Baskerville Trivia Fun

“Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” is based on the novel ” The Hound of the Baskervilles”…..but did you know  that in “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, Sherlock Holmes is a zombie?

It’s true…..sort of.

Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle kills off his famous detective at the end of the short story “The Final Problem,” published in 1894. Conan Doyle resented the fact that demands for his Holmes stories were overwhelming all of his other, more serious, writing projects. So Conan Doyle killed off Holmes by throwing his character into a waterfall with his archenemy Doctor Moriarty. And then he got down to the business of writing novels hardly anyone reads today. While Conan Doyle may have regarded the Holmes stories as trashy fiction, he had to admit that they paid well. Everybody wanted to read about Sherlock Holmes. So in 1901, Conan Doyle brushed off his detective’s old pipe and magnifying glass and produced another Holmes story: the novel-length “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. He published it first in chapters for the Strand Magazine and then as a book in 1902.

The reason we say that Holmes is a zombie in this novel is not because he has an uncontrollable desire for brains. But “The Hound of the Baskervilles” came out seven years after Conan Doyle killed off Holmes, and four years before Conan Doyle officially brought Holmes back to life, in The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905). So, like any good zombie, the Holmes in “Baskervilles” is both alive and dead: alive because the novel is set before his official “death” in 1894, and dead because the book came out before Conan Doyle committed to bringing Holmes back permanently.

Remember to keep up with all the Longwood Theatre action and prepare for our production of “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” coming this Spring!

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We are Back and Ready to Go!

We are back! We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday break and that you were able to spend time with family and friends despite the safety restrictions.

We hope you were able to see and enjoy our online virtual performance last fall of “She Kills Monsters”. Many of you will recall we we’re planning to perform “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” when the pandemic hit hard last Spring. Well we are in the process of putting it all together to present to you as an online virtual performance this Spring! The show is all cast and the backstage work is being done for expected viewing dates in April.

“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” is a play by American playwright Ken Ludwig. It premiered in Washington, D.C. in January 2015. The play is a humorous adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 novel The Hound of the Baskervilles featuring over forty characters played by five actors. Follow this blog and our social media ( Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to stay in the know about what’s happening in Longwood Theatre!

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Enjoy a little impromptu lip-syncing by the Longwood Theatre Department.

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Our First Ever Virtual Show is Done!

Longwood Theatre’s first ever completely virtual performance, “She Kills Monsters: virtual realms” by Qui Nguyen, is now one for the history books! This was a bold new step for everyone in the department and all the students and faculty took the challenge head on with much success!

Hopefully you got the chance to enjoy this free performance! The actors and crew did a phenomenal job , and while we may nave had a few computer glitches at the “opening”, everything ended up working just fine.

Thank you to all of who watched the performance and for your continued support of Longwood theatre!

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The Freshman Class Monologues!

Please be advised before viewing; some subject matter and language are for those 18 and older.

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Listen to Our Cast *LIVE* on the Radio

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Check out these AWESOME ads!

Longwood theatre’s production of “She Kills Monsters: virtual realms” by Qui Nguyen will be available to watch in just TWO WEEKS!

So the students in the show made some really cool teaser ads to temp you.

Check ’em out on our Longwood Theatre YouTube channel here.

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Longwood’s New APO members!

  • Congratulations to the new Alpha Psi Omega members! We are so happy that you are officially apart of the theatre brotherhood!
    To learn more about APO, check their Instagram page here.
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Let’s Take a Look at Lighting!

Today we chat with Ethan Miller;            co-lighting designer for our upcoming show “She Kills Monsters; Virtual Realms” by Qui Nguyen.

Q- Tell us a little about yourself?

A-I’m a third year BA theatre student and study lighting.

Q- This show is unlike a normal performance. What were some of the difficulties?

A- Working with the webcams the actors had and how light shows up on their end when we see the show.

Q- Not being able to go to the actors location, how was getting the lighting handled?

A- The actors were given a kit. In this kit were three little flexible lamps with colored filters. The we helped them set them up by a live Zoom meeting where we gave them directions.

Q- What made you interested in lighting?

A- The story telling element that lighting brings to a show and the use of lighting as an atmospheric effect. Also, lights are cool!

Q- What are you plans after you graduate?

A- I how to work for a theatre company starting as an electrician and working my way up to design.

Q- What do you hope people take away after viewing this performance?

A- That theatre is still living. It’s still alive!

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Meet Meg, a Performer in Our Upcoming Show

Today we present a blog interview with a Longwood Theatre freshman Meg Daniel. “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms” by Qui Nguyen is her first Longwood show.

Q-Tell us a little about yourself?

A-I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. In high school I did two shows but this is my first big role. I went to Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, but grew up in Chesterfield. I have worked with Chris Klinger and now get to work with his wife Professor Lacy Klinger, the director.

Q- What got you interested in theatre?

A- My fourth grade teacher told be about a director friend and I said “I want to be in a movie.”. She then told me about a production of Annie, I got a part and played an orphan. I’ve been hooked ever since!

Q- How is this production different for others you’ve done?

A-The experience itself. The cast, Professor Klinger, working with Matt Howard. We wasted so much time in high school during rehearsals and I’ve had a great time. If I have a bad day, I go to rehearsal and I feel SO much better. It makes me happy. One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as an actor. I love it a lot.

Q-Why did you choose Longwood?

A- Honestly because of Dr. Scarrow. I didn’t want to come here at first, but then I came for new Lancer Days and met Dr. Scarrow with my parents. Once I left that day it hit me, this is where I need to go. My Dad said the same thing.

Q- What’s the one thing you hope people who see the show take away from the performance?

A- I want everyone to take away the fun. We’re not going through easy time right now and even though there’s sad things in the show I want them to laugh and enjoy it. Cause we need that. Let’s have some fun!

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