The Play that goes wrong

Presented in O’Laughlin Auditorium, Saint Mary’s College

By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields


The Cornley Drama Society puts on the “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” Everything that can go
wrong, does go wrong. And then goes even more wrong. A Monty Python meets Agatha Christie
catalogue of preposterous disasters. Concluding with the collapse of the set, and then even more
This is a physically demanding comic stylized (yet truthful) play. The actors fight by hand and sword,
climb, crawl, fall, and spit while battling with gravity, poison, fire, restraints and each other. And of
course, they brilliantly perform a complex murder mystery with grace and style despite the actors’
shortcomings of theater knowledge and their own severe character flaws.


Audition/Callback location: Warner Studio Theatre, South Bend Civic- 403 N. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana — Enter through main doors off Main Street



SUNDAY, JULY 21 (2:00-5:00 PM) OR

MONDAY, JULY 22 (6:00-8:00 PM)

South Bend Civic Theatre
403 N. Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601


WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 (6:00-8:00 PM)


Generally Sunday through Thursday evenings at Saint Mary’s College commencing July 29.

No rehearsals August 5 – 11. Please know your conflicts when you attend auditions.


FRIDAY, October 4 (7:30 PM)

SATURDAY, October 5 (7:30 PM)

SUNDAY, October 6 (2:00 PM)

MONDAY, October 7 (10:30AM – School Show)


    What To Prepare

    Audition Requirements:
    NO PREPARATION NECESSARY. Cold readings. Please be prepared to move.  


    Additional Information

     Click through to view the audition procedure for The Play That Goes Wrong.


    Annie – Plays the stage manager who fills in for Sandra. First hates acting then fights to stay on stage.

    Trevor / Tina – Light and sound operator.

    Chris – Plays Inspector Carter is also the show’s director, set designer, box office manager, etc.

    Jonathan – Plays Charles Haversham, the murder victim.

    Robert – Plays Thomas Colleymoore, Charles’ old school friend.

    Dennis – Plays Perkins the butler.

    Max – Plays both Cecil Haversham (Charles’ brother) and Arthur the Gardener

    Sandra – Plays Florence Colleymoore, Charles’ fiancée and sister to Thomas.

    Stage Crew – can be seen assisting the show by throwing snow, rescuing actors from their mistakes.

    Author’s Note: We’ve also found it useful to remember that the actors of the Cornley Drama Society are not bad actors but the victims of unfortunate circumstance. The comedy comes from their unwavering endeavor to continue, their bad choices in trying to get out of the situations they find themselves in
    and their optimistic belief that their luck will change.