GreenMan Theatre will hold auditions in December for their upcoming murder-mystery dinner theatre "Speakeasy or Die Hard 2." Auditions will be held December 15 and 16, Sunday at 2 pm and Monday at 7 pm. Auditions will be held at GreenMan's performance space, 232 S. York St., in Elmhurst at the First United Methodist Church. Performances of "Speakeasy" will be at Angelo's Ristorante in February and March of 2020. No appointments are required to audition.
"Speakeasy or Die Hard 2" is set in Chicago during the Roaring 1920s at the height of Prohibition. Think gangsters, bootleg alcohol, and a speakeasy disguised as a tea room in the basement of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Add to that a pair of Russian spies, stolen jewels, and murder most foul! What could be better for an evening of entertainment? GreenMan's popular dinner show offers comic action, songs and dances, and some audience interaction including opportunities to guess the murderer. The show is written and directed by Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff. There are parts for 9 men and 7 women of various ages.
Actors auditioning for the show will read from the script and do short improvisations based on the characters. Although not everyone in the production needs to sing, all actors should be prepared to sing a few measures of a song at auditions. Most of the music will come from the '20s, so an audition piece from the period is suggested. Some performers may have solos or duets, and there will also be some dancing. Dancers are encouraged to bring tap shoes, if they have them, and be prepared to do a short tap audition. The production goes up February 21 to March 1, 2020 at Angelo's Ristorante in Elmhurst. There is no pay. Actors will rehearse three or four times a week in January and four times a week in February.