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Hutton’s Hamlet Summer Series Takes On Holmes

The Hound of the Baskervilles is next on the summer production schedule at Hutton’s Hamlet Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, featuring a cast of kids from throughout the Central Valley.

Show times are Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick, Dr. John Watson, have left on an extended vacation in Europe; leaving their nieces, Shirley Holmes and Jennie Watson, to keep an eye on the famous flat at 221B Baker Street. Shirley, studying logic, and Jennie, studying medicine, are busy preparing for exams when there’s a knock on the door. It’s Dr. Maxine Mortimer and Sir Henry Baskerville, who have come to seek the assistance of Holmes, for Sir Charles Baskerville has died a mysterious death.

Is he the most recent victim of the curse of the Baskervilles – a curse linked to the nightmarish tales of a supernatural hound that haunts the murky moors of Devonshire? And Sir Henry, the only surviving heir to the Baskerville legacy, has been threatened with his life. Something must be done … but there’s no time to recall Holmes and Watson from their trip.

“We’re all you’ve got,” Shirley tells Sir Henry, with Jennie chiming in: “We’re up to the challenge.”

Then Shirley and Jennie follow the trail of evidence and intrigue against a backdrop of wailing hounds, thundering hooves, and the slithering mists of the moor until, at last, they are confronted by the ravenous hound itself.

The show is the fourth of the summer series staged at Hutton’s Hamlet. For tickets or more information, call 209-848-1216. The Performing Arts Center is at 132 W. G St., Oakdale.