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WGTD Radio Theater bringing Sherlock Holmes to Southwest Library

WGTD Radio Theater bringing Sherlock Holmes to Southwest Library

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The award-winning WGTD Radio Theater, now in its 15th season, will broadcast an original episode called “The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Murder of Professor Jeremy Clarkson,” Saturday morning (June 22) in the Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.

The free performance starts at 11:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

This new radio drama, based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was written and produced by Steven Brown and Michael Ullstrup, both of Salem Lakes. Rene Bushelle is directing the show.

“The Murder of Professor Jeremy Clarkson” will “transport the listening audience through an intricate, well-designed web of clues,” Brown said. “This road map of clues will be drawn by Sherlock, landlady Mrs. Hudson, the dangerous and unpredictable Professor James Moriarty, Dr. John Watson and, finally, by British Prime Minister Eloise Bannister.”

The actors — from the WGTD Radio Theater’s 91.1 Players — are Julie Burton, Rene Bushelle, Viki DuMez (playing Mrs. Hudson), Todd Eaves (as Dr. John Watson), Brett Houdek (as young Mycroft Holmes), Jill Jensen (as Prime Minister Bannister), Gary Lien (as young Sherlock), Andrew Potter (as Sherlock Holmes), Larry Rowe (as Inspector Lestrade), Ann-Marie Schmid (as Mary Morstan), Cameron Spencer (as Professor Moriarty), Peyton Spencer (as Charlotte Holmes) and Joe Van Hulle (as Mycroft Holmes).

The fictional Sherlock Holmes character has always been intriguing to co-producer and co-writer Brown.

“Part of what makes Sherlock so intriguing and captivating in our original script is the way the Sherlock Holmes character himself is written,” Brown said. “Our adaptation allows for Holmes to not only be heard as the adult Sherlock, but also as ‘young Sherlock.’

“Sherlock Holmes has been described, by those who have analyzed the writings of Conan Doyle, as mechanical and machine-like. Our Sherlock Holmes places pure, cold reason above all else; he is straightforward to the point of being unapologetically blunt and often rude, rational with no care for emotion, and oftentimes unaware of all social cues.”

Winning awards

The WGTD Radio Theater has once again received recognition from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, winning two first-place awards and one second-place award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

The first-place awards were for Best Significant Community Impact for “The Kane Shadow: Sayonara My Friends” the Story of Word War II Japanese Americans in Delavan, and Best Live On-Site Broadcast for “The Kane Shadow: The Louis ‘Gas’ Derler Murder Mystery.” That show was broadcast from the Towne Square Bar in Trevor, where the murder took place in 1930.

The second-place award was for Best Use of Audio for the show “The Stage Door Canteen.”

Saturday’s program will air on WGTD FM-91.1 in Kenosha and Racine, 101.7-FM in Elkhorn and FM-103.3 in Lake Geneva. The program will also be streamed live online at WGTD.org, and also on either an iPhone or Android “app” at WGTD FM.

Note: Audience members should arrive at the Southwest Library 30 minutes before the live broadcast, which begins at 11:15 a.m.

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