Current Auditions

The Play That Goes Wrong

by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
Directed by Saundra McClain

Important Dates


Tuesday, August 23rd starting at 5pm Garvin Theatre

By appointment, please email Christina Frank-Bellew, Emails will be responded to starting Monday, August 16th. (*see campus Covid rules)



Friday, August 26th starting at 5pm Garvin Theatre


1st Rehearsal: August 31, 2022 time tba

Performances: October 12-29, 2022

Auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place in the Garvin Theatre, Santa Barbara City College


Rehearsals: Rehearsals are organized around actor conflicts as much as possible. Typically rehearsals are held in the evenings and weekends, 15-20 hours per week with actors called and released as needed. As this is an ensemble reliant show, all actors will be called to most rehearsals.


FYI: Please read the play since you may be asked to read more than one role. This is a physically demanding play. Actors should be able to move well and not have a fear of heights.  Some characters will have to do pratfalls.

Please complete the audition form and bring it with you to your audition.

Visitors to SBCC are required to provide proof of full vaccination, OR a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the past 72 hours and a photo ID.
A mask must be worn at all times in the building and can be taken off when you are on stage auditioning.  



The Play That Goes Wrong begins before the curtain has even been raised, as the audience are present while the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society prepare to stage their new production – the 1920s murder mystery 'Murder at Haversham Manor'. However the set is not yet complete and there is no time to finish it off…..the show must go on! With a murder (and a moving corpse) established from the beginning, the murder mystery gets into full flow. However, the props start to disappear, actors go missing and the set begins to collapse around, and often on, the cast. Mayhem ensues, the acting gets worse, and the set becomes increasingly dangerous, but the company struggle on regardless. The question is whether any of the cast and crew will remain standing, or conscious, by the final curtain?!



Character Breakdown


Chris: Male
High status clown. Rigid, uptight, everything really matters; he is the director of the show and this is the biggest day of his life; everything is riding on this; it is a nerve wracking and exciting night; his pain is evident and every time someone laughs the pain deepens; he has equal amounts of contempt for his fellow actors and the audience watching the play.


Robert: Male

Wants to be Richard Burton, as evidenced by his declamatory style; he is, however, not a parody of a bad actor; he is unaware of others around him; he does not feel badly when things go wrong and never learns from his mistakes; there is a power struggle between Robert and Chris to be president of the Cornley Poly Drama Society (a position that matters a great deal to Robert); seeking an actor with real vocal power.


Max: Male

He has never been on stage before; he learned his lines and does exactly what he's told to do; he has zero connection with any of the other actors, but when he gets a laugh he breaks the 4th wall and engages with the audience; childlike and naïve; his mistakes are fundamental; he doesn't think anything through, just looks for approval.


Dennis: Male

He has no real desire to be involved in the theatre, he just wants to make friends (of which he has none); he believes if he does well in the show, he will be more successful socially; laughter from the audience is agony for him; he may be slightly oblivious, but understands when he gets things wrong; the laughter is a personal tragedy/failure.


Trevor: Male

the play’s lighting and sound operator; he simply wants to get on with the show; curmudgeonly and doesn’t care for actors; he is easily distracted and does many things he shouldn’t, including engaging with the audience; when things go really sideways he is forced to act in the play; he hates acting.


Jonathan: Male

A bit bland, but sees himself as a James Bond type; excited and having fun, but not naïve; he technically has to drive the show; he cares about the play, but not to the same extent as the others; very physical role.


Sandra: Female

She is vain and possesses a huge ego; wants to be loved; has ambitions to go to Hollywood and will hurt anyone standing in the way of what she wants, but is smart enough to stay on the good side of someone who can help her (like the director); you know the type; the stakes
are high for her; very physical role.


Annie: Female

The stage manager; she has the biggest journey of any of the characters; when Sandra is indisposed Annie, who cannot bear to be on stage, must step in; initially terrified by acting, she is willing to kill for it by the end of the play; her initial terror turns to joy, and then to fury; she starts small, but grows and grows.


Audition Requirements

Please read the play and choose and prepare the sides from your character of choice. A reader will be available at the auditions to read the other characters in your side. If time permits you may be asked to read another character, so you are encouraged to be familiar with all of the sides.

For audition appointments please email Christina Frank-Bellew  Audition appointment requests will be responded to starting Monday, August 16th, sides will be emailed to you in a response when you ask for an audition slot. 

"I Love acting, it's much more real than life."

-Oscar Wilde