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Flat River Players presents Hound of the Baskervilles

The old and noble Baskerville family is threatened by a curse:  “A great, black beast, shaped like a hound, yet larger than any hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon” terrorizes and kills any family member who comes to live at Baskerville Hall.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, is one of the most famous mysteries ever written. The Flat River Community Players are proud to bring the theatrical version, adapted by Tim Kelly, to the Greenville Area Community Center stage.

As the story opens, the hound seems to have claimed his latest victim, Sir Charles Baskerville. Sir Charles’ nephew, Sir Henry (Brandon Rieckhoff), is poised to take up residence at the estate. A friend of the family, Lady Agatha Mortimer (Barb Headley), has called upon the one person who can stop the beast from striking again.

Into this atmosphere of lonely moors, ancient secrets, deadly threats and ghostly apparitions, comes the supremely rational Sherlock Holmes (Ryan Garlick) along with his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson (Dennis Hess). While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the Hound terrorizes the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts (Kim Joki, Karen Moon, Tim Addis, Kendra Moon, Adam Lindemier and Whitney Stek).

First time director Pat Cradit has read everything Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has ever written, so she leaped at the opportunity to bring her vision to life.  “This script was to be done in modern times. I read it and immediately said, ‘No way.’ Part of the mystique of Holmes is that whole turn-of-the-century English thing. I’m very proud that my cast has risen to the occasion and delivered beautifully.”

Performances of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” are scheduled for October 15-17 and 22-23. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students 18 and under, and $10 for seniors 60 and over. Call (616) 754-8207 to order tickets with VISA or Mastercard, or stop by the GACC Monday through Friday during regular business hours to pick up tickets in person. For more information, visit the Players’ website at http://www.frcp.orgwww.frcp.org

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