The Mousetrap, 2019. Photo by Robin Jackson
Ross Valley Players holds open auditions for every show we produce. To receive all audition notices, please click HERE. We welcome you to join our wonderful group of collaborators in making professionally-oriented, high-quality live theatre in Marin. We are the oldest continually operating theatre company on the West Coast. Wonderful Non-AEA actors come from throughout the Bay Area to play on our historic stage. Our houses our well-attended, parking is free and easy, and we offer a stipend. We have been nominated for and have received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Dean Goodman Awards, and Theatre Bay Area Awards.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily by Katie Forgette
Directed by Phoebe Moyer
Produced by Kim Foulger
* Auditions at Ross Valley Players, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA. *
Ross Valley Players is an All-Vaccinated Venue and we expect everyone to be vaccinated OR show proof of a negative Covid test.
Actors unknown to Phoebe Moyer should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue with appropriate accent. All actors will read sides (here).
Auditions will be Thursday, July 15 and Friday, July 16 from 6 PM to 10 PM at The Barn Theater on the grounds of The Marin Art & Garden Center. We look forward to meeting artists of all races/ethnicities, abilities, ages, and genders/gender identities. All roles are open. Bring headshot/resume. Acting roles are volunteer positions with reimbursements available for travel amounting to approximately $400.
Callbacks are on Friday, July 23, from 6 PM to 10 PM.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily” opens January 21, 2022 and runs until February 20, 2022. Four shows per week – Thursday 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday 8pm, and Sunday 2pm. Rehearsals begin November 22 with a holiday break (December 23 – January 3) at The Barn Theater.
Email for audition slot to producer Kim Foulger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sherlock Holmes: brilliant, clever, adept at disguise, RP Queen’s English accent (suggested source: THE CROWN)
Dr. Watson: best friend and willing assistant to Sherlock, an innocent romantic, RP Conservative English accent (suggested source: Boris Johnson)
Man 2: Cockney accent (suggested source: MY FAIR LADY)
Mrs. Lillie Langtry: attractive and talented actress, RP Queens’ English accent (suggested source: THE CROWN)
Oscar Wilde: witty, indulgent, eager to impress, RP Queen’s English accent (suggested source: THE CROWN)
Mrs. Irma Tory: opinionated, convincingly loyal but also devious, Cockney accent (suggested source: MY FAIR LADY)
and Mrs. McGlynn: decrepit, Irish accent (suggested source: GANGS OF NEW YORK)
John Smythe: tough but beholden to his boss, Liverpool accent (suggested source: The Beatles)
and Abdul Karim: respectful, dutiful, Indian accent (suggested source: VICTORIA AND ABDUL)
and Man I: Cockney accent (suggested source: MY FAIR LADY)
Professor Moriarty: ruthless villain, Scottish accent (suggested source: HIGHLANDER, BRAVEHEART)
About the Play
“The wit of Oscar Wilde meets the cunning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when Wilde brings his dear friend, Lillie Langtry, to Baker Street. Someone has stolen the highly intimate letters Lily exchanged with the Prince of Wales, and now she is being blackmailed. Only Holmes can solve the case, going so far as to disguise himself as an early version of Lady Bracknell from Wilde’s latest play, The Importance of Being Forthright, while Watson falls head-over-heels for the Jersey Lily and a wicked professor attempts to bring the Crown to its knees.” Playscripts, Inc.
Sides – Download script here
SIDE 1 Holmes, Watson, Oscar, Lily
Start p. 12 “And now for the most satisfying of all retorts….”
End p. 18 “Yes, but what I said sounds so much better.”
SIDE 2 Holmes (Padgett), Oscar, Lily, Tory, Smythe (Man 1)
Start p. 33 “Someone to see you, ma’am.”
End p. 36 “I know nothing whatever about you.”
SIDE 3 Tory, Smythe, Moriarity
Start p. 46 “You confounded idiot!”
End p. 50 “What my sister ever saw in your half witted father-!”
SIDE 4 Lily, Tory
Start p. 60 “Mrs. Langtry, oh my god, are you all right?”
End p. 63 “I’m not a magician, sweetheart—the only way you’re getting out of here is by telling the Professor where that love trinket is.”
SIDE 5 Holmes, Lily, Oscar, Karim
Start p. 83 “Good evening, Mr. Holmes.”
End p. 85 “I cannot say for certain, Mrs. Langtry, I can only tell you that I have never known Moriarity to continue playing the game once he knows he has been tested.”