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John Patrick Rice Ph.D. Director of Theatre Great Basin College Phone: 775.327.2249

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GBC Announces Auditions for Murder on the Orient Express

Great Basin College Theatre returns to the stage with Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie, adapted by Tony Award winning playwright Ken Ludwig and directed by GBC’s John Patrick Rice, auditions for the play will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23 and 24, at 7 PM in the Great Basin College Theatre.

Just after midnight a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks, an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed dozens of times, his door locked from the inside. The passengers, isolated with a killer in their midst, turn to Detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer. Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous stories, and it will be brought to life on the GBC stage in October.

Murder on the Orient Express has wonderful roles for both men and women. Elko and Spring Creek High school juniors and seniors, GBC students and community members are eligible for the cast. Actors will read scenes from the play for auditions. Audition “sides” will be available by calling 775-327-2249, or by contacting Rice at

Who We Are and What We Do!

The Great Basin College Theater has been transforming the American Theatre Experience since 1996. As part of the Great Basin College Arts and Letters Department, students and faculty join together for enlightened experiences of fine arts, humanities, English, foreign language and communication. The programs are critical components of every academic and training degree program offered by the college.

GBC Theatre offers courses in acting, oral interpretation, stage voice, movement for the stage, theatre technology, dramatic analysis and more. Special Topic courses are added to the schedule regularly, generally taking advantage of the specific skills GBC Theatre’s many guest artists and instructors can provide. In the past, courses in playwrighting, armature, effects makeup, Suzuki Movement Training, stage combat and comedy improv have been offered.

As the mission of Great Basin College has expanded, so has its reach. The college service area now includes more than half of Nevada’s seventeen counties, covers 80% of Nevada’s geographical area, and serves five percent of the state’s total population. It’s a big state, and Great Basin College intends to educate it. Using state of the art distance learning technologies, students in even the furthest reaches of Nevada will have equitable access to the opportunities higher education has been providing to their urban counterparts for decades. It requires fierce commitment from the college and creates a tremendous opportunity for the entire state of Nevada.

GBC theatre now offers almost all of its courses using distance-learning technologies. By combining traditional theatre teaching techniques with advanced technologies, students are accessing a learning experience with seasoned theatre professionals that heretofore had not even been conceived. And, what’s more, they are being prepared for the theatre of today. Added to other fine arts and humanities courses already offered with distance technologies, and it is easy understand why Great Basin College is recognized as one of the most efficient and innovative colleges in the state.

For More Information Contact

John Patrick Rice Ph.D.
Director of Theatre
Great Basin College
Phone: 775.327.2249

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 4,000 students are enrolled annually online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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