Variety of roles with drama league

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by Greta Yeoman

Stage-friendly dogs, senior citizens and the leading lady of Legally Blonde are among the roles on offer for South Canterbury Drama League productions this year.

While the league’s first show of the year – British playwright Robert Duncan’s Cut!, based on the popular board game Cluedo – is already in rehearsal, there are plenty of other on-stage opportunities for budding performers later this year.

Murder really is a mystery

A murder-mystery comedic show – with several different possible endings – will make its debut at The Playhouse next month.

British playwright Robert Duncan’s Cut!, based on the board game Cluedo, will have its world premiere run of shows performed by the South Canterbury Drama League.

When film producer Otto Steinburger gathers together six guests for an evening of entertainment, the night takes a twist when there is a murder – but who did it and how?

The play, directed by Stefanie Crawford, brings to life the murder-mystery game Cluedo and the possible murderer is set to change nightly.

Crawford said there would be a competition during each show for the audience to guess who the murderer was.

Cut! comes to The Playhouse from March 15-22 at 7.30pm, along with a Sunday matinee on March 17 at 3pm.

The major production of the year will be Legally Blonde: The Musical, based on the popular film starring Reese Witherspoon, which will be performed at The Playhouse in July.

Audition packs for a variety of roles – including leading lady Elle Woods – are now available and an information evening will be held on February 25 at 7pm.

Auditions will be held on March 1-3, director Alice Sollis says.

There will be close to 30 roles available in the show, including about 10 lead roles.

As 70%-80% of the show is sung, Sollis hopes to find plenty of interested singers and dancers to join the cast.

She says while “being true to yourself never goes out of style” and it is the “very essence” of the show, Sollis stresses it is a comical entertaining two hours of song and dance.

“It just makes me laugh.”

After all the roles are cast, the drama league will be searching for two stars of the canine kind, as there are two dogs in the show.

“[So we] will also be auditioning for dogs.”

Preceding the Legally Blonde performances will be Roger Hall’s Last Legs, also directed by Sollis.

The play will be performed in May and auditions will be held on February 16.

Last Legs is based in a Cambridge retirement community whose residents are either pleased or planning to protest when news emerges that the Prime Minister is to open a new wing of the retirement village.

The play is described as a “lethally funny black comedy about sex, death and politics with an irresistible appeal to the old and bold of heart”.

For more information about performances by the South Canterbury Drama League this year, visit dramaleague.org.nz.