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February 20/21

Get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and the renowned sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick, Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the curse before it dooms the newest heir. Witness five talented actors playing 40 quirky characters, and venture deep into a world filled with disguises, silly accents and murderous deceit.

For those who might be somewhat suspicious of putting a twist on the classic tale, be assured all the pieces of the classic Conan Doyle are there: an untimely demise, suspicious folk, barking dogs, ex-cons, stolen clothing, a mysterious cane, family secrets, and chases through treacherous Devonshire moors, crowded railway stations, foggy London streets and gloomy baronial mansions. But Ludwig has taken a fresh look at the story, discarding the darker side and highlighting the comedic episodes.

“Comedy is becoming too dependent on literal sets and specific costumes. It feels to me that it needs some air. My hope is that the play will speak to the raw, creative joy of being in a live theatre and telling a compelling story in a wildly new way.”

So bring along your magnifying glass and join in the adventure and see if you can work out whodunit!

David Gonzalez Master Storyteller
in Sleeping Beauty
February 23/24
Sleeping Beauty
Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms. We respond to stories, we imagine ourselves inside them and when a special story comes our way, we hold onto it and want to hear it over and over. And there is always something a little different each time the tale is retold. Sleeping Beauty is one of those old stories, a fairy tale passed down by word of mouth for hundreds of years. We all know the basics of the story: a princess, fairies  – good and evil, magic spells, the spindle, the prince and the kiss, with the underlying universal themes of fear, joy and struggle. 

Now the classic fairy tale is told once again in David Gonzalez’s innovative and poetic presentation. An entertaining narrator, poet, actor and musician, and recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award
for Sustained Excellence from International Performing Arts for Youth, Gonzalez brings a rich background to the stage. Inspired by the unlikely combination of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Dr. Seuss, he describes his Sleeping Beauty as “poetical theatre” where “the word meets the pulse, the pulse meets the music, the music meets the image, and it all meets the child.” In this interactive show for children of all ages, Gonzalez incorporates quirky, rhymed verse, live music, projected images, and the most extraordinary device of all—our imaginations, to create a world in which our beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love’s kiss...or not!
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