Carbondale casting call goes out for holiday Holmes play
Carbondale’s The Stage Company is looking to detect some talent during open auditions for its second production of the season, “The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays."
Sponsored by WSIU, directed by Tricia Burns and written by Ken Ludwig, the murder mystery is set in 1936 and centers around a fictionalized version of famous Sherlock Homes actor William Gillette. The search for a murderer begins after a guest is stabbed at a gathering at Gillette’s labyrinth-like Connecticut estate. Gillette will have to use the skills he developed as a Holmes actor to solve the crime before another victim falls.
Open auditions will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16-17, at the Varsity Center. A copy of the script is available at Carbondale Public Library.
The play is scheduled for Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 7-10.
Burns and Ludwig are looking for three actors and five actresses between 18 and 70 years old.
Burns is a graduate of SIUC with a BFA in theatre. She has been with The Stage Company sinice 2008, appearing in more than 30 productions in the Southern Illinois Area. This will be her second time directing for the Stage Company.
Ludwig is a 1976 graduate of Harvard Law and started writing while working as an attorney. He has written 24 plays and musicals. He has won the Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Musical for “Crazy for You," and his “Lend me A Tenor” won a Tony.