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‘Something’s Afoot’ and the butler didn’t do it

April 18, 2013

Calling area actors! The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center is holding auditions this month for its summer production of "Something's Afoot."

"Something's Afoot" is a murder mystery musical that spoofs detective stories, mainly the novel, "And Then There Were None" (a.k.a. "Ten Little Indians"). This play will use automated special effects to portray the mystery and the magic of a typical Agatha Christie "whodunnit."

"Folks who are not familiar with this musical are in for a real treat - a suspenseful plot, excellent musical and dance numbers, and a set that is full of technical surprisesput that with the fact that a thunderstorm creates a power outage and, the butler didn't do it!" said Pip Gordon, director of the Orpheum. "We also have the privilege of working with Jay Edelnant, professor of acting at UNI who is known for his direction of musicals and plays there. Amy Ose will be the Musical Director with the return of musicians that were with us for last summer's production of 'Honk'. We expect Something's Afoot to be as well received by Marshalltonians."

"Something's Afoot" is an Orpheum Performance Series production and is made possible by a generous grant from the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation as well as matching grant support for corporations such as Theisens, Union Pacific, Wells Fargo, Fisher-Emerson Process Management, MMSC and individuals who made the second year funding match possible.

The performance series at the Orpheum is also directly related to the Entertainment Design Technology program at Marshalltown Community College where students are trained in state of the art processes and equipment. This summer, student interns will benefit from working directly beside professionals coming to Marshalltown to work on the project, especially in the area of special effects.

"One of those effects involves the maid getting swallowed by the Ming vase! And she sings about it all the way!" Gordon said.

Auditions are from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Orpheum Theater Center Black Box Theater. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing a contemporary Broadway song, 1632 bars only, a capella acceptable. Callbacks will take place that same day at 4 p.m.

Come prepared to do some cold reading using the script provided. Actors will have a chance to learn/look over anything they are asked to read. Actors should use the stage door entrance on the north side of the Orpheum Theater Center.

MCC students who sign up for summer play production can earn college credits for acting roles and backstage crews. MCC Summer Internship credits are arranged through the MCC Entertainment Design Technology program and will begin May 20 and end July 2. Scripts are available for review at the Orpheum Theater Center welcome office. For more information, visit



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