Jefferson Davis Players to present “The Hound of the Baskervilles”

From left, Chris Smith as Watson and Sean Brunson as Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” The Jefferson Davis Players will present the play on February 19-23 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jefferson Davis Campus Arena Theatre.

From left, Chris Smith as Watson and Sean Brunson as Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” The Jefferson Davis Players will present the play on February 19-23 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jefferson Davis Campus Arena Theatre.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jefferson Davis Players will present “The Hound of the Baskervilles” on February 19-23 in the Jefferson Davis Campus Arena Theatre.   Curtain will be at 7:30 p.m. on February 19-22 and at 2 p.m. on February 23.

The famous mystery, which is written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, focuses on Sherlock Holmes’s investigation of a monstrous beast terrorizing the moors.  Originally adapted for theater by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, the story gets a gloriously daft and hilarious makeover from hit comedy team Peepolykus.  They have taken all the familiar elements of the tale, and – through an exhilarating collision of anarchic verbal slapstick, absurd scenarios and wonderfully ridiculous comic performances – have created a sublimely funny adaptation of Doyle’s classic.

Cast members are Sean Brunson as Sherlock Holmes, Stapleton, Mrs. Stapleton, Barrymore, Mrs. Barrymore, Hermit and Yokel 3; Chris Smith as Watson and Yokel 1; and Ian Phillips as Henry Baskerville, Charles Baskerville, Yokel 2, Wise Yokel, Mortimer and Cabbie.  The technical staff includes Ryan Pierini, director; Kenny Yocom, scene shop foreman; Ariel McClendon, stage manager; Summerlin LaCour, assistant stage manager; Erika Ritter, costume design; Brock Fuller, light board operator; and Mekaylah Donaldson, sound board operator.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students.  The play is recommended for ages 13 and up.  Seating is limited, so reservations are suggested.  For more information or reservations, call 228.897.3931.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.