WATERVILLE — Auditions for “The Play That Goes Wrong” are set for 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 12 and 13, on the Waterville Opera House Main Stage, 1 Common St.

Callbacks will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is a play-within-a-play that follows the Cornley Drama Society’s production of the 1920s whodunit, “The Murder at Haversham Manor,” according to a news release from the opera house.

Despite best efforts, the production rapidly goes from bad to disastrous, with madcap mishaps and choreographed chaos — from an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, a self-destructing set, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences.

“The Play That Goes Wrong” is a physically demanding show. Actors considering auditioning for this production should be in good physical shape. Most roles will require varying amounts of crawling, climbing up and down a ladder, lifting, running, and/or falling.

There also is a carefully choreographed sword fight, repeatable hand-to-hand combat, and special “handling” called for in the script.

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Show dates are 7:30 p.m. March 31, April 1, 7 and 8, and 2 p.m. April 2 and 9.

For more information, visit watervillecreates.org/operahouse.

 

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