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Saturday, February 23, 2019


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Miss Sherlock Holmes (Nichole York, left) and Dr. Dorothy Watson (Sarah Duterte) talk to Inspector Lestrade (Michael Lavarnway) about a case in this scene from "Miss Holmes."

The 17-member cast of "Miss Holmes" is rehearsing for upcoming performances of this riveting murder mystery by Christopher M. Walsh based on two iconic characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a British author best known for his detective fiction featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Walsh, a Chicago-based actor and playwright for more than 20 years, wrote this two-act drama, which premiered in 2016 at the Lifeline Theatre where he is a member. He is also a member of the WildClaw Theatre, the Dramatists Guild and SAG-AFTRA.

The play takes place in 1881 in London in different locales, from a mental asylum to a back alley and 221B Baker Street. Miss Sherlock Holmes (Nikki York) meets Dr. Dorothy Watson (Sarah Duterte) for the first time as they begin working together to help Lizzie Chapman (Rachel Smith) a newlywed. She has come to them for help after receiving anonymous letters warning her that her life is in danger. Lizzie's husband, corrupt police inspector Thomas Chapman (Sean Bartlett) has two former wives that died under mysterious circumstances. The letters warn that Lizzie will be next. Joining forces with Holmes and Watson is Inspector Lestrade (Michael Lavarnway) who has his own suspicions about Chapman's past.

Holmes and Watson are on the case but have the added difficulty of overcoming attitudes toward them as Victorian women. People are shocked that Watson is an actual doctor and the pair aren't taken seriously until they outwit everyone in the room.

The script has all the plot twists that fans would expect in a Sherlock Holmes story with the addition of a contemporary look at gender politics in the 1880s and some fun interludes.

Other cast members are: Lilace Guignard as Eudora Featherstone, Tina Eyer as Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Astrid Hakvaag as Peggy, Titus Himmelberger as Myrcroft Holmes, Louie Preston as Michael Stamford, Don Bennelli as Edwin Greener, Brian Burket as Reginald, Deb Sawyer as Mrs. Hudson, Thomas Walrath as the Superintendent, Herb Johnson as Orderly 1 and Tom Reindi as Orderly 2.

Director is Gabe Hakvaag. Costumer is Cindy Evans who is also playing the role of Martha.

Performances of "Miss Holmes" will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, March 15 and 16 and March 22 and 23 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center, 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Admission for adults of all ages is $12 and $6 for youth, 18 and under. A $60 FlexPass for admission to six shows is also available. Purchase tickets online at the HG website at or via links to TicketLeap on HG's Facebook page or at the door. For more information, call 570-724-2079 or email

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