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It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, 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. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
The Game’s Afoot will be performed at the Von Braun Center Playhouse on Sep 9, 10, 11 and 16 & 17 @ 7:30 p.m. and Sep 11 & 17 @ 2 p.m.
DIRECTOR – Josh Phillips
Josh is a 2013 graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a BMA in Music and Theatre. In 2014 he spent a year serving as the directing intern for New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi. He has also directed shows for the summerstock company Trumpet in the Land and the Whiskey House Theatre in Chicago. Some favorite shows he has directed are Betrayal, Dublin Carol, Stick Fly, Winnie the Pooh, and the premier of Up in the Air. He has been seen on stage in Theatre Huntsville’s The Importance of Being Earnest as Algernon and Rumors as Officer Welch. Josh has had a blast directing and creating with this wonderful cast and crew.
GILLETTE/SHERLOCK : Christopher Kelly Carter
Christopher is an Aries that lives in Five Points with a pug and a Hungarian. He has been involved with community theatre for over twenty years. He was most recently seen on the Theatre Huntsville stage as Inspector Blore in And Then There Were None, Kevin in Superior Donuts, Arnold Wiggins in The Boys Next Door, and Harmony in Daddy’s Dyin’…Who’s Got The Will? In his spare time, he caffeinates Huntsville as a supervisor at Starbucks. Big thanks to Josh, Tara, cast and crew for the opportunity and all the laughs. And lots of love to his BEYOND supportive parents. But mostly, the love of his life, Jorgie: “thanks for allowing me to continue to pursue this little hobby and for loving me unconditionally.”
FELIX/MORIARTY – George Kobler
Loathe as George is to write about himself in the third person, detesting these autobiographical précis in your program, he will say that he is chuffed to bits to appear in Theatre Huntsville’s The Game’s Afoot. Previous stage manifestations include, among others, Arthur in Superior Donuts and Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind for TH, Victor Fleming in Moonlight and Magnolias, Thomas in Venus in Fur, both with Alabama Creative Artists, MacBeth in that one Shakespeare play that nobody wants to talk about, Edgar/Tom Bedlam in King Lear, and Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew, all with Renaissance Theatre. George is a high-functioning misanthrope who folks, particularly theatre directors, apparently believe enjoys getting slapped by comely women on stage.
MADGE / MARIAN – Lorie Hubscher
Lorie is very happy to be working with TH again after many years. She is an award winning actor and director having worked with TH on productions such as Terra Nova, Inherit the Wind, Philadelphia Story, and Angels in America. Lorie has worked onstage and backstage with Fantasy Playhouse, IMP, Rocket City Shakespeare and Ars Nova among others. During the day, Lorie works for the Huntsville Madison County Public Library. “A huge thank you to my husband and kids for all of their love and support!”
AGGIE / ALICE – Heidi Crane
Heidi is thrilled to make her Theater Huntsville debut with the cast and crew of The Game’s Afoot! She recently moved to the area after completing a Masters of Music in Voice Performance at The University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. Her diverse theater experience includes roles such as Ann Page in the opera The Merry Wives of Windsor, Chick Boyle in Crimes of the Heart, and Abigail Williams in The Crucible. Most recently she performed in Mary Poppins with Independent Musical Productions. This season she will be working on multiple film engagements in Atlanta, Georgia, and will continue performing in the area. Heidi teaches voice, piano, guitar, and performance technique in and around Huntsville. She would like to thank he husband, Drew, for his endless love and support
SIMON / ZERLINSKY – John Coleman
This is John Coleman’s first show with Theatre Hunstville and he could not be more excited. His recent theatre credits include Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Deep South in Pageant. John is thrilled to finally be in a show which doesn’t require him to wear high heels. He enjoys long walks through autumn orchards and cuddling up in his forest green Snuggie listening to Barry Manilow records and drinking hot cocoa.
DARIA – Claire Crenshaw
Claire is ecstatic to be playing Daria in her second Theatre Huntsville production. Over the summer, she performed in Rocket City Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing and Theatre Huntsville’s Rumors. Daria is her current favorite role, along with playing mouth in Samuel Beckett’s Not I (UAH). She would like to thank her parents for their unconditional love and support.
INSPECTOR GORING – Jacinda Rose Swinehart
Jacinda has a BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a working actress for over a decade, with such companies as Playhouse Jr., The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, West Virginia Public Theatre, E&M Theatrical, Live Theatre Workshop, Studio Connections, and Arizona OnStage Promductions. She was a company member at both The Great American Playhouse in Oro Valley, Arizona and The Gaslight Theatre in Tucson, Arizona’s famous musical melodrama theatre, running for over 38 years. Jacinda was in The Music Man, starring Jeff Goldblum, which in turn, she can be seen in the film, Pittsburgh, a mockumentary about the business. She originated the role of “DeeDee” in The D* Word, a musical, written by Jeanie Linders, the creator of Menopause The Musical, in Orlando and alas Vegas and recorded the cast album. Jacinda and her lovely husband and daughter moved to Huntsville in January of this year! She was last seen in Theatre Huntsville’s production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, and Independent Musical Productions’ Mary Poppins! Jacinda is proud to announce that she is founding The Rocket City Sweethearts™, a girls’ trio, singing the fun and flirty tunes of the nifty 50’s and Super 60’s! Follow Jacinda Rose Swinehart on Facebook for more updates!
MARTHA – Cher Piette
“I felt it portentous that in this play my character’s dog’s name is Portia, since back in my youth I played the part of Portia, wife of Cassius, in the Shakespearian play Julius Caesar. This was in El Paso Community Theater, where I also had the honor of playing Honor in The Wager. I greatly enjoyed singing in the chorus of many a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. In Huntsville, after the kids were grown, I dabbled in Huntsville Community Chorus’ productions, such as the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 2001, and various singing melodramas, including the very first melodrama produced by HCCA, where I played Captain Lucy on a southern showboat. I am extremely excited to be joining Theatre Huntsville in the first play of the 2016-2017 season.”
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Tara Ferguson
Tara Ferguson jumped headfirst back into theatre last year when she took a role as a policewoman in Theatre Huntsville’s The Pirates of Penzance. Since then, she has stage managed Theatre Huntsville’s A Christmas Story, assistant stage managed Theatre Huntsville’s Superior Donuts, assistant directed and played a Catholic Inquisitor in the Evil Cheez production of Bluebeard, assistant directed Theatre Huntsville’s Rumors, and serves as Facilities Chair for the Theatre Huntsville board of directors. She would like to thank her amazing family for supporting her decision to pursue her life’s passion again, and to thank her good friend Josh for the opportunity to assistant direct this show and to learn from him, despite his insistence that she wear a funny hat. Tara’s next adventure will be co-director of Theatre Huntsville’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, fulfilling a life long dream to direct.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Kevin McDougal