Bluegrass Childrens’ Theatre is holding auditions for “Sherlock Holmes & the Mystery of….” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Century Christian Church on Aug. 19.
Children ages 7 to 18 can audition and the show will be touring in September.
“The show can best be described as best friends, Sherlock Holmes and Doc Watson, who take it upon themselves to help find all of the ‘lost and found’ items of their classmates at Baker Street Academy,” said Bluegrass Childrens’ Theatre founder and Artistic Director Grae Greer.
Written by 15-year-old Brett Conder and directed by 16-year old Christa Hill, this is the first production of BCT that is fully created by children.
Conder said that writing this play was difficult because it runs about 15 to 20 minutes and in that limited time, a fully story has to be told, the characters have to grow and a lesson has to be learned.
Hill said that she thinks the community will enjoy this production as it is very interactive. The audience assists Sherlock and Holmes in locating the missing objects.
“The directing, the script, the set design, the costume construction and the actors are roles and positions that will be filled by those ages 7 to 18,” said Greer. “It’s the first show out of six productions in our 2019-2020 season, and it’s the first production to have a student director.”
Greer said that Hill interned at both Summer Arts Camps that BCT held, and she has been involved with every BCT production.
“She has a great understanding of the theatre community and how touring works,” Greer said.
For auditions, children need to bring a pencil and a list of scheduling conflicts in August and September.
Conder said that it is different than any other play in that it gives actors more chances to perform for different types of audiences since it is a touring play.
“The auditioning process will be very laid back, and I will try my best to make it not scary,” Hill said. “If someone doesn’t want to be onstage, there is a part backstage. We want every person who auditions to have a chance to do something in our productions. There’s a part for everyone at Bluegrass Children’s Theatre.”