A Virtual Musical

Varthur McArthur, owner of a small community theatre but aspiring Broadway star, has invited some of his closest actor friends over to his home to do a live reading of his new play, The Circus Steamboat Murder.  But when someone ends up dead, meter maid and hopeful homicide detective Justine Case springs into action to solve the crime!

Written specifically for online theatre, and featuring a killer soundtrack, A Killer Party is fun, and fast-paced, virtual musical.



Rehearsal Information

  • This is a non-union, unpaid opportunity.

  • There is NO membership fee required for this production.

  • All actors will need to use a smartphone to rehearse and record their scenes/songs.

  • Green screens will not be used; actors will use various rooms in their home as the set.

  • Rehearsals will begin the week of September 29th through the week of November 14th.

  • Rehearsals will occur virtually 2-3 times per week for approximately two hours in the evening.

  • The performance will be pre-recorded and streamed on December 17th and 18th, 2022.

Audition Information

  • Auditions will consist of a live, virtual acting audition and submission of a pre-recorded vocal audition.

  • Acting auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 13th and Thursday, September 15th.

    • You only need to attend one of the above dates.​

    • Acting auditions will be in 25 minute blocks in small groups where you will be asked to do a cold reading from the script.

  • Vocal auditions should be in the style of the music from show and demonstrate your musical and acting range.

Character Descriptions

  • VARTHUR MCARTHUR—ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (pronouns: he/him): Once a Gavroche on Broadway (and not seen on Broadway since), this director is now in Middle America bringing culture to Philistines. Pompous, arrogant, loves being a big fish in a little town.

  • JUSTINE CASE—DETECTIVE (pronouns: she/her): Lowly meter-maid promoted to detective when everyone else on the force is unavailable. This is her big break and she’s determined and quirky. The suspects have disdain for her because she has ticketed them all. Knows nothing about theatre.

  • CLARKE STAPLES—STAGE MANAGER (pronouns: he/him, she/her, they/them): Has been working as a stage manager, assistant director, assistant to the director, box office manager, concessions, barback, and typist for Varthur for ten years. Beleaguered and loyal, could he have finally snapped?

  • SHEA CRESCENDO—DESIGNER (pronouns: he/him, she/her, they/them): Works at theater full-time—costumes, sets; a visionary with too few resources. Shea goes all the way with everything they do, whether they’re designing a show or playing a role in the murder mystery dinner party. It’s all or nothing for Shea.

  • VIVIKA ORSONWELLES—LEADING LADY (pronouns: she/her): Pharmacist by day, star by night. When she finds out that Varthur cast Lily, an ambitious upstart, as the lead in the murder mystery dinner party instead of her, she is fuming. Is she mad enough to take revenge?

  • GEORGE MURDERER—LEADING MAN (pronouns: he/him): A trust-fund kid who fancies himself a musical theater writer. In fact, he believes he has written the next Hamilton. The AD has been stringing him along, taking his family’s money, making him think that they would be doing his musical next. When the cast list went out and it wasn’t for his musical, he was livid.

  • LILY WRIGHT—INGENUE (pronouns: she/her): Real Estate Broker by day and aspiring leading lady by night. She’s tired of playing second fiddle to Vivika. She wants her own spotlight and tonight she’s finally gotten it.

  • CAMERON MITCHELLJOHN—ALWAYS IN THE CHORUS (pronouns: he/him): Cameron took off work tonight—as a cater/waiter—because Varthur promised him a role in the Murder Mystery. Only, lo and behold, he’s playing the mute Steward —so he’s still taking coats, serving canapes, and waiting for his moment to shine.

  • JOAN MCARTHUR—DIRECTOR’S WIFE (pronouns: she/her): An estate lawyer, who prefers to work with dead people, Joan has bankrolled this entire theater venture and she’s fed up. She’s been trying to sell the building and everything they own goes to her in Varthur’s will.

  • JEREMY JORDAN—A fantasy version of himself (pronouns: he/him)

  • DETECTIVE CASE (pronouns: she/her): A latter day version of Justine, now a grand dame of policework who is alternately procrastinating and writing her memoirs.


This show is intended to be performed by a multi-racial cast. We acknowledge that the identities and embodied realities of the actors will deepen how we read many implicit character dynamics in the story.

We want to be inclusive in our overall approach to representation across race/ethnicity, gender, body type, and ability. We recognize that many of these characters are written on the binary (using he/him or she/her pronouns) and gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors should be encouraged to submit for the roles they most identify with; pronouns can be changed as needed.

To audition:

Please do not complete the steps below until your vocal audition is ready to be submitted.