Spotlight Players Theatre Troupe will bring a spectacle to Puyallup with the production of “Sherlock Holmes: A Drama in Four Acts.”
Viewers can anticipate “suspense, comedy and unexpected heart,” Director DeAna Crosson said.
“The love story will pull on your heart strings, and the power struggle between Holmes and Moriarty will have you on the edge of your seat,” Crosson said.
Besides Nathan Ellis and Paul Russell, most of the actors for the production are new to Spotlight.
“We have a female Watson, and she and Sherlock have a sort of brother-sister dynamic,” Crosson said.
The actors range in age from 16 to 40, with the exception of one part that is played by a 13-year-old.
While many of the roles are played by older actors, Spotlight adheres to a Code of Conduct that encourages a safe and friendly environment for all ages.
Interest for producing a Sherlock Holmes play was expressed outside of Spotlight by a local Sherlock Holmes society. Crosson said Spotlight was happy to put on the show.
“I personally am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes,” she said. “Both the books and the BBC series.”
Spotlight is part of Valley Arts United. It originally was known as the Christ Episcopal Church Opera Groupe of downtown Puyallup’s Christ Episcopal Church, but the group left the church in 1996 to form a nonprofit.
Valley Arts United was established after the group elected board members and constructed bylaws.
Spotlight also is involved in the community through high school arts events, donating and providing scholarships to high school graduates who pursue degrees in theatre studies.
The organization has been involved at the Arts in the Park summer event, the Karshner Museum Family Days, and the junior and high school arts exhibits at the Washington State Fair.
The group will volunteer its services for its third season as house manager and crew for the monthly live performances of Northwest Sinfonietta at Pioneer Park Pavilion. The sinfonietta is a chamber orchestra that performs live in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup.
The Sherlock Holmes production will take place in the indoor auditorium at the Meridian Community Center, across from the Walgreens at 144th Street and Meridian Street.
The building is being rented by the group while it works to explore fundraising opportunities to eventually purchase land and build a theater.
“Puyallup is the only town of its size in the state of Washington without a community theater building,” Crosson said.
General ticket prices are $16. Senior citizens and students through high school pay $13. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the door.
Sherlock Holmes, one of the three annual plays Spotlight has produced this year, will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5.Elsy Pawelak is a freelance reporter for the Herald.