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“The Hound of the Baskervilles” Will Have You Howling

Press Releases - August 27, 2012





The hilariously entertaining makeover of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, runs August 28–September 1 at The Barnstormers. It’s the final play of their 82nd season.

True to the original story, Sherlock Holmes is brought in to investigate a murder at Baskerville Hall, where a family is rumored to be cursed by a supernatural hound that has been killing the male Baskerville heirs for centuries. Full of both verbal and physical ingenuity, this comedic version takes off at high speed and doesn’t rest until the final curtain. Three actors play 16 roles filled with brilliant dialog and physical comedy.  “Unfailingly hilarious,” said The Guardian.

“Like ‘The 39 Steps,’ this is a dazzling comedic adaptation of a classic suspense thriller,” said Artistic Director Bob Shea. “Filled with brilliant dialog and slapstick humor, ‘The Hound’ is a well-crafted script that appeals to all ages. It makes for one of live theatre’s great family outings.”

Doug Shapiro, Bill Mootos and Graciany Miranda play the 16 roles, ranging from Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to the goofy butler and deep-voiced senorita. Their use of props and accents and their quick change of personas make this production a howling success.

Located in the historic village of Tamworth, The Barnstormers Theatre is the only professional summer theatre in the world that still adheres to the tradition of mounting eight plays in eight weeks in July and August. Founded in 1931, the theatre is air-conditioned with tiered, comfortable seating and an updated hearing assistance loop. One of New Hampshire’s three Equity theaters, actors from the across the country join the established company each week for the best of American and British theatre.

For tickets and more information, visit www.barnstormerstheatre.org  or call 323-8500.

The Gallery, located at 188 Highland Street in Plymouth, is the perfect venue for showing off such “farmy” work. Since 2006, Janice Maves, the owner of the gallery, has worked to promote local artists and American craftspeople in the converted barn and adjacent wood shed. Members’ work for the current show includes photographs, mixed media, watercolors, acrylics and oils, and fiber all with a farm theme. A new print, by Paulette Brace of Campton, depicts a rooster in all his finery. Another original print may be familiar to some members of the local Plymouth community, “Huckins Barn” by Annette Mitchell, shows a tractor at rest in its barn, and is the print which adorns the cover of this years Local Goods Guide for the Plymouth area. Each of these prints evokes an emotional attachment to the history and culture of our farm community.

“The photography in the show is really extraordinary,” Maves said recently.  A wonderful example is “I See the Divine in You” by Susi Richardson.  Perhaps a descendent of the cows that once grazed on Highland Street and came home to the barn at Red Gate, this beauty truly looks right through you. Other works include collage by Donna Catanzaro, assemblages by Elizabeth D’Amico, paintings by Maryellen Sakura and fiber art by Zrinka Orr.

The NH Women’s Caucus for Art is part of a national organization that promotes the advancement of women in the visual arts through educational programs, networking and exhibition opportunities.

WCA is a national organization for artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals, which creates community through art, education, and social activism. The New Hampshire chapter promotes advancement of women in the visual arts through professional networking, educational programs, and exhibition opportunities. To learn more about WCA/NH visit www.wcanh.org. 

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