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Auditions: The House by the Lake, A thriller by Hugh Mills


Sat 24 Feb 2018, 11:00am–2:00pm

Where: Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

A thriller by Hugh Mills/UK/1956.
Directed by Andrew Gordon.

Season: May 5 to 26

Plot: A play of considerable suspense in which a professionally discredited doctor and his sister plan to eliminate their half-brother, Colin, the cause of their poverty and misery, and to start life again in another country.

But Colin's unhappy wife is also prompted to kill him, so when his body is found beneath the broken ice on the lake, it isn't easy to know who is responsible. Janet, the doctor's wife, stumbles across some conclusive evidence, and he attempts to compel her to kill herself rather than give the game away.

Scripts: Available from the HLT office ( or email the director:

Rehearsals: March 11 – May 1, Tuesday and Thursday nights (time TBC) and Sunday. Afternoon/evening (time TBC).

The Director:
Andrew has been involved within the theatre for almost 20 years. He has appeared on stage all over Auckland in both an amateur and professional capacity, which include Howick Little Theatre, Piece of Work Productions, Crossfade Productions, Tim Bray Productions and The Acting Collective as well as appearing in numerous TV ads and a few short films.

In recent years he has turned his focus more towards the various offstage elements of theatre to gain a more holistic understanding and experience of the art form. He has written and directed for children's theatre and made his directorial debut at HLT last year with the new piece The Operative for the HLT Studio. He also took on the role of Assistant Director for The Acting Collective’s Persuasion under the guidance of director Terry Hooper.

(All ages are guidelines only. It will be more about the right fit more than anything. All characters are to have an English accent). Please arrange an audition time with the director.

Maurice Holt (40-mid 50s): A former doctor who specialized in hypnotherapy. He was removed from the profession after losing a significant sum of money from a patient thorough one of his brother Colin’s bad business deals.

He lives at home with his sister Stella and wife Janet where he has become somewhat of a recluse. A brilliant mind that feels trapped with the pressures that his circumstances have encased him in and must find a way out.

Janet Holt (mid 30s-mid 40s): Wife of Maurice. Was a former patient whom he treated for neurotic behaviour. Sweet natured, she is emotionally gentle, but also fragile. Her character sees her swing through contrasting emotional states.

Stella Holt (40-50): She is loyal to her brother and will do anything to help him return to his former self. She tolerates Janet as part of the family but does not think highly of her.

Colin Holt (40-50): Half-brother to Maurice and Stella. A shady businessman whose dodgy dealings have forced Maurice out of his profession as well as drawn the attention of the authorities. He is only interested in things that benefit him. He can snap from being charming and charismatic to harsh and abrasive.

Col. Forbes (60-70): The local Chief Constable. A well-respected, formidable, but kind gentleman. He is a family friend to the Holts, and has come to the house to try get Maurice back into the medical profession.

Iris Holt (40-50): Wife to Colin. Drawn to the luxuries of life that her husband has been able to provide. However, after being stuck in a loveless and abusive marriage, she searches for a way out.

Brenda (18-25 or 60-70): The maid to the Holt household. She is polite and devout in her duties. This can be played by either a younger or older actor, whichever fits best within the dynamic of the other actors.

Mr Howard (30-50): Comes to investigate one of Colin’s dodgy business transactions, but soon finds himself investigating a more sinister crime.

Nurse Thompson (30-50): The District Nurse who has been attending to Iris. A calm, level-headed and uncompromising character whose integrity is put on the line.

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