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Iowa Central Announces Fall Play Auditions

    by Teresa Jackson
    Posted on 8/5/2015

Director of Theatre, Teresa Jackson, has selected Iowa Central’s play for the fall which will kick start the thriving Performing Arts Department productions. The show is slated for mid-October (7th-10th) and auditions will be held during the first two days of regular classes: Tuesday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 26 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The show is written by award-winning playwright, Ken Ludwig, entitled The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays. The genre is a delightful mix of comedy, murder mystery and farce, and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Mystery Play of 2012.

In speaking of her choice, Jackson said, “I was searching, actually, for a bigger cast show for this season, but absolutely nothing caught my eye—and I won’t even mention how many plays I’ve read this summer! I especially was not looking to do another murder mystery so soon after last year’s production. However, when I found this, I knew I had struck gold. The script is absolutely marvelous and offers amazing roles for 3 men and 5 women with one male broadcast voice used briefly. Whereas last year’s mystery was predominantly drama—this year’s is on the total opposite end of the spectrum. I laughed out loud in several spots—and that’s highly unusual for me.  I was not only captivated by the characters Ludwig created, but I also loved the twists of the plot and the hilarious moments of farce incorporated within the mystery. Beautifully written. Ludwig is a favorite of mine.”

Here is how the play is described in the Samuel French catalogue which publishes this play:

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated 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. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Audition packets are posted on the Theatre Board in the Music Building Hallway. Some cuttings will be used at the initial try-out; other sections will be used for Call-Backs if needed. Students are to sign up for an hour audition slot on the first or second day of classes. This sign-up sheet will also be posted on the Theatre Board in the Music Building hallway. Each hour audition slot is limited to 4 men and 4 women. Everyone must read for everything—or as much as time allows. Callbacks will be posted on the same board following the first readings—and will be done individually or in partners with Teresa Jackson in her office—Music 111—on Thursday, August 27, any time between 1:00-4:00 p.m. The final cast list will be posted on the Theatre Board by Friday, the 28th.

If you would like to read the entire script, you can stop by and check one out from Rusty McNeil who will be taking over as Decker Auditorium Coordinator this year. He will split his time between Broadcasting and Technical Theatre. He is in his office this summer, but please contact him at 515-574-1213 if you want to set up a time to get a script. These will need to be returned so others may also read them, so try to hold on to a script for only a few days.

Please email me at jackson@iowacentral.edu if you have any questions or feel free to call me (515-574-1206). Though I am rarely in the office during the summer, I do check my email and voicemail on a weekly basis.