The Canyon Theatre Guild’s New Show Will Have You Howling with Laughter Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Now Playing
Santa Clarita’s own Canyon Theatre Guild (CTG) has embraced the spooky season with their new production, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, playing at the quaint and lovely theatre until November 3rd. Based off of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” the show is a hilarious murder mystery that is equal parts mayhem and merriment. This is one show you won’t want to miss, there is no mystery about that.
Written by Ken Ludwig, known for works such as Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You, he has won multiple Tony awards and can boast his work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery premiered in Washington D.C. in 1985 and has since been performed around the world. Now, the talented team at the CTG has brought the animated production to the lucky residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The show follows Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they take the case of the Baskerville family who is having its male heirs killed off by a what appears to be a horror hound that roams the swamps at night. When the newest (and last) family member arrives, the two men set out to protect him and ultimately solve the mystery of exactly what is happening in the moors of Devonshire surrounding the Baskerville estate.
With a cast of five playing over 40 parts, you can expect plenty of non-stop, boisterous entertainment. I say five actors, but really, three of them take on the bulk of the roles, as two stick strictly to Holmes and Watson. Jeremiah Luther True (Holmes) and Matthew Thomas Stallings (Watson) do a fine job playing the super sleuth and his sidekick – they make a good team and share in the hilarious antics that dominate the production.
But it is the other three, Kirsten Rast, Eduardo Arteaga and Tanner Burghardt that are the true stars of this maniacal mystery. You’ll have a great time trying to keep up with them over countless characters, dozens of costume changes, kooky accents and tiresome stage activity. One thing is for sure though, they’ll have you howling with laughter the entire time.
Each and every one of them exemplifies a level of talent that is not easy to find on smaller stages at local theatres. When I wasn’t rolling in the aisles with laughter, I was left in complete awe of their star power. I can’t say enough about this trio’s comedic, passionate and radiant performances – I highly recommend you experience it for yourself. Each and every one of their performances will have you talking (and laughing) long after the curtain closes.
O Michael Owston directs this production, with Musetta Caing Hart serving as assistant director. What a joy it must have been for them to work with such a talented cast. And of course their crew, with who all of this wouldn’t have been possible.
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is a great way to celebrate the Halloween season with the family while taking in a local show. The arts and culture that can be found in Santa Clarita is abundant, and we are all very fortunate to have the Canyon theatre Guild at the heart of it.
For tickets and show times visit www.canyontheatre.org.