“The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holiday”
Audition Dates: September 7, 9, 2017
Production Dates: December 8-17, 2017
By Ken Ludwig | Stage Director, J. Deschene
It’s December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his role as Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. The danger and hilarity are nonstop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
WILLIAM GILLETTE, Male, early to mid-50s. A dashing leading man and ardent lover of all that the glorious game of life has to offer. Passionate about his interests, which include the theatrical arts, mystery, and of course Sherlock Holmes. Described by Ludwig as, “a strikingly handsome man…good humored, full of irony and life. A sort of modern-day Ulysses.” Transatlantic accent preferred.
MARTHA GILLETTE, Female, mid-70s. Gillette’s mother. Nouveau riche, which is to say that she lives a lavish and glamorous lifestyle, but lacks the class normally associated therewith. Described by Ludwig as, “somewhat vague and dithering.” New York or New England accent may be appropriate.
FELIX GEISEL, Male, early 40s. A devoted character actor who relishes his craft, but is not immune to the occasional bout of jealousy. Described by Ludwig as, “histrionic and arch in a Lionel Barrymore/Sir Toby Belch sort of way.” Transatlantic accent preferred.
MADGE GEISEL, Female, early 40s. A witty and energetic character actress. She has an edge to her, and a sharp tongue, but her affection is absolutely genuine. Described by Ludwig as, “flamboyant and wry in a Rosalind Russell smart-mouthed-gal-about-town sort of way.” Transatlantic accent preferred.
SIMON BRIGHT, Male, 25. A witty jokester who finds humor in nearly everything. Described by Ludwig as, “sweet and enthusiastic.” Transatlantic accent preferred. Ability to play an instrument is a plus.
AGGIE WHEELER, Female, 25. A genuine and sensitive young actress who is often swept away by the goings on around her. Described by Ludwig as, “a real product of her age…beautiful, bright-eyed, and full of spunk.” Transatlantic accent preferred.
INSPECTOR HARRIET GORING, Female, 40s. A police inspector who once dreamed of being an actress, and who is still an avid theatre fan. Described by Ludwig as, “British, eccentric, and one of a kind. One minute, she seems wry and clever, the next minute she’s off into a world of her own. She gets things wrong without even knowing it, yet she also seems just the sort of person who can find out when you’re lying. That makes her formidable.” British accent required.
DARIA CHASE, Female, mid-30s to early 40s. A theatre critic with a dangerous penchant for snooping around. Very self-confident and aware of her own power and charm. Described by Ludwig as, “one of those people you can’t take your eyes off of; and despite all her showbiz cattiness, you can’t help liking her – or at least admiring her. She has a sense of humor and has invented herself from the ground up, which is no mean feet.” Transatlantic, New York, or even high-class Southern accents may be appropriate.
Please review the Games Sides for the auditions.
Please print out the Games Afoot Audition Form. Fill it in, and bring it to the audition WITH A PHOTO. (Professional headshot NOT necessary.)
Thursday, September 7
Saturday, September 9