Charles Dickens was writing "Edwin Drood" when he died. The unfinished novel has lingered until an enterprising playwright turned it into a musical with a trick ending.

At the conclusion of each night's performance, the audience votes on which of three endings they'd like to see.

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" will play on stage at the Hamilton Playhouse February 17-19, February 24-26 and March 3-5. And you can be part of the cast.

The roles are available for 13 men and 8 women and the ages range from 18 to 65. There is a very young role for boy aged 10-14, according to Hamilton Playhouse Executive Director denise rose.

The auditions are Monday night, January 2, and Tuesday night, January 3 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Playhouse, west of Hamilton on Ricketts Road.

As always, the players also need set construction and backstage volunteers. Just drop by the theatre on call denise at (409) 397-9050.

No specific preparation is needed, she said. Perusal scripts are available for check-out at Chapter One Book Store.