Auditions for “Nick Finland, Big City Detective: The Case of the Mustachioed Mad Man”

Co-directed by Ezri Lutz and Steven J. Niles, “Nick Finland, Big City Detective…” is a short, comedic, film noir-styled radio play. Rehearsals for the radio play will take place over Zoom, followed by 1-2 days of audio/video recording on stage at the Village Players of Hatboro. Special care and consideration will be taken for all parties involved with regard to social distancing and mask wearing in compliance with CDC Covid-19 guidelines. Actors signing on to the project will be required to follow these guidelines over the 1-2 days of recording.

Rehearsal and recording dates are subject to cast and crew availability. The production will be made available online as a Village Players of Hatboro special presentation once completed.

Auditions

Please fill out the audition form at the link below. Once we receive your form with your desired role(s), we will send the corresponding monologue(s) to the email address listed on your audition form. Actors will record themselves performing the required monologue(s) and then provide a link to their audition video via email. 

You may audition for as many roles as you’d like.  Actors must be 18 or older.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE AUDITION FORM


Recording Instructions

At the beginning of your video, please give your full name and the part or parts you will be auditioning for. Please make sure that you are well-lit and that we are able to hear you. It is preferred that you record your audition in front of a plain background if possible, and make sure that at least your face and upper body are properly in frame. It is recommended that you review your footage before sending.

Send a link to your completed video to ezri.lutz@thevillageplayers.com by February 13th, 2021. 

Callbacks may be arranged after a review of audition tapes; they will be conducted over Zoom and will be by invitation only. 

Synopsis

In the years following World War II, the Big City is plagued by the nefarious schemes of mad scientists, and it’s up to one man to stop them. Detective Nick Finland, aided by his plucky secretary Melinda Moon, has a new case thrust upon him when a beguiling museum curator shows up at his office seeking help in tracking down a stolen artifact. The mad-cap adventure that ensues is presented in the style of such classic 1940s radio shows as Dick Tracy and The Shadow.

Character Descriptions

  • Announcer: A 1940s radio show announcer
  • Nick Finland: A quick-talking private detective
  • Melinda Moon: Finland’s perky, highly capable secretary; some brief singing is involved
  • Victoria Dunbar: A posh museum curator
  • Anton Scallopini: A crime boss
  • Shovel-Face Shiavelli: Scallopini’s right-hand man
  • Paula: Scallopini’s gal pal
  • General Krakow: A post-war Nazi in hiding
  • Doctor Frederika Friederich: A German mad scientist

Actors of all experience levels are welcome to apply. 

Questions? Please contact Ezri Lutz at ezri.lutz@thevillageplayers.com.

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