Backstage to hold auditions for ‘The Smell of Kill’ on April 16 |

Backstage to hold auditions for ‘The Smell of Kill’ on April 16


BRECKENRIDGE ” The Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge is seeking three women and three men for their summer season production of “The Smell of the Kill.”

(Note that the three men perform as offstage voices only ” but are integral to the action and perform throughout the play.)

The story: Take three delicious, malicious wives; add three miserable, unloving husbands. Shake (not stir) them carefully, and chill. That’s the recipe for this tantalizing black comedy.

Nicky, Debra and Molly are infrequent friends facing the challenges of their lives. Nicky’s husband has been indicted for embezzlement; Molly’s husband is stalking her; and Debra’s husband is leaving her for another woman.

When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker during a dinner party at one of the couple’s homes, the women are faced with a life-or-death decision ” should they leave the men out in the cold ” permanently ” or let them thaw? One by one, the women make their choices, with more than a little help from one another. How “desperate” are these housewives? You’ll have to wait until the very end to find out.

“The Smell of the Kill” is directed by John Ashton (“Escanaba in da Moonlight,” “I Hate Hamlet”), a popular Denver director who was owner and operator of The Avenue Theatre for more than 20 years. Auditions will be Monday, April 16 from 6-9 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 South Ridge St.

Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute comic monologue and be prepared to read from the show. Scripts are available for check-out from all Summit County libraries. Auditions are by appointment only.

Rehearsals for “The Smell of the Kill” will begin in May. The show opens at the Backstage Theatre on July 20 and plays alternating weeks until August 19. All positions are paid.

Call (970) 453-0199 to make an appointment for an audition time or for more information.

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