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OPEN AUDITIONS: Majesticpiece Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes



Sherlock Holmes

By William Gillette

Directed by Ryan McWayne

Adapted by Rachel Kohler for the digital stage

To be performed live Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm


Dress rehearsal Friday, February 12 at 7:00pm

Rehearsal on Thursday, February 11 at 7:00pm

Rehearsal on Thursday, February 4 at 7:00pm

Rehearsal on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00pm

Readthrough on Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm



The Majestic Theatre (a division of the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation department) is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to creating a safe place for actors of all backgrounds to explore their craft. We are particularly eager to work with artists of color and other artists from marginalized communities. All auditions are free and open to the public. This audition is for an amateur, volunteer production. The Majestic Theatre staff and volunteers do not discriminate on the basis of age, national origin, race, gender, ethnic background, disability, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.


SHOW TYPE

This show will be rehearsed and performed via Zoom. The performances will be presented via Vimeo and Facebook Live and will utilize the Pick What You Pay $0-10 online ticket system. A link will be sent to all ticket holders and will be provided to cast and crew.


SHOW SYNOPSIS

A young woman’s desire for revenge clashes with London’s criminal underworld, helmed by the

enigmatic Professor Moriarty. Can Sherlock Holmes unravel the mystery in time to save the girl,

the day, and his heart?


FROM THE DIRECTOR Ryan McWayne

For those who don’t know me, I’ve been around the theatre block for a good long while now - “it’s not the years… it’s the mileage.” I happily wandered into (or was it “pushed open the grand double doors with gusto, while the pelting rain and flashes of lightning dominated the background” - perhaps a bit melodramatic [more on that later!]) the virtual Majestic last spring. Since then I have cajoled my way into performing in 11 Majesticpiece Theatre shows thus far. So, when asked to direct I was honored and humbled; I was excited to join the ranks of the many amazing Majesticpiece directors I’ve already worked with. To make a long story short [“Too Late!”] I sought out one of my favorite characters to bring to the digital stage in a glorious, melodramatic way! The

rest... is elementary.


PREPARATION NOTES

Please choose ONE of the following sides. Record a video on your phone or computer of you

reading the side, and email it to ryanmcwayne@gmail.com by 5PM on Monday, January

25th. Feel free to include what role you’re interested in within the body of the email. Some

guidelines:


  • Perform while seated, trying to frame yourself from the shoulders up. This is what you’ll look like in the video chat during the performance, so we’ll want to see how well you can emote in this limited space.

  • Props and costume pieces are encouraged! Whatever you have lying around. Just keep in mind that we can only see your torso and head!

  • Actors of any gender, age, race, or ability are invited to audition for any role. We will be casting 15-17 performers and one Emergency Backup Actor, an understudy for all roles who can hop into the digital performance at any time to cover for another actor who might be experiencing technical difficulties.

  • In order to participate in the performance, you’ll need a stable internet connection; a smartphone, computer, or tablet that can run Zoom; and a pair of headphones.

  • If you have any questions, feel free to email and ask!

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

All characters do not have a specific race or ethnic background; we're excited to see a diverse pool of actors audition for all roles. All characters can present as any gender, according to

casting and actor preference, and pronouns in the adaptation can be changed to accommodate

these preferences.


Our story takes place in London; while not required, an English accent is encouraged for most

characters (Note: Terese is French. Von Stalburg is German.)


Dr. John Watson

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: Sherlock’s partner in crime-solving and, until recently getting married, Sherlock’s

roommate. Loves writing what is basically Sherlock fanfiction.


Sherlock Holmes

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: London’s greatest detective, a morose, brilliant, arrogant, Bohemian sort of person

who can make remarkable deductions in an instant. Scornful towards love...until the fair Alice

appears.


Professor James Moriarty

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: The Napoleon of crime, captain of a vast criminal empire in London’s underworld.

Hates Sherlock with a burning and irrational passion, but is also drawn to the detective as a rare

intellectual equal.


Judson Forman

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: One of Sherlock’s henchpersons, a clever Jack-of-all-trades.


Madge Larrabee

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: A career criminal with a specialty as a long-con artist, using charm and feigned

kindness to dupe marks. Sibling to Jim.


