What in the world is Bonnie Baracer doing with that mask on? Does she appear on stage in it? Find out, when VVTG’s An Evening with Sherlock Holmes opens Friday, Jan. 31 at the Mesquite Community Theatre, 150 N. Yucca St.; showtime is 7 p.m. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mrs. Hudson (Kathleen Bartley hands Sherlock (Travis Daigle) his violin while Dr. Watson (Chad Calmelat) looks on. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

An Evening with Sherlock Holmes, written by Jules Tasca and directed by Denis Feehan, opened Friday, Jan. 31 at the Mesquite Community Theatre, 150 N. Yucca St. with wonderful audiences and terrific performances by all.

An Evening with Sherlock Holmes has additional evening performances on Feb. 7, 8, 14 & 15 at 7 p.m. and one more matinee on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.; you don’t want to miss it.

The production is brought to you by the Virgin Valley Theatre Group (VVTG) in special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL.

The short stories, characters and wonderful design are brought to you by the many actors, director and crew members who have put in countless hours developing these three short adventures “to entertain you.”

All three acts have independent story lines, characters and each its own mystery to be solved by the super sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Travis Daigle) along with his trusty side kick, Dr. Watson (Chad Calmelat). Of course, Sherlock and Watson are always well tended to by their trusty housekeeper Ms. Hudson (Kathleen Bartley).

Past audience members will recognize the talented Daigle in his past rolls with the VVTG most recently last season as the adorable hero, Rick O’Shea in VVTG’s Trouble on the Train.  He was recently cast in the melodrama’s continuing story as the Villain; the complete opposite in character will be fun to see. For now, you can see him solve three cases in just one evening; the last case being his most challenging ever!

Calmelat is as charming as Dr. Watson as he could be, of course his vast experience with the VVTG has helped get him ready for the role of Sherlock’s trusty and loyal companion.

Newcomer, Kathleen Bartley who has brought the role of Mrs. Hudson to life, will delight you with her energy, talent and wonderful cockney accent; you won’t be able to tell if its real or not. The cast has loved having Bartley join them in this production.

Kelly Kumm is another newcomer to the VVTG; you’ll see him in two of the three acts playing the role of Sir Robert, a noble bachelor, in act one and in a juxtaposition role of Mr. Milverton, a scandalous black mailer in act two. Kelly has long time theater experience beginning in Jr. High School, but it’s been years; he’s happy to be returning to the stage in both challenging roles.

Sandee Trout will no doubt surprise and delight you; Trout was Donkey Shane, the donkey who stole the audiences’ hearts every time she appeared on stage in the VVTG’s melodrama, Trouble on the Train last season. Look for her; she will be playing the disappearing bride, Hatty Doran in act one.

Anybody who has any history with the VVTG will remember Hatty’s love interest Frank; he’s being played by Mark Guertin. Guertin stole the show in Anything Goes when he had a walk on role of a drunk and rocked the role; he’s been hooked on theater since then and has since played several characters. He played the part of Teddy, a crazy old coot, in Arsenic and Old Lace, his most recent role until now.

Who is that mystery woman (Francesca Gregersen)? Why is she interested in Mr. Milverton’s business practices and how does she handle it when she doesn’t quite like them? Find out, there are seven performances that will answer all your questions.

Miriam Samuels has delighted audiences in all past roles from Blythe Spirit to playing the lead in Audition for Murder. Playing a sleuth seems to agree with Samuels, in act one of An Evening with Sherlock Holmes, she’s taken on the role of Sherlock’s Scotland Yard contact, Inspector Lestrade.

Samuels counterpart and partner in crime solving was Teri Nehrenz who has been working hard to bring the final act and the character of Mrs. Meekly, both equally challenging, to life in the final act.

Nehrenz has a long history with the VVTG and has served in every capacity there is to serve in over the past 12 years. Having performed or directed several dozens of productions, Nehrenz found this role to be one of the most challenging because of the story line which includes the biggest mystery ever along with the most bizarre twist you could imagine; you’ll certainly want to see how Holmes solves this one.

In this mind-boggling play, Holmes must solve one of the existential mysteries.

With its theme of life and death, the great detective, the super sleuth of innumerable cases, must solve the riddle that has puzzled the most brilliant minds in history! How does a person cope with his or her own demise? Does Holmes solve this case? Yes and no. A not-to-be-missed climax!” (The Dramatic Publishing Company)

Additional cast and crew members include, Judy Kumm and Bonnie Baracer (attendants) Marnie Bartolini (Stage Manager), (Janet McDonald (costumes), Patty Ress Kelly, Craig Wilde & Denis Feehan (set design and construction), Patti Ress Kelly and Patti Bjornson (props)

Additional performances will be Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.

For ticket information go online to mctnv.com/tickets or you can purchase in person at the Mesquite Fine Arts Center, 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. or the Mesquite Community Theatre box office one hour before showtimes.