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The Hound of the Baskervilles on Seaside Summer Stage

July 16, 2013 by Marla Burns

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, will come to life at The Seaside Repertory Theatre’s main stage this summer. The REP takes on this classic story and gives it a delightfully funny, tongue-in-cheek makeover. The show opens on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through August 3.

This is not your typically dark version of a Sherlock Holmes story with drama, intrigue and fearful suspense. Although the REP's interpretation does involve a healthy dose of intrigue, Brook Stetler, Executive Director of the Seaside REP says "people are more likely to fall out of their seats doubled up in laughter than riveted in suspense."

Director of the play, Scott Stackhouse states “The Hound of the Baskervilles, created by the comedic touring company, Peepolykus, is a hilarious tour-de-force for three actors that conjures up memories of Airplane!, The Honeymooners and all the foundational comic geniuses such as Monty Python, Abbott & Costello and the Marx Brothers. It’s a ghost story fed on a steady diet of farce, slapstick and deadpan one-liners certain to tickle the funny bone at a furious pace!”

According to the ghostly legend, over 200 years ago, Hugo Baskerville was so enamored with the daughter of a local farmer, he abducted her and held her captive. When she escaped from imprisonment, it infuriated Baskerville so much that he offered his soul to the devil if he could find and recapture her. He pursued the girl and later, she and Baskerville were found dead, she from fright and he from a wound inflicted by a giant, menacing hound that vanished into the night.

The REP's comedic adaptation begins when Sir Charles Baskerville (played by Kyle Walter) is found dead on his estate with a look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body. The great detective Sherlock Holmes (played by Brook Stetler) is summoned from Baker Street, with Doctor Watson (played by Alan Daugherty) in tow, and the game is afoot as the duo unravel the mysteries surrounding the death and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

The speed of the costume and set changes rivals only the delivery of the witty dialogue and physical dexterity of the actors.

Tickets to The Hound of the Baskervilles are $30 and can be purchased at Amavida Coffee, online at www.seasiderep.org, or by calling 850-231-0733. The REP is located at 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside.

There will be an opening night pre-party at Pizitz Home and Cottage in Seaside. Opening night is June 13 at 7:30 p.m., and the pre-party starts at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary bites and champagne at Pizitz will kickoff the summer season of the REP. And, after the show keep the party going at SoWal.com partner Crush wine bar in Seaside for a meet and greet with the actors and crew.

Stick around on Friday and Saturday nights for Late Night Improv following the show.

Want to become a member of the Seaside Repertory Theatre? Find out about membership, volunteering and other ways to get involved with Northwest Florida's premiere professional theater at SeasideRep.org.

About the Seaside Repertory Theatre

The Seaside Repertory Theatre engages, entertains and inspires people of all ages with innovative theatrical performances that offer fresh perspectives into the human condition, educational programs that promote an early and life-long appreciation for the arts, and outreach initiatives that benefit our diverse and growing community.  Based in the beautiful 30A corridor, the Rep seeks to be the premier theatre organization in Northwest Florida inspiring our permanent residential population as well as our many visitors from all over North America and beyond. For information and tickets, visit www.seasiderep.org.

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