Laughter will be ‘elementary’ in FAS production Feb. 16-17

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January 29, 2018

Sherlock Holmes MysteryThe latest performance in the 2017-18 Fine Arts Series at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University will prove that laughter is “elementary my dear Watson.”

“Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Escher Auditorium, Benedicta Arts Center.

This, however, is a slightly different version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s familiar 1902 mystery, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

Sure, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are still the main characters, but this is a hilarious adaptation of Doyle’s classic work by Ken Ludwig. It is full of intrigue and laughs, as the male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and Holmes and Watson must work feverishly to crack the curse before it dooms the newest heir.

Ian Merrill Peakes (playing Holmes) and Bill Van Horn (playing Watson who is also directing the play), have the lead roles in the production. Peakes has performed in 124 professional stage productions in his acting career.

The other 40 characters in the show are portrayed by just three comedic actors: Dan Hodge, Jered McLenigan and Sarah Gliko.

The show is being performed Jan. 2-Feb. 4 at the Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3 stage in Philadelphia. The Walnut Street Theatre, founded in 1809, is America's oldest theatre and is also the Official State Theatre of Pennsylvania and a National Historic Landmark.

Tickets for the two performances are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, $21 for CSB/SJU faculty and staff, $15 for youth and students and $10 for CSB and SJU students.

For tickets, call the Benedicta Arts Center Box Office at 320-363-5777 or order online.

The play is sponsored by St. Cloud Orthopedics, Palmer Printing and Stinson Leonard Street.

The activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.