Jim Larabee

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: A career criminal with a specialty as a long-con artist, sibling to Madge. Used to be a

petty thief in cahoots with Sid Prince.


Terese

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: An easily excitable French maid working for the Larrabees.


Sid Prince

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: The best lockpick in London, well-connected with the rest of the criminal underworld.


Alice Faulkner

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: A delicate soul, the victim of Jim and Madge’s latest con. Seeks revenge for a

sister’s tragic death.


Bassick

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: Moriarty’s bodyguard and assistant.


Billy

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: Sherlock’s cheerful young servant.


Leary

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: A rough employed by Moriarty for dastardly deeds.


Craigin

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: Moriarty’s head rough, employed by Moriarty for extra-dastardly deeds that require

an extra-dastardly touch.


McTague

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: A rough employed by Moriarty for dastardly deeds.


Parsons

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: Watson’s very proper butler.


Sir Edward Leighton

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: A posh, arrogant member of the aristocracy, full of opinions.


Count von Stalburg

Character Age: ANY

Character Race: ANY

Character Ethnicity: ANY

Desired Actor Gender: ANY

Character: An equally posh, arrogant member of the aristocracy (and German, too!), but

somewhat less talkative.

SIDES


Dr. Watson

I had seen little of Sherlock Holmes lately, my dear and utterly aloof friend. My marriage

had drifted us away from each other. My own complete happiness was sufficient to

absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole

Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in Baker Street, buried among his old books.

He was still, as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his immense

faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in following out those clues, and

clearing up those mysteries which had been abandoned as hopeless by the official

police.

He could not share in the triumphs of my domestic bliss, for he never spoke of the softer

passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. For the trained reasoner to admit such

intrusions into his finely adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor

which might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Yet his latest case, centered as it

was upon the most perfect specimen of innocence and charm, was to test his resolved

scorn towards the gentle force of love.


Sherlock Holmes

How do I know? Now, Watson, how absurd for you to ask me such a question as that.

How do I know that you’ve opened a consulting room and resumed the practice of

medicine without letting me hear a word about it? How do I know that you’ve been

getting yourself very wet lately? That you have an extremely careless servant girl — and

that you’ve moved your dressing-table to the other side of your room?

Too simple to talk about. Scratches and clumsy cuts — on the side of shoe there just

where the fire strikes it, somebody scraped away crusted mud — and did it badly —

badly. There’s your wet feet and careless servant all on one foot. Face badly shaved on

one side — used to be on left — light must have come from other side — couldn’t well

move your window — must have moved your dressing-table.

Now, Watson! How perfectly absurd of you to come marching in here, fairly reeking with

the odor of iodoform, and with the black mark of nitrate of silver on the inner side of your

right forefinger and ask me how I know —

Where the deuce is your second Waistcoat button, and what the deuce is yesterday’s

boutonniere doing in to-day’s lapel? Elementary! The child’s play of deduction!


Professor Moriarty

Sherlock Holmes again. He’s gradually completing chains of evidence which, if we let

him go on, will reach to me as sure as the sun will rise. Ha! (Sneer.) He’s playing rather

a dangerous game! Inspector Wilson tried it seven years ago. Wilson is dead. Two

years later Henderson took it up. We haven’t heard anything of Henderson lately, eh?

This Holmes is rather a talented man. But he doesn’t know that there isn’t a street in

London that’ll be safe for him if I whisper his name to Craigin — I might even make him

a little call myself — just for the satisfaction of it — His place — Baker Street, isn’t it?

We could make it safe. We could make it absolutely secure for three streets each way.

We could. We’ve done it over and over again elsewhere — Police decoyed. Men in

every doorway. Do this to-night — in Baker Street! At nine o’clock call his attendants out

on one pretext and another, and keep them out — you understand! I’ll see this Sherlock

Holmes myself — I’ll give him a chance for his life. If he declines to treat with me — (He

takes a savage-looking bulldog revolver from under desk and examines it carefully,

slowly placing it in breast pocket.)


Madge

They think he stole them, doctor — and they’ve arrested him for it — you see, he works

there. He was the only one who knew about them in the whole office — because they

trusted him so. He was to make copies and — Oh, doctor, it’s really too dreadful!

