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SEPTEMBER 12 – OCTOBER 20, 2018
Previews: September 12 & 13 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: September 14 at 8:00 PM
Pay What You Can: September 19 at 7:30 PM
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What are you most excited about for this production?
Reginald André Jackson (RJ): Getting the chance to explore the relationship of these two incredibly iconic characters, with my friend Michael Patten.
Michael Patten (MP): Yeah. Playing such a legendary character. And getting to work with Taproot for the first time!
What made you decide to become an actor?
RJ: A love of stories and the idea that I could take part in that.
MP: It was the best way for me to extend my childhood and keep my imagination fertile. Also, my high school acting teacher was a deeply compassionate person who illustrated exemplary human behavior to me.
Do you like dogs? Do you have a favorite story about a dog you’ve met?
MP: I once went into the wrong house with a friend to a party. (The doors were open and we were one house away from the correct address.) There were two very large Rottweilers in there and I can only surmise that the reason we made it out alive is due to the fact that we thought we were in the correct house and therefore we weren’t threatening to the dogs. They were definitely suspicious of us though.
RJ: We got our family dog, Marley, (named not after Jacob, but Robert Nesta aka “Bob”) from the Echo Glen Children’s Center, as part of their Canine Connections program, where juvenile offenders rehabilitate dogs as part of their own rehabilitation. I have to give an honorable mention to a gigantic teddy bear of a dog I met about a month ago, who greeted me in the sweetest, most playful manner, before seeing my hat and turning into Cujo.
Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan? Do you have a favorite story or adaptation?
RJ: I am a major Holmes fan. The Hound of the Baskervilles is probably my favorite of the Conan Doyle stories. Nicholas Meyer’s Seven Percent Solution is pretty great too.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given, theatrical or otherwise?
MP: Try to view things from other people’s perspectives, without abandoning your own principals.
RJ: When I was in high school a guest artist was asked what advice he’d give to young people starting out in theatre. He said, “Quit.” He wasn’t being flippant. If you can’t quit you’ve found your calling. If you can, you’ll save yourself a lot of rejection, and maybe a little money.
Why should people see this show?
MP: It is a very fast paced and funny retelling of a classic tale.
RJ: It’s a hoot. It’s a mystery, a comedy and love letter to the theatre all rolled into one. Enjoy!
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery features five actors playing over 35 characters. That means co-costume designers Melanie Burgess and Nina Bice had their hand’s full organizing a lot of costume changes!
How do you keep all of the costume pieces straight? We’re already tired (and excited!) just thinking about it.
Melanie Burgess (MB): Paperwork! Diligently reading the script and color-coding the paperwork has been essential.
Can you tell us your secret to making sure the costume changes happen in time?
MB: Again, paperwork. Nina read the script out loud to guess at the length of the quick change in order to alert all parties and we designed the costumes around those needs. We also incorporated transformational pieces to accommodate the quick changes that needed to happen on stage in front of the audience.
What design can you not wait to see come to life?
MB: The tiny pith helmet and the transforming skirt/cape.
Did you have to go in search of any special materials to create the costumes?
MB: We used upholstery fabric for the skirt/cape because of our interest in the ideal weight and type of pattern for the needs of that particular costume.
If you had to pick one costume to wear to a costume party, which would you choose?
MB: Sherlock’s suit of course!
Do you have any costume tips or tricks to share in preparation for Halloween?
MB: Don’t get a costume out a plastic bag! Be inventive. After all, on Halloween … anything goes!
In 2012 the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Sherlock Holmes as the most portrayed literary human character in film and television, besting William Shakespeare’s Hamlet by 48 portrayals. The character’s enduring popularity has built a worldwide fan base and inspired a whole genre of literature.
The cunning consulting detective from 221B Baker Street first appeared in 1887 in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel A Study in Scarlet. Holmes’ adventures proved to be such a hit for Doyle that he wrote him into a total of four novels and 56 shorts stories from 1887 – 1927.
Almost immediately, Sherlock Holmes and his faithful assistant Dr. Watson were among the most popular literary characters ever written. The stories were so popular, in fact, that Doyle, frustrated by how much his detective stories were distracting from his more serious writing, attempted to kill off Holmes in the short story “The Final Problem,” published by The Strand magazine in 1893.
