Appointment with Death
Presented by Wyong Drama Group
Fri, 23rd to 31st August '24 in 6 months. Red Tree Theatre, Tuggerah.
An assorted group of travelers are staying at a Jerusalem hotel. When Mrs. Boynton is found dead, all are suspects even though she was ill enough to die a natural death.
Directed by Andy Kabanoff
An assorted group of travelers are staying at a Jerusalem hotel: Lady Westholme and her companion, a young English doctor and her French colleague, a debonair American and a pugnacious Lancashireman.
Another guest, Mrs. Boynton, is a domineering American invalid with four stepchildren whose facade of devotion masks enough hatred to murder her as could the doctor whose affection for Raymond Boynton is being obstructed by the old lady.
When Mrs. Boynton is found dead, all are suspects even though she was ill enough to die a natural death. Just when the tension becomes unbearable, the doctor discovers essential evidence about Mrs. Boynton's devilish plan to possess and torment the children in death as in life.
Directed by Andy Kabanoff
Event has yet to be Cast
READING: Wednesday February 21st 7pm. Red Tree Theatre mezzanine level
INFORMATION NIGHT: Tuesday 12th March 2024 - 7pm in the Red Tree Theatre
AUDITIONS: By appointment - Tuesday 19th March, Wednesday 20th March & Tuesday 26th March
Age 19 GINEVRA BOYNTON Smallish role but arguably the best role in the play - a highly disturbed young woman bullied by her step-mother into inhabiting a fantasy world. American
Age 23 SARAH KING Major role – an English doctor / budding psychologist who falls for the younger Boynton boy, Raymond, and who attempts to break Mrs Boynton's hold over him. Also includes a cameo as a glamorous Italian girl
Age 28 NADINE BOYNTON The wife of Lennox Boynton. She trained as a nurse and now largely looks after Mrs Boynton while struggling to have a real marriage to a man who is emotionally crippled and while being sought after by Jefferson Cope. American
Age 50+ LADY WESTHOLME Very British ex-Conservative member of parliament who has a huge sense of entitlement and superiority. Largely a comic caricature but with some parallels to Mrs Boynton
Age 62 MRS BOYNTON The tyrannical, sadistic step-mother of Ginevra, Raymond and Lennox – the major antagonist in the play and one of Christie's best villains. American
Age 60+ MISS PRYCE English spinster – self-effacing antithesis to Lady Westholme. In personality very much like Miss Marple as played by Joan Hickson. Not a large role, but an important and challenging one.
Age 15-30 ARAB BOY Does a lot but says little. At first he is a hotel porter cum waiter; then the tour odd-job man at the desert camp. He is often called 'boy' but that could reflect status rather than age
Age 24 RAYMOND BOYNTON Younger son of the tyrannical Mrs Boynton; in love with Sarah but unable to break free of his mother's control. Complex psychological role. American
Age 30 LENNOX BOYNTON Elder son of Mrs Boynton and husband to Nadine. His marriage is empty as his mother totally controls him. Complex psychological role. American
Age 45 JEFFERSON COPE Friend of the Boynton family who has long been in love with Nadine and wants her to leave a loveless marriage and take up with him. American
Age 30+ DRAGOMAN Arabic guide – a largely comic character in the style of I S Johar in 'Northwest Frontier' or 'Death on the Nile'. He is Christian and hates being called Mohammed by Lady Westholme. Show-stealer
Age 40+ CLERK Hotel clerk / receptionist in Jerusalem - not a lot of dialogue but often quite busy. May have some extra duties added on
Age 40+ CARBERY Head of Transjordanian police in Act 3. English. Described as the hunting / shooting / fishing type but with surprising shrewdness
Age 50+ HIGGS Lancashire alderman – working class man who battles the very superior Lady Westholme. Largely a comic caricature and requires the right accent for his dialogue
Age 50+ DR GERARD French psychiatrist who takes interest in the Boynton family's psychopathology and is determined to save Ginevra from being totally destroyed.
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