As the crowd starts to die down, the curtains draw out and sophomore Aayan Ali is in costume backstage waiting to act out his scene that he had been working on for months. After Ali’s performance, he is applauded by the crowd and bows with glee. With the success of their past plays like “Tom Jones” and “Eurydice”, Tompkins Theatre is now working on their new adaptation of the play, Baskerville. From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig, comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. After months in the making, The Tompkins Theatre Company proudly presents Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville.
“Students should attend this play because it is one that will insight curiosity while watching the play, give comedic relief to those who love a good comedy, and overall give students an amazing experience that they will enjoy and take with them as Sherlock and Watson’s journey through this head scratching adventure,” said Ali.
To fulfill these emotions, each student in the making of the play has to devote all of their efforts to make it unforgettable. Even if some students are not acting in the play, they still have a big part in the production of the play. For example, the set and items of the play are worked on by set, paint, fly and prop crews, who all must work hard, and with effort, to achieve the effective settings. Light and sound crews must work to create an appropriate atmosphere to get a better experience. They work outside and inside of school, having rehearsals and meeting daily depending on the schedule they are on.
“In the play, I am an actor that shows up as two characters, so rehearsals would be around two or three days a week, based on which scenes are being practiced and if I am in those certain scenes,” said Ali.
Their past plays have taken on the themes of romance, history and music but this is one of the few times that the Tompkins Theatre has done a play about a comedic mystery. For many students in the audience and in the play, it is a new experience. On the stage, actors must memorize their lines, block their movements, and develop their character to be well-remembered and enjoyable to watch. The character’s visuals are all efforts of makeup and costume crews, who brainstorm and develop perfect appearances for each character, and the marketing crew must promote plays with its promos and flyers.
“A play has many aspects that it needs to develop and grow in, in order to come together and form the performance you see on opening day. The managers and directors bring all of these aspects and crews together to show the audience a true work of art,” said Ali.
Baskerville will be available in the Tompkins Performing Arts Center, Feb. 6-8 and Feb. 13-15 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available online on www.tompkinstheatre.com Jan 23 and at the door for $12 for a student and $15 for an adult.