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THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

A Penny Dreadful

by Charles Ludlam
Directed by Jim McKain

Rehearsals Begin: Sunday, August 22, 2021
Production Dates: October 8 - November 7, 2021

Performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Howard Drew Theatre. Actors are called to the theatre one hour before curtain.

Auditions:
Sunday, August 1, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse

Monday, August 2, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse

When arriving to audition at the Playhouse, please enter through the Stage Door entrance on the West side of the building.

Please contact Becky to schedule an audition appointment and request audition paperwork and sides.

Callbacks: Wednesday, August 4, 6:30 p.m.
Compensation: Onstage performers for this show will be compensated $725 in total. Full-run backstage crew members will be compensated $380 in total.

The Story:
Mandacrest Estate is the home of Lord Edgar, an Egyptologist, and Lady Enid. Lady Enid is Lord Edgar's second wife, though he has yet to recover entirely from the passing of his first wife, Irma Vep. The house staff, a maid named Jane Twisden and a swineherd named Nicodemus Underwood, have their own opinion of Lady Enid.

Enid is attacked by a vampire, and Edgar seeks answers in an Egyptian tomb, briefly resurrecting the mummy of an Egyptian princess. Returning home with the sarcophagus, Edgar prepares to hunt down the werewolf he blames for the death of his son and first wife. Meanwhile, Enid discovers Irma locked away, supposedly to coax out the location of precious jewels from her. Wresting the keys to Irma's call from Jane, Enid frees Irma only to discover the prisoner is, in fact, Jane herself, actually a vampire, and the killer of Irma as well as her and Edgar's son. Nicodemus, now a werewolf, kills Jane, only to be shot dead by Edgar.

In the end, Enid prevents Edgar from writing about his experiences in Egypt, revealing she was the princess herself, the whole thing an elaborate sham by her father to discredit Edgar. The two reconcile.

Characters:
The Mystery of Irma Vep is a full-length quick-change act. All roles are portrayed by two performers and primarily in British dialects.

Lady Enid Hillcrest
Lord Edgar Hillcrest
Nicodemus Underwood
Jane Twisden
An intruder
Irma Vep

Please bring all contact information, personal schedules, a list of rehearsal conflicts and a resume & photo if available. Please note, photos will not be returned.

In accordance with the CDC, if an individual is not vaccinated, they must continue to wear a face mask. If an individual is vaccinated, they can decide whether to wear a face mask or not. All performers are required to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required upon casting.

For more information, please contact Becky Deiber.

SEASON MUSICAL AUDITIONS

This year's musicals are A Christmas Carol, Bright Star, The Color Purple and Kinky Boots.

Casting Notes:
  • A Christmas Carol - All roles are available except for Ebenezer Scrooge. Approximately 20 adults and 15 children will be cast.
  • Bright Star and The Color Purple - Both of these musicals were cast and in rehearsal in 2020, prior to the pandemic. As a result, some of the actors were unable to continue their commitment this season, allowing for a few roles to be newly cast in these shows.
  • Kinky Boots - All roles are available.
You must schedule an audition time in advance. Please contact Becky Deiber to schedule an appointment. Auditions will last approximately 1 - 2 hours.

What to Bring:
  • Please come prepared with 16 bars of music prepared to sing and the sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.
  • There will be a dance audition, so please come dressed ready to move. No boots, sandals, flip-flops, slick shoes, etc.
  • A recent photo to attached to your audition form. Please note, the photos do not need to be professional and will not be returned.
  • Should you not have a photo, one will be taken at the time of the audition.

ADULT MUSICAL AUDITIONS

(18 and older)

Saturday, August 28 2:30-5:30 p.m. at
Revive! Center Omaha
2402 Lizzie Robinson Ave. (24th & Lake)
Omaha, NE 68111

Sunday, August 29 1:00-6:00pm at
Omaha Community Playhouse
6915 Cass St.
Omaha, NE 68132

Monday, August 30 6:00-10:00 p.m. at
Omaha Community Playhouse

YOUTH MUSICAL AUDITIONS

(17 and younger)

Tuesday, August 31 4:00-8:00pm at
Omaha Community Playhouse

CALLBACKS and COMPENSATION

(Compensation for actors age 19 and older)

A Christmas Carol:
Callbacks - Thursday, September 2, 2021 6:00 p.m.
Compensation - Onstage performers for this show will be compensated $950 in total

Kinky Boots:
Callbacks - Thursday, September 2, 2021 6:00pm
Compensation - Onstage performers for this show will be compensated $825 in total

Bright Star:
Callbacks - TBA
Compensation - Onstage performers for this show will be compensated $700 in total.

The Color Purple:
Callbacks - TBA
Compensation - Onstage performers for this show will be compensated $700 in total.


In accordance with the CDC, if an individual is not vaccinated, they must continue to wear a face mask. If an individual is vaccinated, they can decide whether to wear a face mask or not. All performers are required to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required upon casting.



Through upholding high ethical standards, demonstrating respect for all and consciously working to provide diverse representation, OCP is committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment in which all community members feel a sense of belonging, and does not discriminate in casting practices on the basis of an individual's ethnicity, age, gender, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, country of origin or other factors. Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse and inclusive casting.