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Athenian Players to Present Sherlock Holmes

Athenian Players to Present Sherlock Holmes

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sherlock Homes imageThe Athenian Players of Athens State University will present a production of Sherlock Holmes by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, directed by Assistant Professor of Drama Dr. Hugh K. Long.  The performances will be held in McCandless Hall on the Athens State campus. Performances will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 14, 15, 16, and April 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. Admission will be charged at the door and is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for students and seniors.

Sherlock Holmes is a classic 19th Century melodrama adapted by star actor-manager William Gillette from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous stories, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Final Problem,” and “A Study in Scarlet.” While Sherlock Holmes has become a household name, this was the first ever stage play featuring the legendary British detective.

“As always, I try to challenge my students, actors, and audience with classic dramatic literature that is rarely produced,” notes Dr. Long. “The chance to produce the first play that brought Sherlock Holmes to life, shortly after the Athens State University Alumni Association hosted a Sherlock Holmes-themed trip to Great Britain, was simply too much fun of an opportunity to pass up.”

The play will feature Bartholomew Hamilton, Whitney Thatch, Laura Kee, Gage Craig, Eli Foreman, William Scott Tuttle, Jilya Gossett, JoBeth Workman, Ann Sowby, Stephen Sheffield, Trent Thompson, Laura Poe, Arsenio Thatch, Forrest Johnson, Preston Pylant, and Syd Cochran.

Athens State alumna Tracy Szappan will serve as Stage Manager, Von Braun Center  professional  Syd Cochran serves as technical director, and Athens State English major  Suzann McCullom serves as costume designer.

More information can be found at www.athens.edu/athenianplayers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]