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April 25, 2013

Holmes and Watson time travel, unravel mystery

Pioneer Drama Troupe to perform ‘Holmes’ drama at Old Goshen Theater.

GOSHEN — This weekend mystery, time travel and plenty of laughs will be on display at the Goshen Theater downtown.

The homeschool group Pioneer Drama Troupe will be performing “The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes” Friday, Saturday and Sunday

According to director Paige Kemper, the play features a young Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. John Watson who are hired by H.G. Wells to find a lost manuscript.

While working on the case, the detective pair discovers Wells’ time machine and they are transported to modern day England where the building now houses patients who believe they are historical figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Tarzan, Dracula and George Washington.

Through the course of trying to find their way back to 1886 the pair must find the manuscript and solve a murder.

Andy Williams, 17, of Pierceton, who plays Watson, says the show is different.

“They get transported through time and then dumped in modern day so it’s a little different,” he said. “(Watson) is a little confused, a little mixed up.”

Williams said he and Holmes’ actor, Tyler Kemper, 18, are basing the way they play the characters on the 2011 film “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows” with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. as Watson and Holmes, respectively.

“But with more raw energy because they’re younger,” Williams said.

Tyler Kemper says the relationship between Holmes and his sidekick is one of the driving points of the show.

“The biggest thing it plays on is the whole Holmes and Watson dynamic, you can’t have one without the other,” he said. “Holmes is extreme one way and Watson is there to balance him out.”

The time travel element adds a unique twist to the show.

“It’s really fun because Holmes and Watson aren’t from this time so you can look at something and be like ‘What’s this?’ and make fun of it,” he said.

The show will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and cost $3 for children 10 and under and $5 for 10 and older.

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