JCCT presents “The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays”


Enjoy this holiday season with Jackson County Community Theatre’s premiere of the holiday-themed mystery “The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays” by playwright Ken Ludwig.

Show dates will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown.

This play follows Broadway star William Gillette in December 1936. Admired the world over for his leading role in the play “Sherlock Holmes,” he has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry.

But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumed the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

Jeremy Hendrix will fill the lead role as William Gillette, aka Sherlock Holmes. The rest of the acting troupe is played by Rieder MacDonald, Curtis Nowling, Steph Estes and Rebecca Hendrix. The members of William’s acting troupe take on new roles as they attempt to solve the crime in this fast-paced comedy.

Other cast members are MaryAnna Garrett as Inspector Harriet Goring, Olivia Nguyen as Martha Gillette, William’s mother, and Stacey Williams as Daria Chase, the glamorous but acerbic theater critic.

The show is directed by Larry Hartley with Andy Dick as production manager and Lucy Horton as assistant director. Joe Bradley, Joe Reynolds and Joel McGill are constructing the set. Amanda Dick is costumer, and Paul Angle is in charge of lighting. Brinna Sharp is production assistant.

Ludwig’s comedies have been entertaining JCCT fans for many years, beginning with “Leading Ladies” in 2008 and to be presented again in the spring of 2024. More recently, “Moon Over Buffalo,” “The Gods of Comedy” and “Baskerville” have shown why one critic named Ken Ludwig “America’s preeminent comic playwright.”

Tickets are available online through jcct.org or at Artistic Impressions in Seymour and Ewing Unique Boutique in Brownstown. Phone orders may be made at 812-358-5228.

Adult tickets are $15. Student and senior tickets are $12.

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