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The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux

SPONSORED BY: Vernal Cold Stone Creamery

MELODRAMA - Lotta Cash, a wealthy widow, must be on the lookout.  The evil Dogsbreath Devereaux, M.D. plans to marry Lotta so he can inherit her fortune and her late husband’s clinic.  Helping him is the nasty nurse, Hilda Hatchet, whom he promises to wed after he gets rid of Lotta.  Wild?  Well, talk about medical mania when the insanely jealous Hilda catches Dogsbreath flirting with our heroine, Wendy March.  We can only hope that Dr. Phil Good, our hero, can save Wendy and the unsuspecting Lotta from certain death.  With an abundance of zany patients, wild tunes (’How Do You Bandage a Broken Heart?,’ ’Emergency,’ ’Do the Bop,’ etc.)  and a hilarious plot, this musical melodrama will certainly have you in stitches all the way!  As they say, "Nurses!  Foiled again!" 

Approximate Duration: 2 Hours

Friday October 9th
Saturday October 10th
Monday October 12th
Thursday October 15th
Friday October 16th
Saturday October 17th

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The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux – October Audition Information

Audition Dates: September 3 & 4, 6p to 8p
Callbacks September 5 by invitation
Director: Jay Haslem

A few things to note:

  • Audition songs must be kept to less than 60 seconds. Time limit will be enforced.
  • You must bring your own accompanist or a track (no backup vocals). Please do not sing without a track or accompanist – we are looking to hear if you can stay on pitch and what your vocal range is.
  • Be prepared to completely fill out the rehearsal calendar at your audition with any and all conflicts that may arise during rehearsal. The production team is sacrificing time to be at rehearsals and it is pointless to rehearse with no one there. Be clear on your conflicts. Any conflicts reported after casting may result in a change of role or require withdrawal from the show. (A tentative rehearsal schedule is attached below. Please know that this is subject to change based on need & availability of cast members.)
  • Performances are October 9-17. There will not be double-casting therefore actors must be available for all performances.



Please prepare for the following for your audition:
– 60 seconds of a song, preferably from a Broadway musical
– a 60 second comedic monologue

 Auditions are open to those ages 16 and older. All roles are open. For a complete list of roles and synopsis of the show, CLICK HERE.

Email the theatre at to sign up for an audition time.

Video auditions are accepted for this production. Please email for information on how to submit one.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE: The music in this show is not anything to be scared of. To those who are not as comfortable musically but want to do something: this is the show for you!
There are two Melodrama Workshops available before auditions if anyone would like to learn more about Melodramas. August 22 and 29 at 1pm. Please watch our Facebook page @vernaltheatre for more information.


We hope you have an enjoyable experience auditioning and if you do not get cast, please come see the show and audition for future productions.

Email any questions to


TENTATIVE Rehearsal Schedule coming soon. Please know that we are very aware of your time and our own. We will cancel rehearsals if we don’t need them and make sure that your time at the theatre is well-spent. Specific people & groups will only need to come specific days and times. Those will be determined after auditions.


Rehearsal Schedule and Audition Form Download

We had an incredible Season 4 at Vernal Theatre: LIVE and cannot wait to have an even better Season 5. Below are a few tips and tricks that will help you prepare for auditions. Enjoy and we’ll see you at auditions!

1. Know the expectations and follow them. Read the notices that are posted – every audition is different and may require different things to be prepared. Come ready and knowing what the director expects you to give.

2. Confidence. It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. You don’t get sympathy points if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile – that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.

3. Personality. Let it shine through!

4. Connection. Make one with the character you’re portraying and the production team. Be memorized on your audition material. Don’t ask who they (the production team) are. Introductions waste time, time you could use for showing off your acting chops. They are there to do their job, just like you’re there to do your job. You are equals. You’re selling, and they’re buying. Treat them with respect and courtesy, and they’ll do the same.

5. Stick to the time limit. If you prepared a monologue or a song, you (usually) get 90 seconds starting from your first line. And 90 seconds is plenty. So as to be respectful of everyone’s time, cut down your monologue or song. Rehearse with a stopwatch to measure how long it is. Then when you get to the audition, you won’t be rushed. And if they cut you off, don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you’re bad, it means they need to give everyone else time to show too.



Want to be involved but don’t want to audition?

Maybe you did theatre in high school or are looking for a creative outlet, maybe your family is auditioning and you want to spend this time with them but don’t feel up to singing and dancing. Maybe you want a shorter time commitment or to learn something new – a Production Team is the spot for you! We are always looking for individuals to participate on our Production Teams. You can be part of a crew or be a leader, there is a spot for you. Just fill out the form linked below or email to learn about opportunities for upcoming productions. We’d love to have you!

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