Murder on the Orient Express

The Racine Theatre Guild will be holding open auditions for Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express on Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m.


A blizzard strikes on a dark, stormy night, stranding a train on the tracks. Inside the luxury coach, a murder has occurred behind a locked door. But how? Renowned detective Hercule Poirot must investigate the treachery and scheming before the killer strikes again. A train full of suspects and a notebook’s worth of alibis, it’s a fast-paced whodunnit that goes off the rails with glamour, intrigue, and plenty of sleuthing.


Accent work is encouraged at auditions. There is the possibility of doubling parts being shifted and will be determined by auditions/callbacks.

Female/Female Presenting

  • Mary Debenham (Ages 20s – 40s): British; A governess, capable yet romantic, anxious about her journey on the Orient Express, there is a sadness around her eyes, clearly has a secret and an unknown relationship to Colonel Arbuthnot.
  • Princess Dragomiroff (Ages 40s – 70s): Russian; Royalty, a sweeping, impressive presence, intimidating, impatient, expensively dressed and bejeweled, everyone knows when she enters the room.
  • Greta Ohlsson (Ages 20s – 40s): Swedish; Missionary, inherently odd, very strict and religiously devout, a sheepish, almost frightened quality. Princess Dragomiroff is paying her way in exchange for helping her on her journey.
  • Countess Andrenyi (Ages 20s – 40s): Hungarian; Beautifully and exquisitely dressed, like something out of a fairy tale, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets.  Intelligent, her delicacy belies a steely edge; she is no wilting flower.
  • Helen Hubbard (Ages 40s – 70s): American; Eccentric, bold and outspoken with a touch of flamboyance, from the American Midwest, jovial, deliciously nosy and brash, often flirtatious.  She can talk to anyone, even if they don’t want to listen.

Male/Male Presenting

  • Hercule Poirot (Ages 40s – 60s): Belgian; World famous detective, meticulous, witty, oddly charismatic in his own way, slightly pompous, passionately driven to find the answers, strong moral compass. Nothing gets by him.
  • Monsieur Bouc (Ages 30s – 50s): Belgian; Director of Wagon-Lit, the train company that owns the Orient Express, a good-humored man, playful, generous, proud, an excellent host with a love of luxury and grandeur.
  • Hector MacQueen (Ages 20s – 50s): American; Secretary and assistant to Samuel Ratchett, tightly wound, edgy and nervous, always seems to be on the verge of falling apart – making him an immediate suspect in the case.
  • Michel The Conductor/Head Waiter (Ages 20s – 50s): Michel: French;  Polite, hard-working, happy to have a good position on the Orient Express, eager to please. Waiter: Turkish; Snooty and smooth, a (phony) name dropper, charismatic and slightly.
  • Colonel Arbuthnot/Samuel Ratchett (Ages 20s – 60s) Colonel: Scottish; Honorable, matter of fact, clearly has a secret.  He enjoys the sense of adventure that the Orient Express provides; takes charge when he needs to. Samuel: American; Businessman with a gangster’s edge, evil at heart and frightening, unforgiving, pushy, domineering.


Director Douglas Instenes will hold auditions at the Racine Theatre Guild. No appointments necessary and you need to only attend one of the days of auditions. Auditions consist of a cold reading from the script. Scripts may be checked out in advance from the box office with a $10 deposit, which will be refunded when the script is returned.

Individuals of all levels of experience, ethnicities, and backgrounds are invited to audition. Cast and crew members are not required to be vaccinated, however, vaccinations are encouraged.


Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will begin in July. RTG works try to coordinate everyone’s schedule and respect people’s time, so typically not everyone is called to every rehearsal. Most often, rehearsals will be Monday – Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. with some weekends too.

Performance Schedule

Murder on the Orient Express will be performed September 13 – 29, 2024

  • Friday, September 13 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 14 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 15 – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19 – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 21 – 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 22 – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26 – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 27 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 28 – 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 29 – 2 p.m.

For further information, contact the Box Office at (262) 633-4218 or email

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