In today’s Twitter-fueled world, fan outrage is a common phenomenon, but in mid-1890s England, the reaction to Holmes’ death was unlike anything ever seen in popular culture. Subscriptions to The Strand dropped by 20,000, nearly bankrupting the magazine. Some Holmes fans wrote editorials expressing their outrage and others started “Keep-Holmes-Alive” clubs.
For eight years the pressure continued until Doyle finally gave in and, in 1901, published a new Sherlock Holmes novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, which took place prior to Holmes’ death. Then, in the 1903 short story ” The Adventure of the Empty House,” Doyle accepted the wishes of his readers and resurrected Holmes by revealing that the daring detective had, in fact, managed to fake his death.
In the 131 years since A Study in Scarlet first debuted the popularity of Sherlock’s adventures has not ceased. Through thousands of adaptations and homages in literature, stage, film, television and other media, Holmes and Watson have transcended beyond Doyle’s original works. To this day, modern adaptations, such as CBS’s Elementary and BBC’s Sherlock television series, continue to thrill fans.
Sherlock Holmes made his Jewell Mainstage debut in 2010 with Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol. The production was so popular that it was remounted in 2012. Both stagings stand among the most successful shows in Taproot’s history.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
by Lauren Gunderon & Margot Melcon
Directed by Karen Lund
Merry Christmas from Mr. and Mrs. Darcy of Pemberley Estate!
In this witty sequel to Pride and Prejudice, bookish middle-sister Mary pounds her pianoforte alone until a curious visitor drops hints of being her intellectual match. Seizing the opportunity to be the heroine of her own story, Mary pursues her equal. This funny, smart and romantic comedy makes for a most stylish holiday outing.
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Arsenic and Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring
January 23 – March 2, 2019
The Brewsters are an eccentric bunch: Mortimer’s a theatre critic, his brother thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and Aunts Abby and Martha are the most gracious killers. When Mortimer casually proposes to the pastor’s daughter he unwittingly opens the lid on buried family secrets. As strangers and cops keep calling, the Brewsters will go to hilarious lengths to protect the skeletons in the cellar.
We Will Not Be Silent
by David Meyers
March 20 – April 27, 2019
Twenty-one-year-old Sophie Scholl is a college student, anti-Nazi activist and, along with her brother, a member of The White Rose resistance. Charged with treason and held in a German prison, Sophie is forced to play a psychological game of cat and mouse as she fights for her life and soul with a Nazi interrogator. This emotionally charged story testifies to the courage required to live out your values.
by Ins Choi
May 15 – June 22, 2019
Enter Kim’s Convenience store and meets the Kims, a loving, if imperfect, Korean family making their way in Toronto. As they face an uncertain future Appa (dad), Umma (mom), their unmarried daughter Janet and disappointing son Jung learn to see each other in a new light. This hilarious and heartwarming story reminds us that family isn’t always convenient, but it might be the best deal out there.
Music, Book & Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics & Story by Edie Brickell
July 10 – August 17, 2019
Under a serene North Carolina sunset, a simple summer romance blossoms into true love. When Alice and Jimmy Ray’s parents forbid their union, the young couple are propelled into a daring future. Inspired by a true story, this powerful tale of love and redemption will make your heart soar and your toes tap. Hold on, love is coming home.
by Richard Hellesen
September 18 – October 26, 2019
Eavesdrop on history as abolitionist and Union recruiter Frederick Douglass challenges his president to act on the statement that “all men are created equal.” Glimpse into the hearts and souls of two brilliant Americans as their choices affect not only their sons, but the future of a nation. This battle of ideas is based on documented meetings, public speeches and personal writings.
September 27 – October 13, 2018
Written & Performed by Samara Lerman
Directed by Kelly Kitchens
Cyla’s Gift is a train-hopping, border-crossing story of danger, adventure, magic, loss, and the power of storytelling. When the ghost of her grandmother, Cyla Tine, starts visiting Samara in the middle of the night, she is compelled to travel through interwoven family stories of survival. Lerman asks: “What happens when your family lineage stops with you? What happens to the stories and memories of generations past?” This is a relevant, insightful story for a generation facing a resurgence of fear and extremism.
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November 30 – December 27, 2018
A Charlie Brown Christmas
By Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By Speical Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson
The all-ages tradition continues with this family-friendly favorite that’s back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic.
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