Auditions Announced for THE GAME’S AFOOT at St. Paul Players

SPP_logoSt. Paul Players announce auditions for their December 2021 production, THE GAME’S AFOOT by Ken Ludwig.

Directed by Sarah Papin

  • Saturday August 14th 10:30 am to 12:00 pm,
  • Sunday August 15th 2:00 pm to 4 pm
  • Tuesday August 17th 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church 106 Maple St. Reading, Ohio 45215
Parking Lot for the Church is 121 Willow St. Reading, Ohio 45215

Performance dates: December 3-12, 2021
Any questions email at stpaulplayers@gmail.com

Summary:
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 the isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

3 males 5 females
Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.
Note: In the show there will be gunshots, on stage fight scenes, and stage kissing.

Characters:

  • William Gillette/Sherlock (30’s–50) Male. A dynamic and charming stage actor. Has made a fortune from his stage adaptation of Sherlock Holmes whom he also plays. Transatlantic accent or high British accent a plus, but will not be used continuously-helps to drag and prop a “body”-collapses onstage.
  • Felix Geisel/Moriarty (30’s–45) Felix is histrionic (overly dramatic), a true theatrical who has given his life to the stage. Felix is Gillette’s best friend and occasional sidekick. Married to Madge. Jumps out a window-gets slapped-drags and props “body” with and without help
  • Simon Bright/Zerlinksy (20’s-30’s) 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. Ability to play an instrument (ukulele in script, but can be changed) a plus, but not required-fights onstage and gets “knocked out”
  • Inspector Harriet Goring (40’s) 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.
  • Martha Gillette (60+) 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/Marian (30’s-40’s) Wry and outspoken, Madge, like her husband Felix, is a lifelong theatrical. She is game for anything, but back her into a corner and she will come out swinging.
  • Aggie Wheeler/Alice (20’s-30’s) 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. Fights onstage
  • Daria Chase (30’s-50’s) Glamorous & 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. Daria Chase gets “killed”, acts as body that gets dragged and propped.

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