CUYAHOGA FALLS — Join the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they solve one of their most famous cases.
Community theater ANTIC (Actors-N-Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls) will present "The Hound of the Baskervilles" adapted by F Andrew Leslie from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at 8 p.m. August 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at the Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Avenue. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check.
"The Hound of the Baskervilles" is the third of four crime novels written by Sir Doyle and featuring Holmes and Watson. The story is about an attempted murder on the young heir to the Baskervilles estate. An curse on the family involves a killer hound of apparent supernatural origin. Holmes uses one of his disguises to investigate the case, and the reader can follow the clues to find the killer.
Director Mary Kay Dente of Cuyahoga Falls said her father helped her decide to do this play.
"We haven't done anything with Sherlock Holmes (at ANTIC)," Dente said. "This will be the first."
Although the hound will be offstage, a friendly curly-haired spaniel named Tuxie will portray Dr. Mortimer's dog.
"Tuxie is my therapy dog and has five shows under his belt," Dente said.
The play has nine characters and some men can be portrayed by women, Dente said of the cast.
The costumes will be designed by Leslie Reetz of Cuyahoga Falls and said the play will take place in the 1890s.
"I've got the costumes," Reetz said. "Lizzie Borden was the same time period."
Holmes will wear his typical costume with a caped coat, deer stalker cap and a meerschaum pipe.
"When I can't sleep, I dress people in my dreams," Reetz said.
Terry Van Horn is the stage manager.
"I set the stage in the vision of the director and organize all the props," Van Horn said. "I get everything in order so the actors can relax."
Jamie Van Horn is assistant to the director and said he is learning to direct and be able to set the whole production in a future play.
Auditions were in June with a cold reading from the script. Actors read solo and then in a group.
Veronica Andrews of Cuyahoga Falls was hoping for a lead part.
"I've done leads in the past and I'm good at memorizing lines," Andrews said. "I want my part to be a bit of a challenge."
Andrews said she enjoys making other laugh and to be in the moment of a play that entertains them. She also enjoys meeting new people.
Kristin Trehome of Cuyahoga Falls was trying out for any part.
"Whatever part I get, I'll take it," Trehome said.
She isn't particular if its a man or woman.
"I played the marshal in Lizzie Borden and played a man with a whole beard," Trehome said. "I had fun doing it."
She enjoys acting because it allows her to pretend to be someone she is not, Trehome said.
"I get to be whatever I want," Trehome said. "It's fun."
More information about auditions and shows is available at www.antictheatre.org
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