The Game’s Afoot on Dec. 1

The Game’s Afoot on Dec. 1

The Game’s Afoot on Dec. 1
Colleen Frease

A holiday murder mystery is coming to a theatre near you.

The Stage Company is putting on holiday production Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays.”

The show takes place in the 1930s on Christmas Eve at the home of William Gillette, an actor that played Sherlock Holmes in more 1300 productions for the stage. He has his family and friends there with him when someone gets murdered and it is up to Gillette to figure out who is the culprit.

Director Tricia Burns said the journey leading up to the identity of the murderer is full of quirky, fun characters that will bring the script to life.

“This is my first time directing a full-length production,” Burns said. “The comedy in this play is what really drew me in to the script. I hope the audience goes away from this play laughing because it really is funny, and I want everyone to enjoy that.”

The cast of eight actors are all from Southern Illinois, with Kaitlin Nicole Griffith starring as William Gillette. Burns tried to challenge each of the actors by placing them in a role they may not normally play.

Auditions started in mid-October with dress rehearsals beginning Oct. 23. The six-week production schedule has involved dress rehearsals four to five days per week, with each full run through of the play taking three to four hours.

The set will also feature a design that has incorporated unique elements to include secret rooms and a revolving book case that turns into a bar.

Burns said the cast has been nothing but committed to putting on a good show and they have had a lot of fun leading up to opening night.

Burns is an actor herself, and has helped in every aspect of the show from designing the set, to picking the costumes, and the sound and light design.

“Anyone who loves Christmas, and loves to have a good time is going to enjoy this show,” Burns said. “It’s a lot of fun, and it’s going to be great for anyone who is a fan of anything to do with Sherlock Holmes.”

Showtimes are at the Varsity Center on Dec. 1-3 and 7-10. Thursday through Saturday show times are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday times are 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $8 for students. For more information check out