Hut­ton’s Ham­let Sum­mer Series Takes On Holmes

Escalon Times - - PERSPECTIVE -

The Hound of the Baskervilles is next on the sum­mer pro­duc­tion sched­ule at Hut­ton’s Ham­let Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Oak­dale, fea­tur­ing a cast of kids from through­out the Cen­tral Val­ley.

Show times are Fri­day, July 20 at 7 p.m.; and Satur­day, July 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sher­lock Holmes and his faith­ful side­kick, Dr. John Wat­son, have left on an ex­tended va­ca­tion in Europe; leav­ing their nieces, Shirley Holmes and Jen­nie Wat­son, to keep an eye on the fa­mous flat at 221B Baker Street. Shirley, study­ing logic, and Jen­nie, study­ing medicine, are busy pre­par­ing for ex­ams when there’s a knock on the door. It’s Dr. Max­ine Mortimer and Sir Henry Baskerville, who have come to seek the as­sis­tance of Holmes, for Sir Charles Baskerville has died a mys­te­ri­ous death.

Is he the most re­cent vic­tim of the curse of the Baskervilles – a curse linked to the night­mar­ish tales of a su­per­nat­u­ral hound that haunts the murky moors of Devon­shire? And Sir Henry, the only sur­viv­ing heir to the Baskerville legacy, has been threat­ened with his life. Some­thing must be done … but there’s no time to re­call Holmes and Wat­son from their trip.

“We’re all you’ve got,” Shirley tells Sir Henry, with Jen­nie chim­ing in: “We’re up to the chal­lenge.”

Then Shirley and Jen­nie fol­low the trail of ev­i­dence and in­trigue against a back­drop of wail­ing hounds, thun­der­ing hooves, and the slith­er­ing mists of the moor un­til, at last, they are con­fronted by the rav­en­ous hound it­self.

The show is the fourth of the sum­mer series staged at Hut­ton’s Ham­let. For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion, call 209-848-1216. The Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter is at 132 W. G St., Oak­dale.

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