OPELIKA THEATRE COMPANY
Opelika Theatre Company is holding auditions for its next production: “Young Sherlock.”
Young Sherlock takes a trip back in time when young Sherlock Holmes was a boarding student at Butterworth Academy. Two children are kidnapped from the school and John Watson hopes his friend and classmate will be able to solve his first crime. Despite a psychic — Madame Lulu — who appears on the scene and guarantees to find the students, Sherlock is also met by a bumbling, incompetent chief of police — Constable Bing and his assistant Cyril, who start their own investigation, getting things all messed up.
Madame Lulu, the crazy psychic, suddenly finds the children after receiving a handsome ransom from their wealthy, aristocratic parents.
Sherlock becomes very suspicious and decides to set a trap to capture the person responsible for the kidnapping and ransom note, thus launching his career as a “great detective” who solves the crime even before the police can.
This is a great show for young actors to jump into the joys of theatre, letting them get their feet wet on an action-packed mystery-solving set that teaches them about famous characters in literary history.
Auditions will take place Friday, Sept. 16, 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a possible extra audition date for Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 to 3 p.m.
Call or text 344-559-8597 or 344-400-9660 to schedule an audition time or for more information. Sides (lines from the script) can be sent by email to you, or you can do a one-minute monologue.
Auditions are for ages 6 to 13 years old.
YOUNG SHERLOCK CAST OF CHARACTERS
1. Monique – student who’s abducted
2. Carlotta – student who’s abducted
3. Ruda – maid
4. Miss Klegg – the school cook
5. Miss Butterworth – Headmistress
6. Madame Lulu – the crazy psychic and fortune teller
7. Larry Lestrade – student
8. Sherlock Holmes – student
9. John Watson – student
10. James Moriarty -student
11. Helen Stoner – student
12. Irene Adler – student
13. Hetty Hudson – student
14. Henry Baskerville – student
15. Lady Windsor – government oﬃcial’s wife
16. Signora Medici – ambassador’s wife
17. Leticia Windsor – a new student
18. Rosa Medici – another new student
19. Madame Bonaparte – Monique’s Mother
20. Senor Goya – Carlotta’s father
21. Constable Bing – Chief of Police
22. Cyril – Constable Bing’s Deputy
23. Duchess Simpson – Wealthy Aristocrat
24. Hortense – Duchess Simpson’s daughter
*NOTE: Roles can easily be altered to suit diﬀerent genders. Example: Senor Goya can easily become Senora Goya, etc.
The roles of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Larry Lestrade, Helen Stoner, Henry Baskerville, Irene Adler, Hetty Hudson and James Moriarty can not be altered. These were all characters that grew up and factored into Sherlock Holmes later life and mysteries.