The game was afoot at Glensheen Mansion as Dr. Rob Larson presented Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles as part of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Living Literature. The show ran from April third until the fifth. Inclement weather forced the production of the second night to be cancelled, and the guests were refunded their money. Although, Jane Pederson the event coordinator tried to revive the second night.
"There were just too many moving parts to put back into motion." Said Pederson.
After the main show, the guests were shown around the mansion for an abbreviated flashlight tour, treated to food, a bar serving wine and soda provided by Cash Wise Liquor, and a brief lecture on Doyle from American Literature professor Rochelle Zucker of UMD.
The capable cast was compiled of both independent actors as well as UMD and St. Scholastica students. Originally, director Dr. Larson was urged to try and use solely UMD students, but the majority that were cast had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. Therefore Dr. Larson recruited his own. The role of Holmes was played by Matt Downs who has been seen in productions such as, ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor.' Dr. Watson, Holmes' sidekick and in the Glensheen production the narrator, was played by St. Scholastica veteran actor Grant Hartman, who was recently in the College's version of Liar.
"It's a production based on good times and great people," said Hartman. "So it was great fun."
The remainder, though not lesser members, of the cast consisted of Evan Kelly the director of the Renegade Theater Company, Joslyn Michela Danielson a UMD theater major, and the debut of Rachel Avis Amereihn.
The play was done in the format of "stage reading." This is when the actors have their scripts before them in folders. There were 40 seats in all, and every one was filled each night of the performance. Tickets were priced at $35 dollars for regular adults, "friends of Glensheen" paid $30 dollars as did UMD students.
For further theater entertainment Dr. Larson will be stepping onto the stage himself in the Duluth Playhouse's production of ‘Other Desert Cities.' Opening night is May 29th at 7:30pm.