HIGHLANDS, NJ – For their annual middle school play, Henry Hudson Regional School will present Sherlock’s First Adventure, April 2-5 in the school’s auditorium. The play, by award-winning playwright Craig Sodaro, is a two-act mystery-comedy inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic character, Sherlock Holmes. The story introduces us to a young Holmes, who, along with his friend John Watson, unravels his first real case while still a student at a Victorian-era London boarding school. “The setting for the play actually reflects the times in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived,” said theater teacher and director Maureen Sweeney. “Along with our Art Director, Patricia Elliott and our Set Construction Director, Jeffrey Frankenburg, we have been lucky to have the generous assistance of parents who have helped to create great costumes and sets that really reflect the period,” she added.
The production features the Junior Admiral Players – a cast of 22, all 7th and 8th graders at Henry Hudson. “It really is a wonderfully talented group of students,” she said. “Many of them also were a part of the holiday production of Scrooge last December.”
Sherlock’s First Adventure will run Wednesday through Saturday, April 2-5, at Henry Hudson Regional School, 1 Grand Tour, Highlands. All performances begin at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door, and are $7 general admission, and $5 for students/seniors. On Wednesday, all tickets are just $5. Light dessert refreshments will be available.
Although considered classic since the late 1800s, the crime-solving tales of Sherlock Holmes have experienced a resurgence of interest in the last few years, in part due to the popularity of the BBC’s hit series Sherlock, on air in the US on PBS Online. The show has just been renewed for a fourth season.
For more information, visit the school’s website, at www.hhrs.us or call HHRS at 732-872-0900.