OPEN AUDITIONS for

Second Holmes: The Case of the Neglected Farm

 A Radio Play by Grant Eustace

 

With live theatre on hold, CentreStage Theatre has found a new way of entertaining our community: A Vintage Radio Show Revival! We are producing audio plays for our audiences to listen to in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

 

Our first audio play, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Tolling Bell, is in the editing stage. We are now holding auditions for our next audio play about the grandsons of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. This light-hearted series, Second Holmes, was aired on BBC 4 radio in 1983. It was written by British author and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, Grant Eustace, who has graciously given us permission to perform his radio play. Junie Hutchinson will be directing with technical work by Kathy Walker and Shaun Whynaght.

Note: We will be producing more Old Time Radio plays and, possibly, Zoom plays, until we are able to open our theatre to the public.

 

Audition information (please read): The main factor for auditioning for a radio play is how you sound. This means that if you can sound like an old man, a brooding woman, an excited child, or whatever the script calls for, that’s who we’re looking for. It doesn’t matter what you look like, how old you are, etc. You must be able to read fluently. While we will be having several rehearsals, actors will be recording the show with scripts in hand, so timing is very important to the pace of each performance. Being able to read and speak aloud without breaking the flow is important to making the magic happen.

 

Audition Appointment Times: In order to comply with Covid 19 regulations and policies, we will be making appointments for auditions and limiting the number of people auditioning at one time. Audition appointments start at 3:30pm Sunday, July 26, and Monday, July 27 starting at 6:30pm. For an appointment, please email Junie Hutchinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hand sanitizing and social distancing procedures will be in effect. Please wear a face mask. Please do not attend auditions if you are sick.

 

Synopsis:

The grandsons of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson have teamed up to help a woman in distress in rural England in the early 1980s in this 30-minute audio play.

 

Roles Available:

Stamford Holmes – 30s to 50s with believable upper-class British accent. Stamford is brilliant like his grandfather, but with a dryer wit. He’s been living off Sherlock’s fortune, is easily bored, and only works as a consulting detective so that his friend, Dr. Watson, can chronicle the cases.

Dr. Watson – 30s to 50s with believable upper-class British accent. Dr. John Watson’s grandson has no first name, but has taken over as the detective, dragging Stamford along on cases. Watson is energetic, bumbling, always looking at red herrings, and forever quoting their grandfathers.

Tom Wigley – 30s to 50s with rural British accent. Unpleasant, nasty farmer with a shotgun.

Kate Wigley – 30s – 40s with British accent. Religious wife of Tom.

Bob Swannock – middle aged with rural British accent. Shopkeeper.

Vicar – male, middle aged or older with British accent. Doubled with Richard III.

Richard III – British Shakespearean actor. Doubled with Vicar.