The Grant Union drama club delighted audiences last week with the production of “Young Sherlock” on the school stage.
There were 24 actors cast in the play, written by Craig Sodaro and directed by Julie Reynolds.
The two-act play, with a total of six scenes, had many lines for some of the actors and more than 40 exits and entrances.
A few of the actors ended up on crutches, with one main player in a wheelchair — from real-life accidents.
“It wasn’t the easiest play, but in following through and following up with it, it was one of the best things that young actors can to do — to meet the challenge of doing something that is hard,” Reynolds said.
Senior Trejan Speth was cast as main character Sherlock Holmes, attending Butterworth Academy in London, set in 1885, along with his friend John Watson, played by Nick Springer.
“Trejan was not only an important part of the play, but a leader in practice and helpfulness,” Reynolds said. “He was always there.”
She said she enjoyed the way the characters played off one another, including head mistress Miss Butterworth (Heather Mosley) and clairvoyant Madame Lulu (Ginni Frazier), the cook (Maggie Justice) and maid (Annie Wall), as well as Constable Bing (James Mabe) and deputy (Mindy Teague), and she said Ellie Justice, cast as Larry Lestrade, performed with excellent elocution.
The 24 actors in grades 7-12 unfolded the mystery with a surprise ending and lots of laughter along the way.
“I was proud of all the kids,” Reynolds said.
Proceeds support the club’s March 23-24 trip to the Shakespearean Festival in Ashland.
Next up for the club will be back-to-back one-act plays, one with junior high members and the other with high school members.