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If Sherlock Holmes Were a Woman - Short Play, Comedy

If Sherlock Holmes Were a Woman

Tim Kelly

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Short Play, Comedy

7f

ISBN: 9780874408386

Shirley Holmes is named after the famous sleuth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fame. She is a fanatic on mystery and crime. Her big chance comes when the housemother in her dorm is found dead under peculiar circumstances. Shirley, determined to solve the crime, locks all the girls in the communal study. Shirley's sleuthing is hilarious and causes something of a scandal as she unravels the laugh-provoking "heinous crime."

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Mystery/Thriller

30 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The communal study in a boarding house authorized for "off-campus living" by a nearby university.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget

Shirley Holmes is named after the famous sleuth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fame. This might be enough for any girl to bear, but in Shirley's case the name is ideal. She's a fanatic on the subject of mystery and crime. Her big chance comes when the threatening housemother in her dorm is found dead under peculiar circumstances. The correct procedure would be to call the police, but Shirley is determined to solve the crime herself and promptly locks all the girls in the communal study.

The "suspects" include Melanie, the professional "Southern belle"; Sniffles, the hypocondriac; Theda, the world's "greatest undiscovered talent"; and Fifi, an exchange student whose biggest battle is understanding the English language. And, of course, Shirley has a noble assistant in "Dotty" Watson who is delighted to write everything down in her "memoirs." Shirley's sleuthing is hilarious and causes something of a scandal as she unravels the laugh-provoking "heinous crime." The acting roles give excellent opportunity for characterization.

Characters

CASTING

7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Ensemble cast, Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

SHIRLEY HOLMES - a young lady obsessed by the character of Sherlock Holmes. Before she makes a move she asks herself: "what would Holmes have done!"
DOTTY WATSON - Shirley's sidekick, perfectly willing to go along with any adventure the female sleuth cooks up and write it down [for posterity] in her memoirs.
MELANIE - a Southern Belle who plays it for all it's worth.
THEDA - a drama major, convinced she is the world's greatest "undiscovered" talent.
MRS. HUDSON - the woman in charge of the off-campus living accommodations. She has little patience with Holmes and Watson.
FIFI - an exchange student from France whose biggest battle is understanding the English language.
SNIFFLES - a hypochondriac. If there's a germ around she's had it, has it or is about to get it.
Author
Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flower at New York's Pocket Theatre, The Trunk and All That Jazz at Boston's Image Theatre, and ... view full profile

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Reviews
Angela Wilson 4/27/2016 10:14 PM
This "mystery" ended up being a very fun play, perfect for a small all-female cast. One of my high school classes recently performed it and each of them loved their character.  Good opportunities to develop comedy skills! One thing, the set suggestions in the book had a LOT of furniture, which we streamlined to avoid overcrowding the stage.  
Ginny Johnson 2/4/2016 3:59 PM
I direct a small group of kids in a homeschool co-op.  Each class, it's a small number, and this year, all girls.  It's hard to find age appropriate, all-female plays for them.  I am looking forward to this one.

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