Theatre Department Presents Satirical Sherlock Holmes

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MISHAWAKA–– Bethel University’s Theater Department is putting on a production Nov. 4-6 in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel titled “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” This production is a spoof of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock mystery, “The Hound of Baskervilles.” 

According to Deb Swerman, director of acting, the show is strange and keeps a quick pace.  

“[It’s] a really odd rendition, a comedic, fast-moving rendition,” Swerman said. 

Don Hunter, production manager, was essential for the production of the show. Hunter’s brother, Zac Hunter, a Bethel alumnus, works at the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis and has been the main contact for the design of the set, despite the long distance. 

The show only has five actors in total, with three of the actors playing multiple roles. Swerman said this created a good challenge for cast members, as some of the costume changes happen in 15 seconds or less, and some even happen in front of the audience. 

“It’s made everyone have to work together,” Swerman said. 

The students were hands-on and and the entire department contributed to the show, as students showed up on the weekends to set up. 

“Ultimately, it’s fast moving, it’s funny, and will appeal to our audience of many ages,” Swerman said. “[It has] lots of dialects, so don’t blink, you might miss something!”

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