Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL announces general auditions for Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Winter 2021), written by Ken Ludwig. Baskerville will be directed by Xavier Custodio and co-assistant directed by Claudia Wallace and Sabrina Odigie, MPAC’s Associate Artistic Director. Seeking strong non-Equity adult actors, particularly those with solid comedic skills and ability to play multiple roles. Particularly seeking BIPOC actors for all roles, who are strongly encouraged to audition. Gender-fluid casting available for all roles.
Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. (Concord Theatricals)
Material to Prepare:
To be considered for Baskerville, please prepare two contrasting monologues 1-2 minutes each in the style of the show. Particularly would like to see the actor’s ability to play a wide range of roles. Please email your current headshot, resume and any conflicts with the rehearsal/filming schedule with BASKERVILLE AUDITIONS in the email header to Metropolis Casting at firstname.lastname@example.org along with your statement of intent to audition. Following that, prior to the Fri 11/27, 5pm deadline, please submit a clickable link of video footage of your two monologues in a shareable format, such as a YouTube video link, that Casting can forward to the creative team. Please make sure that your resume includes your current phone number and/or email. After reviewing Metropolis’ Procedures as listed below, we welcome you to share your comfortability with the rehearsal and filming process. Casting questions and requests for online coaching can be directed to the same email as well. Casting Authority – Robin Hughes, Casting Director, Metropolis Casting.
The health and safety of our artists, staff and patrons are our first priority. As such, a daily online symptom questionnaire will be offered to all artists and staff. Prior to any necessitated in-person filming, artists and staff will need to be tested. All artist and staff health tests will be paid for by Metropolis. The Metropolis Theatre complex spaces have been disinfected and protected with an EPA and FDA registered antimicrobial coating. These sites are cleaned daily. Our HVAC systems have been sanitized and upgraded to MERV 13 filtration levels.
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Baskerville Production Dates:
Online Rehearsals, Tech, & Dress – Mon 12/7/20–Fri 1/8/21: Weekly online rehearsals include 7-10pm Mon-Fri & 12-4pm Sun. Saturday is the designated day off each week. Understudy rehearsals TBA. Please note that all rehearsals, tech, and dress rehearsals will be held online.
Filming Schedule & Standards – Sun 1/10–Fri 1/22/21: Filming times TBD. Scenes will be recorded with a) actors performing in their homes with equipment/props provided by the theater, and/or b) actors performing in sanitized, isolated performance areas within the Metropolis Theatre complex, and/or c) actors performing in safe, remote (outdoor) locations. All options will be provided to actors for their review and approval. In the case that an actor is not able to record or capture their performance, facilitating the need for a videographer, both artists will receive health tests paid for by Metropolis. Social distancing will be adopted for all work. Masks will be worn by both artists until the scene is rolling when the actor alone will remove their mask. Direction will be provided remotely. Attendance for video scenic work will be limited to a single actor and a single masked technician. Filming will adhere to the health mandates as determined by the IL Department of Public Health.
Streamed Performances – Fri 1/29–Sun 2/7/21: Baskerville will be streamed, virtual pre-recorded performances that will include two online talkbacks/live Q&As with performers, artistic personnel, and patrons. Recorded performances will be available via scheduled broadcasts at 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, and/or video on demand for 2 weeks after opening.
Sherlock Holmes – Highly intelligent, confident, charismatic, quick-witted, obsessive. Thinks very highly of their close friend Watson. A sophisticated mind who savors adventure and an intriguing mystery and has a manic gleam of mischief in their eyes. A mind that works overtime.
Doctor Watson – Smart, grounded, full of heart and wonder, lives to have adventures and assist their close friend Holmes. We see the play through their eyes. They are the heart and soul of the play.
Actor One – Must show great versatility and nimbleness physically and vocally. Plays multiple roles (over 10), including Stapleton, seemingly geeky butterfly lover who conceals a psychopath within; Barrymore, mournful caretaker of Baskerville Hall; Milker, scrappy Dickensian urchin; Lucy, loving spouse of Wilson; and Doctor Mortimer, elegant, friendly, passionate.
Actor Two – Must show great versatility and nimbleness physically and vocally. Plays multiple roles, including Hugo Baskerville, a brutal, cruel Cavalier; Wilson, exuberant hearty head of messenger office; Henry Baskerville, young Texan- relation to Baskervilles, open-hearted, earnest, ready for adventure and to fall in love; and Inspector Lestrade, cocky police inspector.
Actor Three – Must show great versatility and nimbleness physically and vocally. Plays multiple roles, including Beryl Stapleton, Jack Stapleton’s initially secretive scared sibling who falls passionately in love with Henry Baskerville; Cartwright, scrappy Dickensian urchin; Inga Barrymore, severe humorless Swedish caretaker of Baskerville Hall; and Hudson, older caring housekeeper for Holmes.
Understudies – Understudies will be hired to cover each track as well.
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