CLOTA brings Sherlock Holmes mystery to the center stage

CLOTA brings Sherlock Holmes mystery to the  center stageBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Theater goers, don your deerstalker caps – the game is afoot. Community Light Opera and Theatre Association is bringing Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” to CLOTA Center Stage.

Based on “Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “Baskerville” is “everyone’s favorite Sherlock Holmes story with a comedic twist,” said director Jenna Tamblyn. This will be the directorial debut for Tamblyn, who has been involved with CLOTA productions since 2011.

Written by the playwright responsible for the smash hit “Lend Me a Tenor,” Ludwig’s Baskerville premiered in January of 2015 and features “familiar characters with some unfamiliar surprises,” said Tamblyn.

Starring as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are Calvin Johnson and Ben Bockhahn. Joel Tamblyn and Josh Cotterell play Dr. Mortimer and Sir Henry Baskerville with Nate Clair and Jennifer Jones as Mr. and Miss Stapleton. Meanwhile – Larry Lier, Sylvia Figueroa, Alainy Christiansen, Richard Wagner, Brianne Hardwick, Cassidy Christiansen, Sebastian Hardwick, Pearl Woolam and Denise Johnson have their hands full juggling the play’s remaining twenty-something roles.

“We have lots of new faces this year,” said Tamblyn, who added that the youngest cast member is only five years old. “There’s adventure, mystery, dramatic deaths, fight scenes and a fair number of balcony scenes.”

While based on the classic tale, the show takes a number of twists and turns, said Assistant Director Angie Prichard. “It took me a while to figure out the ending, and I’ve read the story,” she said.

The directors went with the traditional late-19th century setting, but admitted they looked to the BBC’s wildly successful modern adaptation “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, for some inspiration. But as far as which aspects they decided to incorporate, Tamblyn said you’ll have to see the show to find out.

The show opens Friday, March 17, 7 p.m. at CLOTA Center Stage, 1425 N. Inyo St. The show is family friendly and tickets are available at Red Rock Books and at the door. Additional performances are March 18, 24, 25, 31 and April 1 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 26. For more information call 760-446-2411.

Pictured: Ben Bockhahn will portray Dr. John Watson in Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s upcoming production of “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” -- Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2017-03-10