The Coshocton County Beacon November 22, 2017 - Page 26

26 THE BEACON NOVEMBER 22, 2017 Coshocton Footlight Players present murder mystery comedy By Beth Scott COSHOCTON – Christmas 1936. Th e renowned Broad- way actor famous for bringing Sherlock Holmes to the American stage, William Gillette has invited his fellow actors to gather at his infamous Connecticut castle for a festive Christmas meal. What the actors don’t know is that Gillette has also planned a séance with a theatre critic who is not too well liked. When the séance goes horribly wrong and someone at the castle ends up mur- dered, Gillette takes on the persona of his much-beloved Holmes character to try and solve the crime. “Th e Games Afoot” or “Holmes for the Holidays” will be a delight to audiences at the Triple Locks Th eatre this holiday season. Opening night is Friday, Dec. 1 and is complete with light refreshments beginning at 7 p.m. Curtain time will be at 8 p.m. Th e play will run Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and can be obtained by calling the box offi ce at 740-622-2959. “This is kind of like a Sherlock Holmes mystery without Sherlock Holmes being in the play.” - Mark Kitt el director “I think the interesting note here is that William Gillette was the fi rst person to bring Sherlock Holmes to the stages of America,” said Mark Kittel, director of the show. “Th is is kind of like a Sherlock Holmes mystery without Sherlock Holmes being in the play.” One of the actresses invited to Gillette’s castle, Madge, is being played by Cyndi Shutt, who has returned to the stage after a 20-year absence. “I’m loving it,” she said about her theatre comeback. “I took some time off to raise my children, but now they’re all grown up with lives of their own. It is a thrill to be here and with such a great cast, especially performing in a community that supports the arts.” Ho