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Battle Ground High School drama puts comedic spin on Sherlock Holmes

The Columbian
Published: March 27, 2022, 5:36am

BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground High School drama students recently presented their take on “Baskerville,” a Ken Ludwig comedy loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mystery “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

Students originally planned to put the play on in January, but a spike in COVID cases caused by the omicron variant made them press pause. While the delay was disappointing, students said they also appreciated the extra time to prepare.

The play featured a unique cast, putting students in roles regardless of gender, with both Holmes and Watson having been played by young women.

Freshman Tahlia Maya played Watson, who essentially acts as the show’s narrator. “In my scenes, we stuck pretty closely to the script, but we did get to play around a bit with the tone and the emotion of the moment, which was cool because it helped make the show different every performance.”

Sets were relatively sparse, often containing just a few pieces of furniture. Meaning that the students behind the scenes controlling the lighting and sound played an integral role in helping to bring the stage to life.

The play was a rousing success, and the students are already looking forward to getting back on stage together in whatever production comes next.