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Published 10:28 am Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jason Howland, left as Dr. Watson, listens to David Behling, as Sherlock Holmes. The mystery “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” opens Thursday at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. --Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune

A tale of murder and mystery will be sure to test the detective skills of the audience members during the latest production by Albert Lea Community Theatre.

Opening Thursday is “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure.” The show is directed by Jerry Girton, who retired in 2011 from a long run as theater director at Riverland Community College. After auditions in early January, the cast and crew got right to work on Jan. 5.

“They’ve worked really hard,” Girton said.

Albert Lea’s David Behling plays Sherlock Holmes in the lastest production of Albert Lea Community Theatre.

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The show is the second of ACT’s 2012-13 season. It was adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Scandal in Bohemia” from 1899. The play won the 2007 Edgar Award for best mystery play. It follows the great detective Sherlock Holmes, who while seemingly close to the end of his career, is presented with a case he can’t refuse.

“It’s really good,” Girton said. “We’ve got a lot of good actors.”

The relatively small cast of nine includes David Behling as Sherlock Holmes and Jason Howland as Dr. Watson. Girton said the two actors are on stage for much of the show, which lasts about an hour and 45 minutes.

Girton said audiences will love the mystery of the show, which follows the iconic figure of Sherlock Holmes. The director also said it’s a family show or it would make a great date, which is fitting since it opens on Valentine’s Day.

The show is the first Girton has directed at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. Girton said though he thought it was time to retire from teaching at Riverland — and producing four shows a year — that he didn’t want to leave theater completely.

Jason Howland portrays Dr. Watson in the latest production at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. The show opens Thursday.

“It’s exciting to go to a different place,” Girton said.

The show opens Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday, as well as Feb. 20, 21, 22 and 23. All showings are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877-730-3144 or at or at the box office.


If you go

What: ACT’s production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show continues next week with performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 21, 22 and 23.

Where: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center at 147 N. Broadway

How much: Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.


Cast list

Character – Played by

Sherlock Holmes – David Behling

Dr. Watson – Jason Howland

Professor Moriarty – Josh Ausen

King of Bohemia – Mark Place

Irene Adler – Raquel Hellman

James Larrabee – Mike Comptom

Madge Larrabee – Kristan Dye

Sid Prince – Alex Dietrich Johnson

Postboy/Policeman – Connor Larson


Kris Bartley, Steve Kinney, Crystal Schatz, Brian Mattson, John Szymanowski, Karen Szymanowski, Sue Runden and Kathy Brekke.