Whodunnit returns to the Repertory stage

Director Jonathan Tucker is gearing up for the Wanted - One Body auditions on Sunday afternoon.

THE Invercargill Repertory Society are on the lookout for cast members for next year’s whodunnit play.

Wanted – One Body will be coming to the stage in early April, with auditions to be held this Sunday.

They were in need of nine characters – four women and five men – to act in the comedy thriller.

Director Jonathan Tucker said he was excited for the production as the group had not done a murder mystery for years.

“I’m really looking forward to this. After seeing Mousetrap [by Agatha Christie], I thought it’s been a long time since the Repertory Society has done a whodunnit in the parlour kind of play. In fact, it might be 40 or 50 years since we’ve done one.”

The production originated from Britain and was a three-act farce.

“There’s a dark Elizabethan house, there’s thunderstorms, lightning and someone has died in the house.

“Everything is a mystery and it is all revealed as the play goes on.”

There were plenty of farcical characters who were larger than life featured in the production, Tucker said.

“There is an old doctor, who is blind, and so he keeps bumping into furniture and things. There are a lot of characters with big personalities and impossible things happen. It’s an over-the-top comedy.”

Auditions for the play will be held at Invercargill’s Repertory House, 167 Esk St, from 2pm-4pm on Sunday.

Backstage personnel were also required, particularly in the wardrobe department, he said.

If anyone was interested in helping backstage, they could phone Tucker on 021 234 0049.