(Overcome, she takes out her handkerchief and wipes her eyes.) They said you were

Mr. Holmes’s friend — several people told me that, several — they advised me to ask

you where I could find him — and everything depends on it, doctor — everything.

I’ve been and he wasn’t there! That’s why I came to you! They said he might be here!

Couldn’t you get him to come? It would be such a great favor to me — I’m almost worn

out with going about — and with this dreadful anxiety! If you could get word to him —

(sees that WATSON is looking at her strangely and sharply) — to come.


Alice

I don’t know who you are, Mr. Holmes, or why you are here.

It is quite true I have such letters, Mr. Holmes, but it will be impossible to get them from

me; others — have tried — and failed.

There are some things, Mr. Holmes, beyond pity — beyond forgiveness.

I know — from this and from other things that have happened — that a — a marriage is

— contemplated.

I cannot give up what I intend to do, Mr. Holmes. There are other things beside revenge

— there is punishment. If I am not able to communicate with the family — to which this

man proposes to ally himself — in time to prevent such a thing — the punishment will

come later — but you may be perfectly sure it will come. There is nothing more to say!

Good night, Mr. Holmes.


Forman

Nothing more last night, sir. After you left, Prince came in, they made a start for her

room to get the package away, but I gave the three knocks with an axe on the floor

beams as you directed, and they didn’t go any farther.

This morning a little after nine, Larrabee and his wife drove away and she returned

about eleven without him. A little later, old Leuftner came and the two went to work in

the library. I got a look at them from the outside and found they were making up a

counterfeit of the Package we’re working for!


Terese

I beg you to pardon me, sir, ze boy he say to come right up as soon as I come. I fear me

zere is trouble — Messieurs — ze butlair— you assesstant — ze one who sent me to

you —

Heem! Forman. Zere ees somesing done to heem! I fear to go down to see.

Ze down. Ze cellaire of zat house. Eet ees a dreadful place. He deed not come back.

He went down — he deed not return.

For I soon suspect — ze dreadful noise was heard. Oh — ze noise! Ze noise!

Ze dreadful cry of a man who eez struck down by a deadly seeng.


Larrabee

You know we’ve been working the Continent. Pleasure places and all that.

It was over there — Homburg was the place. We ran across a young girl who’d been

havin’ trouble. Sister just died. Madge took hold and found that this sister of hers had

been having some kind of love affair with a — well — with a foreign gentleman of

exceedingly high rank — or at least — expectations that way.

Promise of marriage. Broke it — and her heart with it. I don’t know what more she

expected. She and her child died together.

Yes, but the case isn’t dead; there are evidences — letters, photographs, jewelry with

inscriptions that he gave her. The sister’s been keeping them ... We’ve been keeping

the sister ... You see? To get even.


Prince

Wot’s that! (Pause.) Is ‘Olmes in this? I’ll get the box open. You send a telegram, that’s

all I want!

(Giving LARRABEE the telegram he has written) Run for it! That’s to Alf Bassick. He’s

Professor Moriarty’s confidential man. Moriarty is king of ‘em all in London. He runs

everything that’s shady — an’ now he’s beginnin’ to find out that ‘Olmes is trackin’ ‘im

down — and there’s the devil to pay. ‘E wants any cases ‘Olmes is on — it’s a dead fight

between ‘em!

I’ll tell you one thing Moriarty does! He sits at ‘ome — quiet and easy — an’ runs nearly

every big operation that’s on. An’ if there’s a slip and the police get wind of it there ain’t

never any ‘old on ‘im. They can’t touch him. And wot’s more, they wouldn’t want to if

they could.

Because they’ve tried it — that’s w’y — an’ the men as did try it was found shortly after

a-floatin’ in the river — that is, if they was found at all!

I tell yer, ‘e’ll come into anything that gives ‘im a chance at ‘Olmes — he wants ter trap

‘im.

Submit your audition materials by 5:00 PM, Monday January 25th by emailing ryanmcwayne@gmail.com


Please choose ONE of the following sides. Record a video on your phone or computer of you

reading the side. Feel free to include what role you’re interested in within the body of the email.

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