Auditions for “The Sinister Vines of Dr. Thorn”

The Village Players of Hatboro will hold auditions for The Sinister Vines of Dr. Thorn, a play written and directed by Steven J. Niles.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and improvisational exercises. If time allows, monologues may be permitted from productions other than this one.

Director: Steven J. Niles

AUDITION DATES

  • Sunday, April 24th at 4PM
  • Monday, April 25th at 7PM

ALL ACTORS CAST MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION!

AUDITION FORMS

Be sure to bring a completed Audition Form PDF to the auditions, or take a moment now to fill out our Online Audition Application »

PLEASE BRING ALL CONFLICTS BETWEEN THE TIME OF AUDITIONS AND THE OPENING OF THE SHOW. 

SHOW DATES are August 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20. All actors who are cast MUST be available for all show dates, as well as tech week (Sunday August 7th through Wednesday August 10th). 

REHEARSALS will be decided based upon actor availability. 

SYNOPSIS

The Sinister Vines of Dr. Thorn is a hilariously chilling horror/comedy pastiche of 1950s B-movies. Something is stalking the halls of Thorn Mansion… and it’s hungry. To survive the night, divorced scientists Rex Ambrose and Petunia Pratt will need to put their animosity aside to unravel the mystery of Dr. Thorn’s sinister vines… without killing each other first.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

  • BETTY … Dr. Thorn’s housemaid and reluctant accomplice
  • MABLE APPLEBOTTOM … A bright-faced high school senior
  • CHESTER SAGETREE … Mable’s adoring boyfriend
  • REX AMBROSE … A rakish, debonair academic and one of the world’s most preeminent horticulturalists
  • PETUNIA PRATT … A globe-trotting adventurer and another one of the world’s most preeminent horticulturalists
  • DOCTOR THORN … A brilliant but mad scientist
  • INSPECTOR LEOPOLD … A gruff detective
  • FORSYTHIA … Thorn’s ethereal daughter
  • MANGROVE … Thorn’s monstrous son
  • CHIEF BRANNIGAN … The chief of police
  • OFFICER HOLIDAY … A naive young police officer

CREW MEMBERS & NEWBIES

Audition nights are a perfect time to come out, meet the director, and express your interest in helping out backstage, be it in the role of a stage manager, lights & sound operator, concessions, or whatever else you might like to do. 

They’re also GREAT for first-timers to come out and observe how things are done, maybe express interest in being a helper, or read for a part! We almost always cast at least one person who’s never been on stage before. You never know what can happen!

Questions? Please contact Director Steven J. Niles at steven.niles@thevillageplayers.com.

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