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'Sherlock Holmes' meets 'A Christmas Carol'

Playwright John Longenbaugh's 2010 yuletide play — "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol" — sets our great detective in a literary mashup of Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens.

It's Christmas Eve 1894 at 221B Baker Street, where a hardened Holmes resurfaces after being presumed dead for three years. Mysteriously, he turns a cold shoulder toward his friends. That evening, he is visited by the ghost of Professor Moriarity, who was a criminal mastermind and Holmes' greatest archenemy. Moriarity heralds the visit of three unexpected callers who will share clues from the detective's past, present and future. Can they save Holmes from his dire end?

"It's a completely different take on a story that we know well," says Bob Herried, director of Camelot Theatre's holiday production. "It's well-written and well-constructed."

The show will preview Thursday, Dec. 5, open Friday, Dec. 6, and run through Sunday, Dec. 29, at the theater, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 5-7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. After opening weekend, shows will be set for 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, also 2 p.m. Sundays.

Preview tickets cost $12, and a pay-what-you-can show will be offered at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. A Christmas Eve matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.

All other tickets cost $25; $23 for seniors and students (except Sunday matinees). Reserved seats are available for an additional $2 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.camelottheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances.

This full-length play by Longenbaugh premiered at Seattle's Taproot Theatre. It was produced by Portland's Artist Repertory Theatre in 2011 and 2012.

Portland Stage Reviews' Fadah Wolf wrote that " "¦ the audience was on its feet, filled with an abundance of Christmas cheer, all howling out for more from the cast."

Paul R. Jones, Roy Von Rains Jr. and Presila Quinby play the roles of Holmes, Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson, respectively, in the Camelot production.

The remaining cast features nine actors — Ric Hagerman, Stephanie Jones, William King, Buzz London, Preston Mead, Brian O'Connor, Barbara Rains, Grant Shepherd and Barry Weidrich — playing multiple parts.

Herried's directing credits include "An American Daughter" and "Steel Magnolias" at Camelot and "The Great Ameican Western" at Randall Theatre.

Don Zastoupil designed the set, lighting is by Tatiana Watkins and costumes are by Michael Leon. O'Connor designed sound and video for the show.

'Sherlock Holmes' meets 'A Christmas Carol'