Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig is not your average murder mystery where you get to piece together the clues and try to guess whodunit. It's a little more imaginative than that. You may find yourself losing track of who's killing off the male Baskerville heirs because you're too busy laughing. So, whodunit? Is it a savage wolf on the desolate moors, or something more sinister? This is a case for Sherlock Holmes and the trusty Watson who's put on the firing line to track for clues on the desolate moors.
Directors Kaela Gray and Katie Grace flaunt their creative talent and zany sense of humour with a well=selected cast and crew. Their collaborative efforts have resulted in a creative production with an imaginative use of props, sound and lighting that will keep you amused and entertained from beginning to end.
It may take a few moments to warm up to Baskerville as the initial impression of the minimalistic set does not appear to promise much of a show. However, what Baskerville lacks in visual presentation, it makes up for in an abundance of quirky props, awesome costumes and eerie lighting and sounds that create just the right ambience to draw you in and keep you mesmerised. The simplicity of the scene and location changes are well executed, allowing the imagination to bask in the cleverness of each innovative concept.
What I really enjoyed about Baskerville were the special touches such as the illusions created when the characters were travelling on the train, outdoors on the moors battling a windstorm. The slow-motion fight scene was hilarious; the fall from a cliff, the jab of cupid's arrow, the glow in the dark wolf, and many more little surprises that kept you entertained throughout. The multiple accents that portrayed the array of characters popping on and off the stage were impressive. Cassie Baan was hilarious playing the dual roles of Mrs Barrymore and the German woman, and maybe a few other roles. Her facial expressions, body movements and accents were priceless. Adam Hellier who played Sherlock Holmes and Cassia Rosenstraus-Krojs who played Watson gave fine performances, as did Lia Hope, as Beryl, George Pulley as Baskerville and Alex Breen as Mortimer.
All cast are to be commended. It certainly came across that they were having as much fun as the audience. Each actor worked hard and appeared to jump seamlessly in and out of costumes to change characters at what seemed like the drop of a hat. Credit to all the crew as well for making a complex production with so many characters and costume changes look simple. There was no doubt a marvellous backstage crew who made the magic happen. The audience certainly showed their appreciation.
Baskerville is such a fun play that would appeal to young and not so young. I recommend bringing a group of your friends to experience something quite different. Seeing actors live on stage, connecting with an audience, is very special. You never know, you might just catch the theatre bug. Book early as seating is limited.
Spotlight Theatre is set up in dinner theatre style allowing you to sit at a table and enjoy a drink and snack whilst being entertained. It is a licensed venue offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and even a blanket to wrap around yourself if you find yourself getting chilly in the theatre.
Sherlock Holmes: Adam Hellier Dr John Watson: Cassia Rosenstraus-Krojs
Dr Mortimer & others: Alex Breen Sir Henry Baskerville: George Pulley
Mrs Barrymore & others: Cassie Baan
Beryl Stapleton: Lia Hope
Cartwright: Carol Lange
Daisy: Chris Drummond
Milker & others: Harmony Baldan-Vine