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Seven Keys to Baldpate by George M. Cohan

Performance Dates: April 24, 25, 26; May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
Heritage Center
635 N. Delmorr Avenue
(next to the Calhoun Street Bridge)
Morrisville, PA
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 1:00 to 4:00pm
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:00 to 9:00pm

Director John Boccanfuso seeks thirteen actors (eight men, five women) for ActorsNET's April/May production of George M. Cohan's SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE. All roles are open and unpaid. ALL AGES, BODY TYPES, ETHNICITIES, AND GENDER IDENTITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION!


With one of the most successful plays of the early 20th century, George M. Cohan created a new style of play which baffled and delighted audiences when SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE opened in 1913: a melodrama crossed with a farce tied up in a mystery. The play tells the story of a novelist, William Magee, who locks himself away in a snowbound hotel for 24 hours in an effort to win a bet with the hotel's owner that he cannot write an entire novel during his short stay. The owner assures Magee that he has the only key, but Magee will find out over the course of the night that there are several others, all in the possession of quirky, crazed characters involved in an increasingly bizarre scheme to steal millions.

CAST DETAILS: Characters (in order of appearance)
  • Elijah Quimby: The caretaker of the Baldpate Inn; a simple man (may double)
  • Mrs. Quimby: Elijah's wife; a simple woman (may double)
  • William Magee: A novelist; smart, suave; the stereotypical "leading man" type
  • John Bland: The right-hand man of a millionaire; a flunky
  • Mary Norton: A feisty newspaper reporter
  • Mrs. Rhodes: A charming widow set to marry the mayor
  • Peters: A hermit living near Baldpate; often confused for a ghost
  • Myra Thornill: A ruthless beauty; a blackmailer
  • Lou Max: The mayor's "guy Friday;" a gangster
  • Jim Cargan: The mayor; a corrupt politician
  • Thomas Hayden: President of a rail company; a millionaire
  • Jiggs Kennedy: Chief of Police; a crooked cop
  • The Owner of the Baldpate Inn: Cameo role; Magee's friend

Each of the characters is a campy play on particular melodramatic stock types.

Readings will be given from the script at the audition. Bring a resume and headshot, if you have them.
Be prepared to list ALL CONFLICTS between January 20 and May 10.

2019 - 2020 Season:
Sep. 13 - 29: An Ideal Husband
Oct. 25 - Nov. 10: The Big Bad Wolf: An Adult Fairy Tale About Fear, Forgiveness and Sexual Identity
Dec. 6 - 22: The Christmas Carol Conspiracy: Scrooge's Revenge
Jan. 31 - Feb. 16: Spider's Web
Mar. 13 - 29: Mrs. Warren's Profession
Apr. 24 - May 10: Seven Keys to Baldpate
Jun 12 - 28: King Lear

For detailed descriptions of all the plays, visit our Current Season page.