Producing a script like Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure for older audiences is an exhilarating opportunity for NCT, according to a news release. The theatre embraces the chance to stretch boundaries and give this absorbing tale to both family and adult audiences.
NCT producing director Scot Copeland directs the production. “I’m a big Holmes fan,” says Copeland. “In looking for a Sherlock Holmes play to kick off our season I read every script I could find. When I came across Steven Dietz’, it was no question that I’d found the right one. I love it because it’s an update of one of the most popular plays ever in American theatre history – Sherlock Holmes written by William Gillette in 1899. ”
While this script clearly introduces a change of pace for NCT due to its two-hour length and older audience, it easily fits with the theatre’s diverse season of shows, according to the news release. The play’s obvious literary connection and high caliber storytelling provide the landmarks that lead to a stunning NCT production.
The cast features David Compton as world-famous Sherlock Holmes, Matthew Carlton as Dr. Watson, Bobby Wyckoff as Holmes’ nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, and Marin Miller as the mysterious Irene Adler. Rounding out the cast are Samuel Whited III, Jamie Farmer, Christopher Bosen, and Steven Berryessa.
Scenic design is by Scott Boyd, costume design by Patricia Taber, and lighting design by Scott Leathers.
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
Sept. 13 – Oct. 7, 2012
For families and youth age 10 and up
By Steven Dietz
Based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
At the height of his powers, Sherlock Holmes has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case of blackmail pits the world’s greatest detective and his brave friend, Dr. Watson, in a struggle to the death with Professor James Moriarty – the Napoleon of Crime! This entertaining and thrilling theatrical exploit has everything Holmes fans hope for; danger, mystery, humor, twists, turns and…romance? The game is afoot!
• This script has been performed all over the country, but this is the first time it’s been produced by a Theatre for Young Audiences.
• This is the first NCT production for actors Matthew Carlton, Christopher Bosen and Steven Berryessa.
• This is the first time NCT has produced a 2-hour play.
• Playwright Steven Dietz’s work will also be seen at NCT this spring when the theatre produces Go, Dog. Go!, adapted by Dietz and his wife Allison Gregory from the popular children’s early reading book.
Tickets can be purchased online at nashvillect.org or by phone at 615-252-4675.
• Youth (up to age 17) and Senior (age 65 and up): $12
• Adult: $19
• Groups of ten or more: $11/person
• Preview performance: $6/youth and $12/adult (see below)
• Preview Performance: Thursday, Sept 13 at 6:30 pm – NCT offers a preview
performance of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. This performance has discounted pricing of $6/youth and $12/adult and senior, and is open to the public.
• Opening Saturday: Saturday, Sept 15 – Prior to the 2 pm performance on this day, NCT hosts special show related activities. These activities are free.
• After-words: Saturday, Sept 22 – After the 2 pm performance, we invite the audience to enjoy a Q & A with the cast and some of the show’s technical staff to learn more about the show’s creation.
• Open Captioning: Saturday, Sept 29 – The 2 pm performance will offer open captioning for patrons who are hard of hearing.
Subscriptions for 2012-13 are currently on sale. NCT offers subscriptions consisting of three or more shows. Patrons can choose how many tickets they want for each individual show in their subscription, giving families the freedom to customize their ticket needs based on the ages and interests of their children.
Subscribers receive great benefits such as:
• Additional tickets at a discounted rate of $12 throughout the 2012-13 season
• Free ticket exchange within the run of a show
• Early-bird registration and a 10% savings on all NCT 2012-13 drama classes and camps
*Photo by Colin Peterson courtesy Nashville Children’s Theatre.