This past weekend, Kelly and cast, performed their play titled…Sherlock Holmes. Kelly auditioned for a part back in September and was thrilled when she was cast as Maggie Baskerville. They have been practicing every day since the auditions and this past week, leading up to the performance, they stayed late each night to perfect it all. It’s a very time consuming activity but Kelly loves every minute of it!
There were four performances of the play…Thursday & Friday night and then two on Saturday..one matinee and one evening. Nate and I went on opening night and the place was full. Kelly said they were a bit nervous but everyone did a wonderful job and didn’t appear nervous at all. True actors and actresses. It wouldn’t be opening night without a few butterflies in the tummy. On Friday night, Kelly’s religion teacher went to see her and presented her with flowers after the show. So sweet!
Kelly had two parts in the play. Maggie Baskerville and a Londoner. The Londoner’s were basically “extra’s” that wander the streets. They sang a song to start off the show and Kelly and few others, were asked to play an instrument. Being a percussionist, she played the bass drum & tambourine dressed in her gown. ha~
It wouldn’t be a play without drama on the set. Two days before the opening, Sherlock sprained his ankle while on the set. He had to use crutches the next couple of days to get around. The quick-witted director, Mrs. Stead, had to figure out a way to incorporate this into the show. She found a cane and decided Sherlock would have a bit of a limp. Worked out great and he was able to continue on with the show.
Kelly’s character of Maggie, comes in towards the end of the show. She needs to see Sherlock Holmes because she knows her brother is going to be killed by a gigantic ghost hound because he received a letter that day telling him this. Hence, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. She does a great job crying on stage, but said it wasn’t easy at first because the other character of Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock’s housekeeper (played by a boy) is so hilarious, that she would start laughing during her crying scene. He puts his arm around her and ushers her off while consoling her tears. Kelly would laugh into his arm during practices. Makes me laugh just thinking about it.
After their final performance last night, the entire cast got together for a cast party. Dr. Watson and his family were kind enough to host this party at their house. They had snacks, played ping-pong, random games, and just hung out for the night. A great ending to a fabulous play and all of their hard work.