Terror By Gaslight

Production Company
Vagabond Players
Jeremy Heynen
Dale Kelly
Casting Director(s): 
Dale Kelly, Jeremy Heynen
Union Status
Project Type
Theatre / Live Performance
Student Production
Compensation Details

None. This is a non-equity community theatre production.

Audition Date(s)
Sunday June 9 @ 7pm & Tuesday June 11 @ 7pm
Audition Location
The Bernie Legge Theatre, Queens Park, New Westminster
Shoot / Perf. Date(s)
October 3rd – 26th, 2019
Shoot / Perf. Location(s)
The Bernie Legge Theatre, Queens Park, New Westminster
Submission Deadline
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Submission Instructions

- Open Call, no appointments, candidates will be seen in the order they arrive
- Cold sides will be provided in the lobby
- Be prepared to tell a joke or make us laugh in some way
- Bring a headshot & resume or email a digital copy to jeremy.heynen@vagabondplayers.ca

Project Synopsis
The action takes place in nineteenth-century Philadelphia, where Dr. Cyrus Norton, a brilliant but eccentric surgeon, is creating an "anatomical museum" to further his standing as a recognized expert on anatomy and dissection. The problem is that he needs cadavers, and by law these can only be obtained from the public gallows, so he is forced to deal with the unsavory Gin Hester and her sinister partner, Scrubbs, two grave robbers and body-snatchers who have little concern about where the corpses might come from. In fact, in their zeal to practice their lucrative trade, the two soon bring suspicion on Dr. Norton and his household: his devoted daughter, who wants to follow in her father's footsteps; his vapid spinster sister; and his eager assistant, a young doctor who has fallen in love with the daughter. Chills mount as one eerie scene follows another, and the persistent police detective assigned to the case moves nearer to learning the truth about the blackmail and increasingly vicious murders which have been engendered by the doctor's obsession.
Additional Comments: 

- Rehearsals will begin mid- to late August. A schedule will be provided at auditions.
- All cast & crew are required to become members of Vagabond Players (www.vagabondplayers.ca).

Character 1
Dr. Cyrus Norton
40-60 years old
A respected surgeon & professor of anatomy.
Character 2
Marilyn Norton
18-28 years old
Daughter to Dr. Norton with similar interests as her father.
Character 3
Leonard Scrubbs
30-50 years old
Grave robber & body-snatcher.
Character 4
Gin Hester
25-35 years old
Alcoholic grave robber & body-snatcher with loose lips.
Character 5
Detective Harrison
40-60 years old
A detective investigating the disappearance of bodies.
Additional Characters

William Dover - a promising new surgeon. 20-35 year old male.
Dr. Charles Withers – a colleague & mentor to Dr. Norton. 50-70 year old male.
Constance Norton – Dr. Norton's prim & proper sister. 45-65 year old female.
Edward Daniels – a devious former student of Dr. Norton. 25-40 year old male.
Opal – a maid who is fearful of Dr. Norton. 20-35 year old female.
Kitty – a barmaid who knows too much. 20-35 year old female.
Mrs. Culp – a grieving widow who believes Dr. Norton has her husband's body. 50-70 year old female.