On Tuesday, August 21st at 6:30 PM, we are holding our final round of OPEN AUDITIONS for our December show “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” by Ken Ludwig. It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous.
Show Dates: Dec. 6•7•8•9 & 13•14•15•16
Rehearsal Dates: TBA
Below you will find the cast of characters and their descriptions that we are seeking to cast.
**Please note: we do not always cast the exact age of the characters. For example, if the character’s age is 25, and the auditioner is 35 but can PLAY 25, we would still consider that actor for the role.**
William Gillette: (Male, 35-45) A dynamic and charming stage actor (based on a real man). Has made a fortune from his stage adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, whom he also plays. Recently shot in the arm in a bizarre incident, Gillette is determined to bring his Sherlockian skills to bear on solving the case.
Felix Geisel: (Male, 40-50) The company’s character actor, Felix is histrionic and arch. A true theatrical that has given his life to the stage, Felix is Gillette’s best friend and occasional sidekick. Married to Madge.
Simon Bright:(Male, 21-30) The 'mangenue' of the company, Simon is an enthusiastic young man, eager to please and find success. A bit of a naïf, Simon can occasionally be overly sensitive. Recently married to Aggie, they make a charming and wonderful couple.
Inspector Harriet Goring: (Female, 40-60) English and eccentric, completely one of a kind. By turns, witty and incisive, suddenly lost and dim, she is disarming in her inability to be defined. Always off the mark, and yet never far from the truth, somehow she always gets her man. Wonderful opportunity for a character actress.
Martha Gillette: (Female, 60-75) Gillette’s dotty mother, elegant though a bit foggy, Martha never shies away from a fight. Always willing to lob a criticism when necessary, all the same, Martha is loyal to Gillette and his gang of theatrical misfits.
Madge Geisel: (Female, 40-50) Wry and outspoken (think Rosalind Russell), Madge, like her husband Felix, is a lifelong theatrical. Is game for anything, but back her into a corner and she will come out swinging.
Aggie Wheeler: (Female, 21-30) Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Aggie is the ingénue of the company. Good-natured and kind, Aggie has had tragedy in her past, though she seems to have dealt with it well, and even moved on. Recently married to Simon, they make a charming and wonderful couple.
Daria Chase: (Female, 30-45) Glamorous and gorgeous, Daria is the theatre critic we all love to hate. Biting, bitchy, and utterly charming, you can’t help but like Daria, despite the terrible things she says and writes. A wonderful sense of humor goes a long way towards endearing Daria to the audience.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the directors Spencer Aurand at 815.501-8113 or Sean Ports at 815.590.2891.
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