Take three professional actors and Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale Hound of the Baskervilles and put them in a fast-paced adaptation that has them playing all the characters. The result is funny --and at times farcical and fanciful -- onstage entertainment to start the 34th summer of live theatre in Lincoln.
The North Country Center for the Arts began in 1986 and spent decades in their original “papermill” building before having to construct their current home as Jean’s Playhouse, where audiences enjoy the amenities of great seating and amazing stage views in air-conditioned comfort with full service beverage bar and an art gallery lobby. Not to mention a summer season set to unfold a stunning lineup of shows: Hound of the Baskervilles is followed by Titanic the Musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Fantasticks, and Almost, Maine.
Authors Steve Canny and John Nicholson unleash a cheeky take on The Hound of the Baskervilles fashioned as a well-played romp that is designed to be howling good fun for all. John Marshall as Sherlock Holmes, Christopher Sferra as Dr. Watson and Tyler Mell as Sir Charles Baskerville take on the mystery melodrama and twist it into a fun-filled farce. What began as the classic story of a hellish dog haunting an ancestral home adds tangos and saunas, tweets and twists as the three actors begin assuming the roles of every other character in this tilting and decidedly comic caper.
The Hound of the Baskervilles opens the 34th season on June 20 and runs through June 29, with performances Thurs-Sat. and a Wednesday matinee before these three talented actors join the large cast of the award-winning Titanic the Musical beginning July 11.
Titanic, by Maury Yeston and Peter Stone, like Baskerville tells a familiar story from a different perspective – in this case, with a moving and sweeping musical score and from the perspective of the characters who populated that majestic and fated ship. Look for some NH local actors among the large professional cast as Titanic performs through July 27.
August brings two more musicals to the Lincoln stage: Cinderella and The Fantasticks, both classics in their own right. Written originally for television, the Rodgers and Hammerstein score has delighted multiple generations who have seen everyone from Julie Andrews to Lesley Ann Warren to pop singer Brandy as the iconic Princess – or the animated Disney version and eventual Broadway production with Laura Osnes. August 1 to 17 only; followed by The Fantasticks beginning August 22.
The Fantasticks has the distinction of being the longest-running production in the history of American Theatre. The reason? Simply the delightful and wistful musical telling of boy and girl, neighbors and meddling parents, and the magic of love. “Try to Remember” if you’ve experienced the beauty of a story well-told, or come make those memories anew as these two productions make way for September and John Cariani’s Almost, Maine September 5-14.
More information is found at www.jeansplayhouse.com; 24-hour ticket availability online from the site allows you to choose your dates and seats from home and pick up your tickets prior to the performance. The Box Office can be reached by phone Wed.-Sat. at 603-745-2141.
North Country Center for the Arts at Jean’s Playhouse is located at 34 Papermill Drive in the heart of the White Mountains and receives additional support from sponsors, advertisers, and individual charitable gifts. Information available in the Theatre lobby.