Sherlock Sleuths His Way Into Pottsgrove March 21-22

Jake Deska, foreground, as Sherlock Holmes, and M.J. Bird as Dr. Watson hunt out adventure on stage Friday and Saturday at Pottsgrove High School

Jake Deska, foreground, as Sherlock Holmes, and M.J. Bird as Dr. Watson hunt out adventure on stage March 21 and 22 at Pottsgrove High School

POTTSTOWN PA – “The game’s afoot,” as storytellers say, when the world’s most famous detective and his faithful companion appear on stage in “Sherlock Holmes,” a suspense comedy performed by a cast of 25 on March 21 and 22 (2014; Friday and Saturday) at 7:30 nightly in the auditorium at Pottsgrove High School, Kauffman Road.

This more traditional adaptation is based on stories created by author Arthur Conan Doyle, combining elements from famous Holmes’ cases including “The Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” In Victorian England, Sherlock Holmes (played by Jake Deska) and his faithful companion Dr. Watson (M.J. Bird) attempt 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 high school 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 art advisors. Dave Moyer supervises the stage crew.

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

Photo from Pottsgrove High School