OSWEGO, NY – In October oneâ€™s thoughts turn to fall weather, changing colors, and in the theatre, mysteries.
With Halloween coming up, the Oswego Players production of â€œHound of the Baskervilles,â€ written by Tim Kelly and directed by Troy Pepper, fills the bill perfectly.
â€œHoundâ€ has been thrilling readers and theatre audiences since 1902, when it was first serialized in â€œThe Strand,â€ its many incarnations since then.
Playing the part of Lady Agatha Mortimer is Kelly Mahan.Â The part was originally written as a male, Dr. Mortimer, friend and executor to the Baskerville family.
Mahan has extensive experience on stage with both the Players and Oswego Childrenâ€™s Theatre. She has had a very busy life with husband, Peter (Sherlock Holmes in this production) for 25 years, and homeschooling their 4 children. She now enjoys baking, contra dancing, church activities, reading quilting and, of course, theatre.
Norman Berlin III, a local favorite, will play the part of the sinister, Jack, in the show. Berlin has been on the theatre scene since 2002. Since then, he has participated in more than 70 productions with the Oswego Childrenâ€™s Theatre and Oswego Players. He is anxious to direct for Players and has fulfilled all the requirements, except turning 18 and directing a one-act.
Berlin is a senior at Oswego High School and looking forward to college.
Erin Chetney, who plays Perkins, the maid, began her theatre career early by playing a role in â€œCheaper by the Dozenâ€ when she was 5.
She has been seen in OHS productions, â€œThe Phantom of the Tollbooth,â€ and as Puck in â€œA Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream,â€ as well as SUNY Oswegoâ€™s â€œThe Secret Garden.â€
Chetney is a sophomore at OHS and enjoys singing, acting and traveling.
Other cast members include: Peter Mahan, D. J. Russell, Bobby Fontana, Tammy Wilkinson, Beverly Murtha, Steve Standish, Quinn Etchie, and Ken Snow.
â€œThe Hound of the Baskervillesâ€ will be playing in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre in the Fort Ontario Arts Complex on Oct. 8 and 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.
There will be a matinee on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices are: Adults – $10; Seniors – $8; Students – $7.
Reservations may be made by calling the Players Box Office at 315-343-5138.