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Written by Terry Nelson DiMurro and Jerry Starks

Produced by Lora Buckman and Angela Hepola

Directed by Terry Nelson DiMurro

Performances April 2022

Auditions January 14 & 15, 2022

List of characters 

Audition Form

DIRTY WORK AFOOT is a traditional old fashion melodrama, with a villain to boo and a hero to cheer.  DIRTY WORK AFOOT is the story of the Whitneys, a wealthy family who is the target of the villainous Ravenaw Blackwing who plans to marry the daughter for her fortune.  It is also the story of Robert Whitney and his love for the house maid Penelope Pure who is hiding a deep secrecy that keeps her from returning his love.


The show also features specialty acts.  The audience is encouraged to boo and cheer or sing along. Fun entertainment for the whole family.


Auditions will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, located at 21060 Whitfield Place in Sterling. We will follow all COVID-19 policies and procedures for this government facility. Learn more at https://www.loudoun.gov/5307/Coronavirus.

Roles are available for performers ages 16 and over. Role for specialty performers for between scene Olio Acts are open to performers ages 10 and over. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. If you are interested in being considered for a singing role/Olio Acts please be prepared to sing.

You can view a list of characters here

Download the Audition Form here.

Please email melodrama@sterlingplaymakers.org with any questions! 

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COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place. These protocols are subject to

change based on the venue and guidance from Federal, state, or local government.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at melodrama@sterlingplaymakers.org

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