Sherlock Holmes Is On the Case

Enid Stoner (Madison Siedschlag) is a young woman understandably upset over the death of her sister. When the curtain rises on Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Speckled Band, she is sobbing. Enter her stepfather, Dr. Grimesby Rylott (David Heisler), who will not stand for her behavior: “Oh! For God’s sake, stop your sniveling!” he tells Enid. “Have I not enough to worry me without that?”

As the Tudor House Theatre cast rehearsed on a recent evening, Director Jeff Heisler watched closely, taking notes. As the coroner’s inquest into Violet Stoner’s death proceeded, the director stopped the action, giving several actors a few notes about their blocking and speed of delivery.

Heisler credits his wife and assistant director, Gaye, with helping him run the rehearsals well.

“I was lucky to get the best actors on the mountain,” he said, “and keeping them all plugged in, getting along and no one stealing the show has been the challenge. If I didn’t have Gaye with me, it would be much, much harder. I’m lucky she shares my passion!”

While Sherlock Holmes’ faithful companion Dr. Watson (Phil Simmons) appears in Act I, the sleuth himself (Richard Lavin) does not enter the action until Act II.

How did Violet Stoner die? Was it of natural causes? Was it an accident? Was she murdered?

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on the case. Never fear — by the end of this drama, which will have the audience on the edges of their seats, all will be revealed.

First written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1892 as a short story — one of four Sherlock Holmes’ stories that can be classified as a “locked room mystery” — Doyle later wrote a play based upon the story. It premiered at the Adelphi Theatre in London on June 4, 1910.

Also appearing in this production, which will be staged on June 9, 10, 16 and 17, are Edward “Wolf” Auer, Armand LeSage, Nancy Loesch, Alan McNeil, Stan Sorensen, Jennifer Celise, Gaye Heisler and Ryan Dufford.

For more information and to reserve tickets, call (909) 336-5000 or visit Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner with the show at 7 p.m. The Tudor House is located at 800 Arrowhead Villa Road in Lake Arrowhead.