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Auditions for High Springs Playhouse 2022 – 2023 Season

“Death by Chocolate”

By Paul Freed

SHOW DATES: April 7-30, 2023


Audition Dates: Feb. 5 & 6 @ 7pm


Directed by Andy Jean

THE STORY: Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies, including famed chef Edith Chiles! On the eve of the grand re-opening, this is not the best advertisement. It’s up to John Stone, the manager, to find the cause and the murderer. Delightfully sarcastic and cynical, Stone finds himself teaming up with Ed Parlor, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, in a wacky race against time. The clues point to a sinister box of chocolates, and the suspects include all the outlandish characters working for the resort. Could it be Lady Riverdale, owner of the resort and a woman with dark secrets? Or Ralph Deadwood, gym instructor and all around cad? Dick Simmering, the aerobics instructor? Anne, the panic-stricken nurse? Or could it be “Sweet Pea” Meadowbrook, overweight and grieving daughter of the recently deceased founder of the resort? Death by Chocolate combines all the elements of classic murder mysteries with a scathing satire of today’s health crazes.




John Stone – The leading character.  He is quick-witted and finds almost everything absurd (a basic cynical sort of person).
Lady Riverdale – A major supporting character.  She has a high-society type, except when occasionally required to use a “vicious street shrewdness” to survive.
Ed Parlor – A major supporting character.  He is a fictional writer.  He has a cherry disposition and enjoys the opportunity to try and solve the mysterious deaths by chocolate.
Ralph Deadwood – A supporting character.  He is an all around cad.  Uses what he knows to get whatever he wants from others.
Alfred Mellox – A supporting character.  He is in charge of the janitorial staff for the resort.  He is very stiff, rigid, and typical “butler-type” with a clipped British accent.
Dyslexia – A supporting character.  She long suffering assistant of Lady Riverdale.  She is the straight character of story.
Margaret Daniels – A supporting character.  She is trying to write a feature story on the resort, and dig up dirt for a leading gossip magazine.
Dick Simmering – A minor supporting character.  He is an aerobics instructor.  He is a bright, hyperactive, effeminate person.
Edith Chiles – A minor supporting character.  She is the Head Chef.  She has a jovial personality and New England Matronly manners (whatever that means).
“Sweet Pea” Meadowbrook – A minor supporting character.  She is the grieving daughter of the resorts last owner, and a young woman of few words.
Anne – A minor supporting character.  She is the resort nurse who tends to panic at the slightest injury.

Preparation for Auditions: 

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

If you have questions you can email us at [email protected]


Auditions will be held at the High Springs Playhouse, 130 NE 1st Ave. (use for GPS navigation), High Springs, FL  32643

Rehearsals are typically weekday evenings but may vary by director.  Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

The High Springs Playhouse is a ‘Community Theater’ and we encourage anyone to audition for our season productions. Experience in theater is not required. We welcome theater enthusiasts from all walks of life.

When planning to audition for an HSP production, please consider researching the particular play to see which role(s) you would be interested in and to have an understanding of the story being told. Performers should plan on providing basic information about themselves to the show director and production staff and may be asked to ‘read for’ various roles during the audition. If possible, please print out the Audition Form below and bring it to the audition already filled out with your information.