Opening night for "Watson: The Last Great Tale Of The Legendary Sherlock Holmes" on May 30 was attended by a small gathering of play enthusiasts. June 7 and 8 will be the next three performances of the Sherlock Holmes tale at the Delta Performing Arts Center at 822 Grand Ave. Two evening performances start at 7 p.m.; a matinee is scheduled Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m.
The opening night was the first of many plays to be offered by the AC Theater Group, which is already planning the next play for late August or early in September. "Watson: The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes" went off without any major problems with a cast of nine and was directed by Shaun Morgan, a teacher at Delta Middle School. The three main roles of the play were Watson, played by Stacy Healy, Sherlock Holmes by Bryce Heinecko and Professor James Moriarty by Shaun Morgan. I was amazed at the lines they had to memorize to do this play! Interaction of the players was wonderfully carried out without any errors that I noticed. The other cast members were Dana Blade playing two parts of Sigmund Freud and Queen Victoria, Karen Cline playing the part of Miss Irene Adler, Rhiannon Schroeder playing Mycroft Holmes and Audrey Herren playing Mary Morstan Watson. All these parts went off very well and again parts were not a problem.
All the actors participated in stage fights and use of props to help sell the story line. Madalyn Sandridge, Kylee Wilber and Audrey Herren were stagehands who played an interesting part of the play and story. Clever use of the props and stage crew went off perfectly. A bit of riding the train, a hot air balloon, a buggy and even horses were portrayed by using props and acting skills. At one point, one of the young actors even did three different characters in a dialogue with different voices and was accomplished with her changing hats.
With some former experience of acting but mostly with first-time performers, this play was far better than I thought it might be. Actually, for the first performance I was impressed by the acting, the lines memorized and the special effects created to carry out the play. I believe that the cast and crew pulled off a major accomplishment opening night and really show promise for plays to follow!
Please be aware that AC Theater is now a part of the Delta scene and we wish them well. We hope those of you who wish to act or have done some acting in your past will sign up to be a part of AC Theater. We would like to have a large number of people to be a part of one or more plays per year.
Board of Directors for Arts Coalition of Delta County