Director David Walton will hold auditions for our September production of Ken Ludwig’s,
"Postmortem" on Sunday, July 11th and Monday, July 12th at 7 PM in the Fred Harper
Theatre on the Campus of the Elks—A Noble Senior Living Community. Show dates are
September 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th at 7:30 PM with matinees September 12th and
19th, at 2 PM.
Written by Ken Ludwig, Postmortem is a crowd pleasing mystery thriller tinged with
romance and humor. It is set on a stormy night in April, 1922, the one year anniversary
of the death of a beautiful woman. Near midnight, a collection of equally beautiful
people gather for a séance. Welcome to Gillette Castle, the home of acclaimed Sherlock
Holmes actor, William Gillette. Convinced that one of his cast mates is trying to
kill him, Gillette invites them all to his home for a weekend of intrigue, mystery
and, he believes, murder. As the weekend progresses romantic entanglements and veiled
secrets make it difficult to know whom to trust. So, Gillette steps into the role
of Holmes himself planning to solve the crime before it happens. The question is,
will he succeed?
Roles are available for three males ages 30-55 and 4 females ranging in age from
the mid-20’s-early 70’s.
William Gillette: fifty-something male: Having played the role of Sherlock Holmes
on stage for thirty years, Gillette is the embodiment of the character. He slips
as easily from a Scottish brogue into an English accent as he does from his smoking
jacket to a silk robe. Larger than life, Gillette is classically handsome, fastidious
in dress and adored by everyone. Well, not quite everyone.
Bobby Carlyle: Bobby is thirty, boyishly good looking and he knows it too! But he’s
more than just eye candy. Bobby knows a thing or two about two or three things. Perhaps
he knows just enough to make him dangerous.
May Dison: May is a twenty-six year old flapper, complete with long pearls, cigarette
holder and bobbed hair. But she’s no fun-loving girl, no indeed. May is at times
brooding, at others jealous, but always pining away for something or someone. No
one will stand in the way of what she wants; no one.
Marion Gillette Barnett: William Gillette’s slightly younger sister is a middle-aged
beauty who languishes in the shade of her famous brother. But that doesn’t mean she
doesn’t express her opinions, nor her frustrations. These she keeps in check, until
she is unable to do so any longer.
Leo Barnett: Leo is not only Gillette’s brother-in-law, on stage he plays Sherlock
Holmes’s clever nemesis, Professor Moriarty. In real life, however, Leo’s not as
bright as all that. Strong, solid and devoted to his wife, he seems to have no guile.
That is, however, until his head is turned. Then, all bets are off!
Louise Parradine: At only thirty years old, Louise is strikingly beautiful, dramatic
and elegant. All eyes are on her when she enters the room. She is as mysterious as
she is seductive and flirtatious. As such, Louise can have any man she wishes. But
will she get the one she wants? And what happens if she doesn’t?
Lilly Warner: In her seventies, Lilly’s glamor is from a bygone era, yet she has
lost none of her poise or beauty. The matriarch of the family, she adores her nephew
and her niece. But she has high moral expectations too, and she does not like to
Auditionees are asked to prepare for cold readings taken from from the script. For
more information, please contact director, David Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org.