Murder on the Orient Express (Grades 6-12)

Students in Grades 6 through 12 this school year: Join us for our advanced Youth Theatre Troupe play: Murder on the Orient Express!

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic strikes the perfect balance of the cerebral and the comic in this humorous, but still dramatic and suspenseful, theatrical adaptation.

Students must audition for this advanced theatre group.

CFCArts is a Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES, formerly Gardiner Scholarship) provider, and the FES can be used to cover program tuition! CFCArts scholarships are also available.

Register Here!

Want to audition for the Jr. Troupe – Supporting and Lead roles? Students in grades 3-12 may choose to attend our Audition Prep Workshop on Tuesday, August 9, 5:30-7 PM. Students will gain familiarity with the shows and characters, have the opportunity to participate in a mock acting audition and receive feedback, and participate in a Q&A session with casting staff. You can register your student for the Audition Prep Workshop on their Registration Form: Grades 3-12 and use the links below to pay. We offer a sibling discount for this workshop!

1 student – $20, click to pay

2 siblings – $35, click to pay

3 siblings – $50, click to pay

Information

Please click here for an extensive outline of our safety procedures.

Please email Director of Education – Youth Programs, Leah Porrata, at Leah.Porrata@cfcarts.com with any questions.

All students will rehearse on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays as called, anytime between 5:30-8 PM, at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) and/or the performance venue Central Florida Community Arts Black Box Theatre (250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804) from August 16 to October 14 (9 weeks, no rehearsal September 5, Labor Day.) Locations will be noted on the full rehearsal schedule by Wednesday, August 17.

Not every Troupe performer will be called to every rehearsal! A full rehearsal schedule will be released after auditions by Wednesday, August 17. The number of rehearsals required will depend on the size of your student’s role.

All Troupe performers should plan to attend rehearsal on Tuesday, August 16 for a read-through and of course, all tech and dress rehearsals as listed below. 

Tech and dress rehearsals will take place at Central Florida Community Arts Black Box Theatre (250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804) from Monday, October 17 through Thursday, October 20 from 5:30 PM until latest 10 PM. Students may also be called to load-in Sunday, October 16 in the afternoon and/or evening. A specific tech week rehearsal will be sent out later in the rehearsal process, but all cast members must be available, and will be called, for all days and times.

All cast must attend all tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Performances will take place on Shows Friday, October 21 at 7 PM; Saturday, October 22 at 2 PM and 7 PM; Sunday, October 23 at 2 PM and 7 PM at Central Florida Community Arts Black Box Theatre (250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804,) See below for show day schedules:

  • Friday, October 21 – Call time 5:30 PM, show time 7 PM
  • Saturday, October 22 – Call time 12:30 PM, show time 2 PM, dinner break approximately 5-6 PM, show time 7 PM
  • Sunday, October 23 – Call time 12:30 PM, show time 2 PM, dinner break approximately 5-6 PM, show time 7 PM, strike approximately 9-11 PM

Audience members may purchase in-person tickets on the event page and may attend following our safety procedures.

All cast must attend all scheduled tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Tuition for all performers is $250. There are four ways to cover tuition:

  • Complete the tuition payment in full via PayPal (a link will be sent out), or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.) Payment is due no later than Monday, August 15
  • Reach out to youth@cfcarts.com to set up a tuition payment plan of three installments. The first installment will be due no later than Monday, August 15, the second installment no later than Monday, September 12, and the final installment no later than Monday, October 17. Students must have tuition paid in full to perform in the production. Installment payments may be made online via PayPal (a link will be provided) or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted, and be sure to set up your payment plan with us first; checks cannot be accepted at rehearsal.)
  • Complete the Financial Assistance Application no later than Monday, August 15 to be considered for a need-based scholarship for this program. Any remaining balance for your student’s tuition will be due no later than Monday, October 17. Students must have their remaining tuition balance paid in full to perform in the production. Payment of the remaining balance may be made online via PayPal (a link will be provided) or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.)
  • CFCArts is a Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES, formerly Gardiner Scholarship) direct pay provider, and the FES can be used to cover program tuition. Simply email your student’s FES ID number to us at youth@cfcarts.com no later than Monday, August 15 and we will invoice FES for the amount of the program tuition.
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Auditions

Auditions will take place on August 12-13 (callbacks for selected students August 14) at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789). (Click here for Casting Policy.)

Students may audition for the Companies and Jr. Troupe play, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, at the same time if desired. Please click the link for more information about these three plays! Please note that students can only do either the Companies/Jr. Troupe or Troupe play but will not be able to do both.

Auditions for our Winter Musical, Elf the Musical, will take place October 14-15. Please click the link for more information about this upcoming production!

Audition blocks are listed below, and you can select which one your student will attend on your student’s Registration Form. Students must stay for the duration of their audition block.

  • Block A – Friday, August 12, 6-8 PM
  • Block B – Saturday, August 13, 10 AM-12 PM
  • Block C – Saturday, August 13, 1-3 PM
  • Block D – Saturday, August 13, 4-6 PM

Callbacks will be held for selected students on Sunday, August 14, sometime between 2-6 PM. Students will be informed of their callback status and exact call time by email no later than 10 PM on Saturday, August 13.

  • Fill out your student’s Registration Form. Headshots and resumes are encouraged as well, and can be emailed to youth@cfcarts.com at least 24 hours prior to your audition in PDF format. If emailed late or in a different format, we may not be able to access your resume. Please do not bring hard copies to your audition.
  • There is no need to memorize a monologue or prepare any other type of performance.
  • All auditioners will participate in cold readings from Murder on the Orient Express as well as possibly Sherlock Holmes even if not auditioning for that play. The scripts and character descriptions can be found here.
  • Please bring a water bottle. Food and gum is not permitted.
  • Dance or athletic shoes required. No restrictive attire, open-toed shoes, flip-flops/sandals, heels, or skirts/dresses without leggings or shorts beneath.
  • Auditions, as well as rehearsals, are closed to parents and other visitors. For safety reasons, only students and approved staff/volunteers are permitted.
  • If your student would like some help preparing for their audition, the CFCArts Academy is here to help with Private Lessons in audition prep covering acting, voice, and/or dance coaching! Lessons can be one-time (called “Flex”) or you can set up recurring lessons if you prefer. Contact Academy@cfcarts.com to register!
  • Students may choose to attend our Audition Prep Workshop on Tuesday, August 9, 5:30-7 PM. Students will gain familiarity with the shows and characters, have the opportunity to participate in a mock acting audition and receive feedback, and participate in a Q&A session with casting staff. You can register your student for the Audition Prep Workshop on their Registration Form: Grades 3-12 and use the links below to pay. We offer a sibling discount for this workshop!
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Please follow these steps to register your student.

Once your Registration Form is complete, you will be sent Fall 2022 paperwork via EverSign to your email. 

Not quite ready to join but have some questions about the program or how to get involved?
Just ask! Contact our office at 407-937-1800;719, or email us at Youth@cfcarts.com.