Auditions for The Sky’s the Limit

Look to the sky! It’s a bird! It’s an…airship? Master Mystery Productions is preparing to launch its 33rd show in a steampunk dream of a fantastical flying machine. The sky’s the limit when it comes to where our imaginations can take us, and to open our 2023 season, that’s just where we’re headed. Get ready for marvelous machines and a madcap mystery high in the clouds where two New York pioneering reporters soar in a steampunk airship and uncover the truth of a shadowy secret society in

The Sky’s the Limit


Friday and Saturday,

January 27 and 28, 2023
4 to 6 p.m. at Red Rock Books
206 W. Ridgecrest Blvd.

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The Sky’s the Limit was commissioned by the Red Hat Ladies of Bakersfield as a private party, but we are extending it for a weekend of public performances as well in Ridgecrest. Wanting a steampunk mystery, the show is family-friendly fantasy set in steampunk Victoriana. Costumes will be lavish and the plot will be delightfully tricky puzzle placed in the backdrop of eccentric inventors, gutsy reporters, genius machines, and nefarious secret societies. It’ll be a brand new adventure and a brand new story for us to explore, and we need actors!

The Sky’s the Limit currently has three roles to fill. Additional roles can be created based on actor interest.

Actors need to be age 13 and older to audition. Those under 18 will need a parent/guardian signature on a permission slip AND a parent/guardian MUST attend any and all rehearsals their child attends. Actors under 18 require a parent/guardian at the show dates.

The show dates are:
Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2023
at 7:30 p.m. at Moe’s Music

During auditions, everyone will fill out an audition form which will ask for basics such as name, email, experience, availability, etc. These are just basics to give us an understanding on who the performer is as well as contact information. Then we pair up performers for cold readings of selected scenes from the original script by Daniel Stallings. Rehearsal schedule will be finalized after auditions based on actor availability. After auditions, casting emails will be sent out to everyone who auditioned for the show.

If you are unable to attend the posted audition dates, but are still interested in trying out, message us on Facebook or email us at to schedule an outside audition.


Flying high above the Atlantic Ocean, the fantastical airship, Vesper, sails the skies with two reporters embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Charlotte Collins and her rival wordsmith Louisa Cahill have both been sponsored by their newspapers to try and beat the Jules Verne Standard by circling around the world in less than eighty days. The accolades that awaits the woman who beats the record (and outraces her rival) will be legion. But just when the race is at its fiercest and both Charlotte and Louisa miss a critical travel connection, the two ladies independently accept the help of the quirky Sir Hugo Featherton for a ride in his self-designed steampunk airship across the Atlantic. However, not long after take-off, the veteran reporters sense something amiss. Why does Sir Hugo know so much about their travels and itineraries? Why is the ship they were supposed to take still in the harbor? Why won’t their editors respond to their urgent questions? Charlotte and Louisa will have to join forces and unite their individual talents to tackle a mystery in the clouds with big secrets, big money, and bigger risks. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what people are capable of, but our intrepid leading ladies will discover just how far some are willing to go to keep their secrets locked up tight.

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Charlotte Collins – A reporter for The New World Post who has been sponsored by her publisher to race in a trip around the world to beat Jules Verne’s 80-day record for his novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Charlotte is the one who first pitched the idea to attempt the global journey to her newspaper. She missed her boat connection across the Atlantic and accepts Sir Hugo’s offer for a ride in his “aeroship.” She is adventurous, bold, and brave, an explorer whose stories have taken her around the world to interview exciting personalities and see impossible sights. Her style is direct questioning and pinpoint precision to detail, a mind like clockwork that rivals even the fictional Phileas Fogg’s mathematical accuracy. As such, she is sharp-eyed, clever, and to-the-bone honest; Deception annoys her immensely.

Louisa Cahill – A reporter for World News Gazette who has been sponsored by her publisher to race in a trip around the world to beat Jules Verne’s 80-day record for his novel Around the World in Eighty Days. She had a delayed start as her newspaper learned of Charlotte’s attempt and hurried to send Louisa out to beat her. She missed her boat connection across the Atlantic and accepts Sir Hugo’s offer for a ride in his “aeroship.” Her stories have remained closer to home in New York City, but she has a knack for wheedling out deeply intimate details in special exclusives with her interviewees. Her style is very much “catching more flies with honey than vinegar” as she sweet-talks her way into people’s confidences and negotiates secrets from them while their defenses are down. While she may act sweet and polite and well-bred in contrast to the more upfront Charlotte, her eye and mind are just as sharp, and she’s not above a little lie to get what she wants.

Sir Hugo Featherton – An eccentric billionaire industrialist and inventor who designed and manufactured the Vesper, his custom-designed airship, which he used to help Charlotte and Louisa when they mysteriously missed their connections. He is a jaunty British man with a spring in his step, a lively interest in other people, and a quirky way of seeing the world. His manner may seem a little haywire at times, but he manages the voyage with the deft precision of an admiral at war. Still, he can prove to be secretive and remarkable close-mouthed about his work and his intentions, which irks both of the reporters.

Join our fearless crew of creatives as we skim the skies on a fantabulous airship bound for parts unknown. We want it to sparkle onstage, and we need a team to help us bring it across the finish line. Come join us at auditions, and start your theatre journey with the mystery mavericks of MMP!

We welcome anyone and everyone who is interested to audition. No theatrical experience is necessary. We are always happy to take and develop new talent all the time. This will be a show where you can really get to play and go wild. If you have questions or concerns, email us at or message Master Mystery Productions on Facebook.

We will see you at auditions!

–Master Mystery Productions


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