Local production is perfect blend of mystery and comedy

Local production is perfect blend of mystery and comedy
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Seven actors will play over 40 different characters in the area premiere of "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery." The cast includes Roxie Long, left, Shannon Mitchell, Jerry Marlowe, Kate Johnson, Chester Boffo, Alex Walker and Shawn Clay.

                        

The area premiere of Ken Ludwig's "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" will be presented at the Little Theatre for nine performances, opening Oct. 4-19.

"Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" is the adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s "The Hound of the Baskervilles." The playwright transforms this famous mystery into an all-out comedic theatrical adventure as Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson face their most puzzling and dangerous case yet. A cast of seven actors take on nearly 40 characters searching for the truth, complete with a dizzying web of clues, outlandish accents and disguises.

"Ken Ludwig's script conveys a real love of theatrical storytelling," director Don Irven said. "It offers the perfect blend of mystery and comedy. And the unique thing about his delightful script is that he creates a fun blend of laughs and mystery by writing over 40 roles for multiple actors."

The cast of seven includes Shawn Clay as Sherlock Holmes and Shannon Mitchell as Dr. Watson. Also in the cast are Jerry Marlowe, Roxie Long, Chester Boffo, Kate Johnson and Alex Walker.

The production team includes director Irven; Elizabeth Lehigh Thomakos, assistant director; Jack Pottmeyer, set and special props design; Steve Albery, lighting design; Kathy Bergstrom, sound design; Machelle Miller, costumes; Debi Devore, wigs and makeup; Halle Holmes, stage manager; Elizabeth Lawson Holmes, dialect coach; Amy Luxemburg, rehearsal prompter; Michael Brindley, producer; and Allison Morris, photographer.

The stage crew and additional assistance includes Danielle Blair, Dawn Brogan, Taylor Brogan, Lily Gao, Trish Green, Sally Holmes, Sherrel Rieger, Monica Scott, Sheila Samson-Witt, Amy Vance and Bart Herman.

Performances are on the weekends, Oct. 4-19. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. There is a Thursday performance scheduled on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling the KSU PAC box office at 330-308-6400, by visiting the PAC box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and online at www.TheLittleTheatreOnline.org.

The Little Theatre is located at 466 Carrie Ave. NW in New Philadelphia.


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