Auditions Set for Comedy-Mystery

The Brooke Hills Playhouse will hold auditions for Ken Ludwig’s comedy-mystery, “The Game’s Afoot or, Holmes for the Holidays” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brooke County Arts Council’s downtown Wellsburg offices, located at 636 Charles St..

“The Game’s Afoot” is set in the home of legendary actor William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. When one of his holiday guests is stabbed to death, Gillette takes on the character of the great detective to solve the mystery.

According to director Diana Mendel, the script calls for three men and five women of various ages. No preparation is necessary for auditions. Actors will be asked to read excerpts from the script. Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled time should call the Playhouse at 304-737-3344 by today to make other arrangements. The production will be presented Aug. 22-23 and 29-31.

The male characters in “The Game’s Afoot” include: William Gillette, a handsome man in his 40s; Felix Geisel, an actor in his early 40s given to histrionics; and Simon Bright, a sweet and enthusiastic 25-year-old. The female characters are: Martha Gillette, a vague and dithering woman in her mid-70s; Madge Geisel, wry and flamboyant woman in her early 40s; Aggie Wheeler, a beautiful, spunky young woman of 25; Daria Chase, gorgeous and glamorous self-made woman in her 30s or 40s; and Inspector Goring, an eccentric British woman between 40 and 50.