Monday, March 10, 2014

Elementary My Dear Pottsgrove

Sherlock Holmes will be played by Jake Deska and Dr. Watson by MJ Bird.

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by Pottsgrove High School:

The game’s afoot at Pottsgrove High School when the world’s most famous sleuth and his faithful companion Dr. Watson appear on stage. 

 “Sherlock Holmes,” a suspense comedy, will be performed by a cast of 25 on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm in the school’s Dr. Richard J. Radel Auditorium.

This more traditional adaptation is based on stories created by Arthur Conan Doyle himself, combining elements from some of the Holmes’ famous cases, including “The Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” 

 In Victorian England, Sherlock Holmes (Jake Deska) and Dr. Watson (MJ Bird) are attempting to recover incriminating letters for an insurance company. What starts out as a simple case of blackmail evolves into a much more complicated scheme that pits Holmes against his arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Kristi Shultz).

Alice Faulkner (Danielle Buchanan), who has the letters, is kidnapped by the evil James and Madge Larrabee (Josh Crocetto and Emily Weaver) until Holmes rescues her. 

A budding romance between Alice and Sherlock is threatened by the expected armed thugs, time bombs, and other complications. The play combines both mystery and humor to reach a satisfying resolution.

Other allies and adversaries for Holmes include Andrew Bayless, Brianna Beitler, Emma Burrus, Ashley Cole, Cierra Fekelman, Sydney Hernandez, Kendra Houck, Mollie Marko, Tayler Nofer, Shelby Poston, Nicole Raimondi, Anthony Romano, Rebecca Smith, Michael Thornton, Josh Toth, Hailee Tyson, Dan Weand, Allison Wentzel, Hannah Windrim, and Jake Witty.

The production is directed by faculty member Todd Kelly with assistance from Holli Artim. Student directors are Nofer and Poston. Costuming duties fall to Elizabeth Rodenbaugh and Cindy Wozniak. Cindy Scherer and Gwyneth Thomas are the art advisors. Dave Moyer supervises the stage crew.

Tickets are $7, discounted to $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased from cast members or at the door.

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