“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” now playing

Sherlock Holmes Rosebud

The Rosebud Theatre Christmas production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” runs from November 2 to December 23.

The play itself was written by Seattle-based playwright John Logenbaugh and first performed in 2010.

The Rosebud Theatre Artistic Director is Morris Ertman.

A cast of 12 players present 27 characters, and the playwright himself suggests such multiplying of roles.

The title tells us something of what to expect. The first three lines catches one right up front with an indication of the wit and skill that will be carried on throughout the play:

WATSON: To Audience. “Moriarty was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Professor James Moriarty, the ‘Napoleon of Crime’, was as dead as a doornail at the time of this story, though the great detective Sherlock Holmes, my dearest friend, would fault that as an unnecessary metaphor and an inappropriate way to begin a narrative founded on fact.”

The writer did a fine job of intertwining the elements of these two classic stories or series of stories of Dicken’s “Christmas Carol” and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Three actors played only one role and would probably be considered the “stars”. Alphabetically is was Peter Church as Watson, Nathan Schmidt as Holmes, and Jeany Van Meltebeke as Mrs. Hudson.

The others, some as students and some as instructors may be known to the regular patrons to Rosebud.

The acting of course on the part of each one was fully “professional” and my usual observation is about how effective the slightest facial or hand motion seems to be perfected and communicates so much.

Director Morris Ertman in his introductory notes says in part: “I love this story because it blends the spiritual and the tangible, setting Sherlock Holmes on a journey that contradicts his carefully ordered and rationalized world. I love it because there is a reckoning from beyond this world that seeks to wrestle his soul free from the prison of his logic.” Morris goes on from here, but this I think does capture the “spirit” (pun intended) of the production and suggest what any audience member will value in the story and in the acting.