The Maysville Players are seeking male actors for the February performances of “Wait Until Dark.”

Auditions for four male roles (ages 30s-60s) will be given at the Washington Opera House on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and Thursday, Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. Those auditioning will be asked to give cold readings from selected scenes in the script. No experience is necessary.

“This is such a great thriller,” said Mike Thomas, producing director of the local theatre company. “The male roles should be great fun for an actor to portray.”

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original stage script by Frederick Knott, “Wait Until Dark” centers around a young blind woman whose life and well-being are threatened by a group of men seeking a mysterious package left in the woman’s apartment unbeknownst to her. As the climax builds, the woman discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape.

“The script is packed with thrills,” Thomas said. “The final 10 minutes should have the audience on the edges of their seats.”

The leading role of the blind woman will be played by Players regular Shelby Turkelson. Turkelson has been featured in productions of “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Scotland Road,” “As It is in Heaven,” “Almost Maine,” and “Proof.”

“Shelby is a fine actress and brings great characters to the stage,” Thomas said. “I, basically, picked this show to feature her.”

Joining Turkelson in the role of Gloria, a young girl in a neighboring apartment, will be Sydney Lilley. Lilley has been featured in Players productions of “Junie B. Jones: The Musical,” “Into the Woods,” “A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tale,” “Bye, Bye Birdie,” and “Junie B. Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.”

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The male roles are the three thieves (Roat, Mike and Carlino) and the blind woman’s husband, Sam.

“These are challenging roles,” Thomas said. “The thieves have a lot of physical activity on the stage.”

Rehearsals for the February production being January 8th with performances scheduled for Feb. 15-18 and 22-25. Perusal scripts are available in advance by calling Thomas at 606-375-1174.

The Washington Opera House is located at 116 West Second Street in downtown Maysville.

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