Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol
by Laureen F. Guenther
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol opened at Rosebud Theatre, November 2, running until December 23.
With just-right period costumes and a nostalgically-heartwarming set, this play blends the classics of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Alfred Conan Doyle, and Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol.
Sherlock Holmes (Nathan Schmidt) has just returned from a few years spent hiding from the world, when even his best friends thought he was dead. He’s now fully alive but has none of his old interests. He shuns Dr. Watson (Peter Church) and his landlady Mrs. Hudson (Jeany Van Meltebeke). He won’t help the Baker Street Irregulars, the street boys who were always happy to run his errands. And he’s lost interest in solving the mysteries people bring to his door.
Now Holmes cares only about chemistry, and about what’s going on in the colorful flasks that hang over his study.
His friends’ feelings are hurt. They’re also worried about him. What did they do to deserve such treatment? And what will become of Sherlock Holmes?
As you’d guess, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future come to remind Holmes of the mistakes he’s made and is making, and they warn him how devastating his future could be. And, of course, Holmes starts the next morning as a new person.
Though we’ve been reading and watching The Christmas Carol for decades, this variation of the story is fresh and new. There are many hilarious moments, and Holmes’ relational crisis has a special pertinence in our modern era, especially at Christmas time.
As we live fast-paced, task-driven lives, and our relationships evolve and perhaps weaken due to dependence on technology, we may need the same reminders Holmes did: people around us have needs that only we can meet, and relationships must still be our priority.
If you like Sherlock Holmes, or you enjoy The Christmas Carol, or both, you’ll love seeing this show at Rosebud this Christmas.
I often hear people talk about the Rosebud experience, referring to the marvelous buffet, the friendly people and the beautiful and sheltered little valley, as well as the marvelous shows. I often enjoy all these rewards of visiting Rosebud.
The people of Rosebud took the Rosebud experience to a whole new level the night I saw Sherlock. I’d injured my foot and was on crutches. At dinner, the box office thoughtfully seated my companion and me as close as possible to the buffet line. For the show, they’d moved our seats next to the aisle, brought me a chair to prop my foot, and removed and returned my crutches at the beginning and end of the show. And they did it with the graciousness and cheer that Rosebud is famous for.
I hope you’ll get to see Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol this December, and that you’ll taste your own special slice of the Rosebud experience – preferably without an injured foot.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol is playing Wednesdays to Saturdays in Rosebud’s Opera House until December 23. Both matinees and evening performances include a buffet meal. Get tickets at rosebudtheatre.com or 1-800-267-7553.