Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Nancy Rich

February 9-11, 2023, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center

February 16-18, 2023, at the Fuquay Varina Arts Center

Callbacks, if needed, will be held on December 19 and December 20, 2022

Put on your deerstalker cap, the play’s afoot! 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 theatrical adventure. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one, but Sherlock Holmes is on the case! A dizzying web of clues unravels as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can Holmes and Watson discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. 

  • Director's note: Ken Ludwig’s comedies are broad and farcical. Actors, don’t hold back! I want to see big performances with strong choices.
  • Production note: This show requires a backstage crew for scenery and super-fast costume changes, as well as a few surprise appearances onstage. Please indicate in your audition information paperwork if you would be interested in one of these roles.

Auditioners, please submit a video audition monologue from the 5 roles below. Record and submit your video(s) to before December 5. You may submit auditions for more than one role. Please download and fill out the audition form and calendar found below and submit with your video audition.

1. DR. WATSON monologue: (Sherlock Holme’s close friend and advisor)

It all began, as these things do, with simplicity itself: a walking stick, left at our residence by an unknown visitor. However, the trail, like a labyrinth out of an ancient myth, led eventually to what my friend Sherlock Holmes described as the greatest and most dangerous cast in the history of his career. It ended with a kind of reckless triumph, and along the way it renewed my respect for the greatest man I have ever known! 

2. SHERLOCK HOLMES monologue(The famous British detective)

There are certainly some points of distinction about this case, Watson. That change in the footprints, for example. He was running, Watson, running desperately for his life until his heart burst and he fell dead on the spot. And what was he running from? There lies our problem. There are indications that the man was literally crazed with fear. Come get your hat, we’ll be late for the opera. There is nothing like a little musical mayhem to clear the mind!

3. ACTOR #1 monologue mashup: Perform this entire mashup.

Dr. Mortimer: (upper-class British dialect))

I am here because of the sudden death of my friend and patient Sir Charles Baskerville. I got there before the police came. Sir Charles lay face down, his fingers dug into the ground. And when I turned him over, his features were convulsed with such strong emotion that I could hardly have sworn to his identity. Beside the body there were footprints. Footprints of a gigantic hound!

Desk clerk (Castillian accent)

Meethter Holmes! What a pleasure, thir! And Doctor Watthon! Oh, I read about your exthploits in the Thtrand Magazine religiouthly! Thir Henry Baskerville in exthpecting you upsthairs, thir.

Dr. McCann (Scottish brogue)

As your doctor, let me say this could have been much worse. Your skull appears to be abnormally thick. Rest up for a few days and you’ll be good as new.

Milker (errand boy, Cockney dialect)

The name’s Milker, sir. I work with Cartwright when there’s a shilling or two in circulation, if you see what I mean. And might I say what a pleasure it is entering your employment, Mr. Holmes.

4. ACTOR #2: Perform this entire mashup.

Sir Hugo Baskerville (Lord of the Manor with a “wild, profane, and godless nature”.)

The wench has escaped! If I can but overtake that wench this very night, I shall render up my body to the Powers of Evil! Now saddle my mare, unkennel my pack, and put the hounds upon her!

Sir Henry Baskerville (Texas accent)

A big ol’ hound with blazin’ eyes who breathe’s fire? This all sounds like hogwash to me. Hell, I got hounds back home that would eat him for breakfast and spit out the bones. This is my property and I ain’t givin’ it up for nobody!

Police Inspector Lestrade (Lower middle-class accent)

Well, knock me senseless, it’s Mr. Sherlock ‘Olmes. What the ‘ell are you doin’ here? You’re wastin’ your bleedin’ time with some piss-pot baloney about some baronet. If you ask me, it’s a lot o’ bollocks for some toff from America who going to inherit a fortune anyhow.


5. ACTRESS #1: Perform this entire mashup.

Miss Beryl Stapleton: (The beautiful ingenue. Upper-class accent.)

Oh, can’t you tell when a warning is for your own good?!? Go back! Go straight back to London instantly! Shh! Jack is coming. Not a word of what I’ve just – (all sweetness and light) Hahahaha! Would you mind fetching that orchid for me amongst the moor-tails yonder? And oh, just look at that rabbit, isn’t he adorable?

Cartwright: (Errand boy, Cockney dialect)

I’m right ‘ere Mister ‘Olmes, sir. At your service. Me and the rest of the boys are doin’ alright with the odd job now and then. O’ course they wouldn’t mind a little extra work on their plates if it came a-callin’ in the scheme o’ things.

German maid: (German accent)

Nein, nein, sir! I have not found der boot, I svear. I’m asken der boot-black und iss not mitt him. Und I look in der cupboard und I look on der shelves. I find, I promise. I find das boot!

Mrs. Barrymore (The gloomy caretaker of the Manor. Swedish accent)

May we show you to your rooms gentlemen? Ve are valking dis vay. Dis is der portrait of Sir Hugo Baskerville. Dey say his neck was chewed off by de evil hound…Dis is not a good vey to die

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