Just one year after Seattle’s Taproot Theater was forced to cancel it’s performances of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol – the theater has brought back this amazing show. With the story of the delay in the show due to the Greenwood arsons – the Seattle community has had an outpouring of support for the Taproot Theater with packed houses night after night. The show is a combination of the story of Sherlock Holmes, mixed with the classic tale of a Christmas Carol.
Almost anyone can relate to the classic story of Christmas ghosts past, present, and future who give people a fresh outlook on the meaning of their own lives. For Sherlock Holmes, these ghosts haunt him with the vision of isolation and cold attention to facts and details. By demonstrating to Sherlock how he has detached himself from his friends, colleagues, and society – the ghosts teach him the valuable lesson of Christmas from Dickens to the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
The show takes place in Holmes house and office at 221B Baker Street after Sherlock Holmes has been presumed dead for three years. The new Sherlock is mean, nasty, and uncaring. The show is conceived by Longenbaugh from the concept that offers the joy of the classic story but with surprises thrown in. There are some great details of the life of Sherlock Holmes that really help to bring his life to the stage. Longenbaugh worked directly with the Taproot Theater for this production.
All of the cast of the original performance – ready in November 2009 before the tragic Greenwood arsons returned to the stage for this performance. This includes Terry Edward Moore as Sherlock Holmes and Stephen Grenley as Watson. Terry’s grouchy realism of Sherlock Holmes cool detachment and uncaring manner towards the community really sets the stage for the story of a Christmas Carol. Stephen’s interaction throughout the performance is a stunning display of American theater at its best. Amazing performances also include Pam Nolte, a founding member of Taproot Theatre who has performed in over 80 roles with the company since 1976 and Jesse Notehelfer who has coincidentally performed in It’s a Wonderful Life.
Full ticket information detail including prices as low as $20 matinees at the Taproot Theater website.