The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays by Ken Ludwig, is a murderously funny mystery; a farcical Agatha Christie. With inspired plot twists that keep you guessing until the final moments, danger and hilarity are non-stop in this sparkling whodunit. Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery. Town’s production will be directed by Milena Herring. Performances are March 2 – 18, 2018.

Auditions will be held at Town Theatre at 7:30 pm on Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4.

The audition will consist of readings from the script. A limited number of perusals are available to be checked out from the theatre. A $10 deposit is required and the script must be returned within two business days.  You may also purchase your own copy here.  

Save time in line ~ download your audition form here: Audition Form Game’s Afoot.

Plot Summary
It is Christmas Eve 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette admired the world over for his leading role in the wildly successful play, Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his opulent Connecticut mansion for a holiday weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the snow-bound house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

William Gillette:  Age 36-45, he is a dynamic and charming Broadway star (based on a real person). He has made a fortune from his stage adaptations of the stories of Sherlock Holmes, whom he also plays to adoring audiences. Recently shot in the arm in a bizarre incident on stage, Gillette is determined to bring his Sherlockian skills to bear on solving the case.

Martha Gillette: In her 70s, Gillette’s dotty mother is elegant though a bit foggy, and never shies away from a fight. Always willing to lob a criticism when necessary, all the same, she is loyal to Gillette and his gang of theatrical eccentrics.

Felix Geisel: Age 40-45, Felix is the theatre company’s character actor. Histrionic and arch, he has dedicated his life to the stage and it shows. Felix is Gillette’s best friend and occasional sidekick. He is long-married to Madge.

Madge Geisel:  40-45, she is wry and outspoken. Like her husband Felix, the theatre is her life. She is game for anything, but back her into a corner and she will come out swinging.

Simon Bright: In his mid-20s, the ‘mangenue’ of the company. An enthusiastic young man, eager to please and ambitious. A bit of a naïf, Simon can occasionally be overly sensitive. Recently married to Aggie, they make a charming couple.

Aggie Wheeler:  Also in her mid-20s, a fashionable ingénue, sweet-natured but full of spunk, there is more to her than a pretty face. She is recently married to Simon.

Daria Chase:  A magazine writer and celebrity columnist, she is between 34-44, smart, glamorous and chic. Self-invented from the ground up. Despite her showbiz cattiness, you can’t help but like her or at least admire her.

Inspector Goring: 40-50, English and eccentric, completely one of a kind. By turns, witty and incisive, then 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. Or woman.

Future Auditions
Directed by Cindy Flach
Musical direction by Greg Boatwright
Choreography by Heather Stokes

Sunday, January 21 & Monday, January 22 at 7:30 PM


Columbia Stage Society's Town Theatre