Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas classic mash up is a hit

Pam Nolte and Terry Edward Moore. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

After a sold out run in 2010, Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle has brought back the play, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” to its’ main stage, playing now until December 29, 2012.

Written by Seattleite John Longenbaugh, this production is the perfect mash up of Charles Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol” and the traditional interpretation of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this story, Sherlock takes the role of Scrooge and some of the more popular characters from the Holmes stories take the place of Scrooge’s family and friends.

Aaron Lamb and Terry Edward Moore. 
Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

The story takes place in 1894 on Christmas Eve, of course. Holmes had been missing for three years and was presumed to be dead. But while he is very much alive, his drive and zest for life has been sucked out of him. Just like “Carol,” Holmes is visited by three spirits who help him to see life in a different way. The material remains faithful to both story genres.

Terry Edward Moore revives his role as Sherlock Holmes along with Stephen Grenley as Watson. Also in the cast are Aaron Lamb, Pam Nolte, Ryan Childers, Ricky Coates, Alyssa Kay and Parker Matthews. Except for Moore, each actor plays multiple roles. Each does a fine job, but as you can imagine, it really comes down to how believable the Holmes’ character is. Moore does an incredible job.

Terry Edward Moore and Stephen Grenley.
Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

The set for this production is probably the best of the season. A third of the stage is set up to represent Holmes’ flat realistically while the rest of the stage has the look of a black and white illustration from a book. Very cleverly designed. The special effects are also very good.

The bottom line is this: If you are a fan of both Scrooge and Sherlock, you will enjoy this production. The material is “safe” for the whole family; however, younger children will find the play difficult to sit through.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” plays Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Taproot Theatre located at 204 North 85th Street in Seattle. Tickets range from $22-$37 and discounts are available for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling 206.781.9707 or by clicking on this link. Originally posted on

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting! This sounds like fun! I love Sherlock Holmes and I love A Christmas Carol. Sounds like I shouldn't miss this!


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