Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville” — March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16
The cast and crew of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville are hard at work preparing for the spring production. In this comedy thriller, author Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic “The Hound of the Baskervilles” into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one.
To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Their intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can the heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.
Mr. Sherlock Holmes is portrayed by Clay Ramsey with Antonius Watkins as Dr. Watson. The remaining characters, nearly 40 in all, are played by Krysta Koenigsknecht, Rory Miller and Jonathan
Portland Civic Players is excited once again to be collaborating with local organizations for this production. $5 from each ticket sold will be split between the Portland Community Fund and Ionia County Relay for Life.
“We are so excited to be able to bring this fun and entertaining show to our community and thrilled to be partnering with these two local organizations and help raise funds for very worthy causes. We have enjoyed such great support from this and surrounding communities over the years, and this collaboration is a great way to give back!” said Mary Teachout, PCP President. “We hope to see folks from communities countywide at the show!”
The play is being directed by Dr. Roger Miller, with Shelley Perry as assistant director. Performances are March 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16 at the Portland Community Theater, located at 231 Maple Street, Portland.
PRODUCTION SPOTLIGHT: AN INTERVIEW WITH COSTUME DESIGNER DENISE SHOWERMAN
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery features five actors playing over 35 characters. That means costume designer, Denise Showerman, had her hand’s full organizing a lot of costume changes!
How do you keep all of the costume pieces straight? We’re already tired (and excited!) just thinking about it.
Denise Showerman (DS): Attention to detail is key and lots of
Can you tell us your secret to making sure the costume changes happen in time?
DS: Practice, practice, practice and a dedicated team of dressers working backstage make the process as smooth as possible for a great experience for the audience.
What design can you not wait to see come to life?
DS: The iconic Sherlock Holmes of course.
Did you have to go in search of any special materials to create the costumes?
DS: The hats were really the main items that required special materials. The clothing was fairly straight forward.
If you had to pick one costume to wear to a costume party, which would you choose?
DS: Stapleton, who wouldn’t want to hop around with a butterfly net?
What character has been the most fun to work on?
DS: Sir Henry, without a doubt.
Do you have any costume tips or tricks to share?
DS: Use your imagination. Inspiration comes when you least expect it.
Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 pm! Come down to the theater, listen to some of your favorite Disney tunes, and help kick off the Holiday season!
Then, join us as we enjoy the rest of Holiday Fest in our lovely downtown. 😊 Ticket price is a goodwill offering to help us raise funds for a new marquee. 😊
Wow, thank you for supporting community theater!
We are happy, but sorry, to announce that all four shows this weekend are sold out. There may be cancellations, so feel free to call and leave a message to be added to the waiting list. Box office: 517 647 4041
Thank you, everyone, for the great support of our show Beauty and the Beast!
We have added a matinee on Saturday, November 17th at 2:00 pm. Call 517 647 4041 to reserve a ticket.
Come and meet Belle and her Enchanted friends from our fall production of Beauty and the Beast. Meet the characters, get your picture taken, see the set, and enjoy some refreshments. $10 per child with all funds raised going to our marquee renovation project. Pictures will be taken by a photographer and emailed to you!
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