Grant County Community Theater Brings You Sherlock Holmes
"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" ~ Sherlock Holmes
Brit Connelly moved to Sheridan from New York.
Yes, New York where theater is the norm from Broadway to communities. And now she's discovered it in a small Southern town.
“Moving from another state, I was eager to find a way to make friends and be a part of the community,” Connelly said. “I have so enjoyed being a part of Grant County Theater and the many opportunities they have for you to be involved.”
This weekend, Connelly is a cast member “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” that starts Friday night at the Grant County Theater. The play highlights four classic Sherlock cases. Connelly plays two roles – Ryder and Mrs. Rucastle.
The play premieres Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at: www.gcctheater.org.
The schedule is:
Saturday, Nov. 11 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12 – 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 – 2 p.m.
In 2021 Grant County Theater relocated to a new home at 405 Grant 9 called Lancaster Hall, which was previously Sheridan First Christian Church.
The church donated the quaint building, which looks as if it should be on a vintage Christmas card, to the theater. The building was named for the Lancasters, a well-known family who has lived in Grant County for decades.
Community theater offers families a chance for entertainment in small-town Arkansas like Sheridan and a chance to visit with neighbors and friend. Theater also provide a creative outlet for local actors, costume designers and makeup artists.
“Community theatre is understood to contribute to the social capital of a community, insofar as it develops the skills, community spirit, and artistic sensibilities of those who participate, whether as producers or audience members,” a British scholar noted in a 2008 book on theater.
For Connelly, magic occurs in Lancaster Hall.
“Working with everyone on Sherlock Holmes has been an amazing experience,” Connelly said. "The hard work, long hours, and dedication by everyone shows. Theater is just what I have been looking for."
Jamie Babb Partain, the play's director, said that the cast has become like family.
“I enjoy the sense of 'family' you get when you do a show in local theater," Partain said. “There is an undeniable sense of camaraderie that goes with all of us working toward a common goal. That goal being, to rock the socks off our audience.”
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