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Calling all performing artists!

The Play That Goes Wrong

AUDITIONS: December 12 + 13 at 6:00pm
CALLBACKS: December 14 at 6:00pm
LOCATION: Waterville Opera House Main Stage, 1 Common Street, 2nd Floor, Waterville.

Show + Character Descriptions

SHOW DATES: March 31, April 1, 7, 8 at 7:30pm + April 2, 9 at 2:00pm

ABOUT THE PLAY: Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, The Play That Goes Wrong is a play-within-a-play that follows the Cornley Drama Society’s production of the 1920’s whodunit, “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” Despite their best efforts, the production rapidly goes from bad to disastrous, with madcap mishaps and choregraphed chaos—from an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, a self-destructing set, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Play That Goes Wrong is a physically demanding show. Actors considering auditioning for this production should be in good physical shape. Most roles will require varying amounts of crawling, climbing up and down a ladder, lifting, running, and/or falling. There is also a carefully choreographed sword fight, repeatable hand-to-hand combat and special “handling” called for in the script.

INTIMACY/COMBAT CONSIDERATIONS: The play has moments of stage combat and a few moments of theatrical intimacy. We will be working with a Movement/Fight coach as well as an Intimacy Coordinator to assure the work will all be done safely and properly. It is the Waterville Opera House’s goal to create collaborative storytelling work that will be consent-based and safe.

CASTING CONSIDERATIONS: We are looking for kind, hardworking, team first, physically adept actors who can commit to the upbeat, in-the-moment style of the play and fully inhabit the characters with an understanding of comedy with truth and humanity. Age ranges for characters are flexible (18+) and will depend upon groupings and pairings found through auditions. There may be some gender flexibility for roles typically male-identified, TBD through the audition process.

ACCENTS: There are two main accents utilized in this show: American and Received Pronunciation, or RP for short, the instantly recognizable accent often described as “typically British” (One character must also use a cockney accent in addition to the RP accent)

ROLES: We will be casting 8 named roles and 4-6 unnamed “shadow” roles (backstage crew members) who will be fully involved in the rehearsal and performance process; they will be visible onstage and off for “The Murder of Haversham Manor”.

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Audition Materials


Auditions will be announced on this page, in the Waterville Opera House email newsletter, and on our social media channels. Character descriptions and audition materials will be available on this page.

Audition Process

Candidates must complete an audition form and return it to the production team. Candidates may also receive an audition number and are required to have their photo taken upon arrival. Please have your scheduling conflicts available. Candidates should review the audition materials and come prepared to perform as an individual and in group work.


Auditions will likely involve singing, book work, and dancing. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


Depending on the show, there may be a specific audition time for children only. All parents will be required to wait outside of the audition space as part of the audition is demonstrating to the production team that a child can take direction without a parent present.


Performing in a show at the Waterville Opera House requires a serious time commitment. Performers should be prepared for 3-4 rehearsals per week (often 6:30pm-9pm on weekdays, and a weekend day). A detailed rehearsal schedule will be published once the cast has been finalized. Rehearsals will take place at Studio 1902 in the Paul J. Schupf Art Center (93 Main St, Waterville).


Each performer receives 2 complimentary tickets to the production. Performers should call our Box Office to reserve their complimentary tickets.

Performer Responsibilities

Waterville Opera House performers are required to provide their own undergarments, shoes, and basic hair and makeup products.


We are always looking for people to join our dedicated team of volunteers! Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back to your community and gives you the opportunity to see Opera House performances for free.

Time Commitment

Theatre events typically require a minimum 3 hour commitment, while concerts can run as long as 4 – 5 hours. Keep time requirements in mind when choosing which events to volunteer. All volunteers should plan to stay throughout the entire performance to help clean up the theatre once patrons have left.


Volunteers are required to arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to event time. Arrival time is listed when you sign up. New volunteers should take care to arrive early so you can be trained prior to patron arrival.

Upon arrival, please meet in the Opera House lobby on the second floor of City Hall. You may keep your coat and personal items in the office adjacent to Concessions. A pre-show meeting will take place prior to all performances so volunteers can receive event-specific instructions.

In order to maintain a consistent and professional appearance, please observe our simple dress code by wearing: black and white clothing (patterns are acceptable), your Opera House name tag (provided), and a welcoming smile!

The following clothing is not allowed: T-shirts, jeans, mini-skirts, athletic apparel, brightly colored athletic shoes, and any graphics with political or controversial meaning.

More information can be found in our Volunteer Manual.

Opera House Volunteer Guidelines

Positions include ushering (directing patrons to their seats), scanning tickets, selling merchandise and concessions, among others. We ask that new volunteers sign up for Floor Usher.

If this is your first time volunteering with us or you need additional information about an event, please fill out the volunteer application!

If you have any questions please reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Sara Stewart, [email protected]

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We rely on more than 200 volunteers annually! All of our community performers are volunteers, please see the Auditions section for more information. If you are interested in working backstage during a show, painting scenery, sewing costumes, playing in the orchestra, or getting involved in other ways, please contact us.

As an actress and avid theatre-goer, I love the professional approach WOH takes with every production. WOH presents community theatre at its finest! It is a wonderful proving ground for aspiring performers and theatre technicians, many of whom go on to professional careers.
Birdie Newman Katz

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