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CBC opens the doors to ‘Murder Inn’ for casting call
by Paul Gonzales
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Students and community members showed up for the “Murder Inn” casting call held Tuesday night. Another casting call will be held Jan. 31 at the Coastal Bend College Gertrude Jones Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.
Paul Gonzales photo Students and community members showed up for the “Murder Inn” casting call held Tuesday night. Another casting call will be held Jan. 31 at the Coastal Bend College Gertrude Jones Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.
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BEEVILLE — “Murder Inn,” the new play directed by Coastal Bend College theater instructor Phyllis Garcia, is a set in New England at an old 18th-century inn, which is supposedly haunted by a knife-throwing poltergeist named Marco.

A group of ghost hunters have to stop at the inn as a storm blows in, and they soon start dying and have to figure which one is actually to blame.

“It’s a murder/mystery/comedy,” Garcia said.

And what made Garcia choose this particular play for her spring show?

“It’s funny,” she added.

“I love anything funny. I love comedies.”

The casting call for “Murder Inn” will be held at the CBC Gertrude Jones Auditorium and Garcia is looking for a few good, older actors.

“High school and up.

“No children at all. There’s some movement for age, but it is a show where most of the characters are in their 30s and 40s.”

And taking a look at the casting sheet, there are more than a few advanced age parts that will be needing filling.

So if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at acting, now’s your chance.

“I’ve had a couple of phone calls already and of course kids on campus have already told me they want to come by and audition.”

And it’s not only actors the production is seeking.

“If you’re interested in being backstage crew, running lights, sound, working on costumes, just helping people backstage. We’re always looking for those people as well.”

And so far Garcia hasn’t been at a loss for a cast or crew. She’s usually filling cast by the end of the casting calls.

“It hasn’t been a problem normally.

“I usually have enough people show up, but you never know.

“We’ve been short a person once or twice, and usually I’ll just find somebody I know who will do it for me.”

And anyone looking to audition shouldn’t bring anything but your reading glasses and some guts.

“I’m strictly a cold reading director, which means that I give you a piece of the script and ask you to get up and improvise to the best of your ability.”

And after the casting call is complete, practice will start for the play which will hit the stage in April.

“April 25, 26 and 27. That’s what I’m seeing calendar wise. It’s Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the last full week in April.”

The casting call for “Murder Inn” will be held Jan. 31 at the Gertrude Jones Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

You can also call Garcia at (361) 354-2427 or drop her a line at garciap@coastalbend.edu.

Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.
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