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Put on your deerstalker cap - 'Baskerville' whodunit opens at Fine Arts Center

October 5, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2017 at 4:34 pm
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Christopher Joel Onken as Sherlock Holmes and Colin Alexander as Docto Watson in a scene from "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Oct. 5-29.

If you like a good whodunit - and a few laughs along the way - "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" should fit the bill.

Ken Ludwig, known for his farces including "Lend Me a Tenor," penned the spooky madcap adaptation of Sir Author Conan Doyle's classic mystery tale, "The Hound of the Baskervilles."

"It is a comedic theatrical retelling of the classic 'Hound of the Baskervilles' story," said director Nathan Halvorson. "We picked it because Sherlock Holmes is an interesting character that many people have a fondness for. This play has been getting a lot of the traction in the last year. What a great way to start off the Halloween season."

"Baskerville" kicks off the main-stage season at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College on Thursday.

Expect a lot of quick costume changes. The cast of five plays nearly 40 roles.

"Sherlock and Watson are played by one actor apiece. The other three play all the other characters in the story, so each of those carries 10 to 14 characters," Halvorson said. "That's the interesting device. A lot of the humor comes from that."

Christopher Joel Onken plays Sherlock Holmes, and Colin Alexander is Doctor Watson. The cast is rounded out by Andrew Wilkes, Jordan Matthews and Rebecca Myers.

"What's interesting is that this play rides the knife edge of mystery and comedy," he said. "There are thrills and chills and comedy at the same time. I think it's hilarious in places. It's guffaw-fall-out-of-your chair funny. Then there's that Sherlock Holmes wordplay as well."

Expect to see Victorian costumes in abundance.

"There are a lot of tricks and zippers and Velcro. Some of the changes are insanely fast. We have three dressers on the show," Halvorson said.

He recommends the play for ages 12 and up, due to some "pretty suspenseful moments."

"If you're a mystery person, you're going to enjoy watching Holmes unravel the mystery," Halvorson said. "If you're a fan of farce," it covers that as well.

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