First off, for those of you that did not hear, I am officially a blogger for the Newtowne Players at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park, MD. I am very thankful for this honor and I hope I do this awesome theatre justice. 🙂
Directly from their Facebook page:
“Meet William Gillette– the dashing actor who brought one of literature’s greatest sleuths to life on stage. A man with a penchant for theatrics, Gillette’s home is a secluded castle in Connecticut with hidden doors, secret rooms and more. When a murder occurs under his roof, it’s up to Gillette (and Sherlock Holmes) to help catch the killer.”
Last week, I attended the press night performance of “Holmes for the Holidays!” by Ken Ludwig. I do not like researching shows before seeing them, so I went into this performance with no expectations beyond knowing that I’ve seen many of these talented actors in other productions. All I knew is that the show had SOMETHING to do with Sherlock Holmes, so I knew I was in for some sort of mystery.
A mystery indeed! I found myself engulfed in the plot and each of the characters’ lives. I had many guesses as to “whodunnit” but there were plenty of twists and turns that kept me on my edge of my seat throughout the entire production. Each actor made the characters their own and really showcased themselves as actors. Every character was extremely complex, both due to Ludwig’s writing and the actors’ talents. Facial expressions, excellent body language, strong stage presence, and comedic timing stood out to me in this show from all actors. The comedic timing between the characters of Felix Geisel (played by Michael Sokoloff) and William Gillette (played by Kerry Jones) was (as the kids say nowadays) “on point.” Director Jennifer Carnahan and producer Jeff Maher worked very hard to make this show a success and it definitely shows. Between the talented cast, the great set, and awesome stage effects, this is a production that you cannot miss!
WILLIAM GILLETTE – Kerry Jones
MARTHA GILLETTE – Robin Finnacom
FELIX GEISEL – Michael Sokoloff
MADGE GEISEL – Joie Samuelson
SIMON BRIGHT – Connor Heveron
AGGIE WHEELER – Madelyn Oosterink
INSPECTOR GORING – Beth Sanford
DARIA CHASE – Emily Funderburk
“Holmes for the Holidays” opens Friday [12/2/16] and runs every Thursday-Sunday until December 18th! Buy your tickets here: www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets and be sure to mention Amanda LePore/As The Amanda Turns sent you!
Leave your comments below- are you excited for this show? Have you gone to see it? What did you think? NO SPOILERS, PLEASE AND THANK YOU!