.



Character monologues, audition sides, and music for auditions are linked below. Please dress in comfortable clothing for improvisational exercises. For those auditioning for Mrs. Helen Hubbard, please familiarize yourself with the song “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”.


 Character Monologues

Side A: Mary, Arbuthnot, MacQueen


 Side B: Countess, Poirot, Bouc


Side C: Princess, Poirot, Greta, MacQueen, Bouc


 Side D: (A) Hubbard, Michel (B) Hubbard, Bouc


Side E: Ratchett, Poirot, Countess


 Side F: Bouc


Side G: Waiter, Poirot, Bouc


 Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Song)



Somerset Valley Players are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Non-descript roles are available to all performers, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis. 




The theatre is Air-Conditioned and Wheelchair Accessible.


Theater Location

689 Amwell Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Telephone: 908-369-7469



Mailing Address

601 Route 206

Suite 26-216

Hillsborough, NJ 08844


Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.