Keystone Theatrics at The Playhouse At Allenberry Announces Auditions for Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery!
Directed by Dave Olmsted
Stage Managed by Marcie Warner
Get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Leading Ladies, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. Full of humor, horror, and plenty of stage magic, five actors play nearly 40 roles in this kooky and spooky caper that will have you howling with laughter.
Audition Dates (please attend 1 and arrive at the posted start time):
Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.
Monday, August 9, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.
Callbacks (if needed)
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.
Please be prepared to:
– Read a prepared monologue (approximately 1 minute)
– Read provided selections from the script
*You should be able to do a standard British dialect (RP) and several others for those playing multiple parts.
– Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts throughout the rehearsal period)
*Additional audition times may be scheduled ONLY if you are unable to attend the scheduled auditions. Please contact Keystone Theatrics Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule an audition at least two weeks in advance if this is the case.*
Rehearsals will begin around August 14, 2021. Tech week will be from Saturday, October 9 through Thursday, October 14. No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances.
October 15, 16, 22, 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM
October 16, 17, 23, 24, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal period and performance schedule before auditioning. You must be willing to make the show a priority.
Performers 18 up are welcome to audition. Experienced or first time performers who enjoy physical acting are invited to audition. Unless strictly and specifically mandated from the playwright, all roles are open and available to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, or body type.
(All ages listed are playing ages and are just a suggestion and will be adjusted to fit the needs of our casting.)
(Male 30s – 40s). Highly intelligent, confident, charismatic, quick-witted, obsessive. Thinks very highly of his close friend Watson. A sophisticated mind who savors adventure and an intriguing mystery, and has a manic gleam of mischief in his eyes. A mind that works overtime.
(Male Early to mid 40s). Smart, grounded, full of heart and wonder, lives to have adventures and assist his close friend Holmes. We see the play through his eyes. The heart and soul of the play.
(Male 30s – 40s) Must show great versatility and nimbleness physically and vocally (including multiple dialects). Plays multiple roles (over 10), including STAPLETON (seemingly geeky butterfly lover who conceals a psychopath within), BARRYMORE (mournful caretaker of Baskerville Hall), MILKER (scrappy Dickensian urchin boy), LUCY (loving wife of WILSON), and DR. MORTIMER (elegant, friendly, passionate).
(Male 20s – 30s). Must show great versatility and nimbleness physically and vocally (including multiple dialects). Plays multiple roles, including SIR HUGO BASKERVILLE (a brutal, cruel Cavalier), WILSON (exuberant, hearty head of messenger office), SIR HENRY BASKERVILLE (young Texan relation to Baskervilles, open-hearted, earnest, ready for adventure and to fall in love), and INSPECTOR LESTRADE (cocky police inspector).
(Female 30s). Must show great versatility and nimbleness physically and vocally (including multiple dialects). Plays multiple roles, including MISS STAPLETON (STAPLETON’s initially secretive, scared “sister” who passionately falls in love with SIR HENRY), CARTWRIGHT (scrappy Dickensian urchin boy), MRS. BARRYMORE (severe, humorless Swedish caretaker of Baskerville Hall), MRS. HUDSON (older, maternal housekeeper for HOLMES).