A Sherlock Holmes live radio mystery

Jennifer Simon in “Miracle on 34th Street,” a previous live radio show production from the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

Jennifer Simon in “Miracle on 34th Street,” a previous live radio show production from the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Courtesy

Published: 02-21-2024 3:38 PM

Modified: 02-22-2024 3:46 PM

The Winni Players Community Theatre’s tradition of presenting radio plays live on stage continues Feb. 22 ot 25 with “The Sherlock Mystery Radio Hour.” Audiences will visit the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in an event that Playhouse Artistic Director Timothy L’Ecuyer describes as, “an evening filled with suspense, deduction, and intrigue.” The Sherlock Mystery Radio Hour includes two radio-play adventures featuring the great detective himself: “The Case of the Haunted Chateau” and “The Case of the Iron Box.”

L’Ecuyer says that attending a live radio play is, “a bit like two simultaneous theatre experiences.” Audiences at this unique event get to watch as the actors produce a radio play before their eyes, complete with live foley sound effects, but also get to put themselves into the shoes of the listeners at home. They will, L’Ecuyer says, “get to travel back in time to an era when radio was king.”

The cast of The Sherlock Mystery Radio Hour is made up of local performers, some of whom are brand new to the Winni Players Community Theatre and some, like Jennifer Simon, who have been involved with the Winnipesaukee Playhouse for its entire two-decade existence. Simon was in the very first Winni Players production, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” 20 years ago. Since then, she has contributed to the theatre in multiple ways: as a stage manager for the Education Department, as a member of the box office staff, and most recently returning to the stage as a performer in “Miracle on 34th Street.”

The Sherlock Mystery Radio Hour is directed by radio play veterans Debbi Finkelstein and Sam Ducharme. Performances are Feb. 22 to 24 at 7:30 and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets and additional information can be found at winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling 603-279-0333. The production is sponsored by Birch Hill Bookkeeping and Consulting and the Platinum Group at RE/MAX Bayside.

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