The plays of comedic mastermind Ken Ludwig have been audience favorites at The Great American Melodrama for years ("Lend Me a Tenor," "The Fox on the Fairway").

The Melodrama opens its 2018 season with Ken Ludwig’s comedy, "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery," a fast-paced adaptation of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic featuring a cast of five actors who bring the story to life. 

In the play, the male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their killer, Sherlock Holmes (Layne Roate) and Dr. Watson (Eb Madson) must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire?

Can our heroes discover the truth in time?

See how far from elementary the truth can be.

The cast also features Mia Mekjian, Eleise Moore and Nicholas Wilder taking on multiple roles.

Michael Jenkinson, former PCPA resident artist, directs.

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After each "Baskerville" performance is the brand new vaudeville revue "HGTVaudeville,"  a sendup of our need to spruce up our spaces and redesign our lives. It parodies home improvement shows, buying and selling of real estate, shiplap and exposed beams.

The revue is directed by Melodrama Artistic Director Dan Schultz and features musical direction by Sarah Wussow. Joining the acting company is Sydni Abenido.

"Baskerville: A Shelock Holmes Mystery" and the "HGTVaudeville" will be performed beginning Thursday through March 4. Showtimes are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. Tickets are $21 to $28, with discounts available for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Melodrama Box Office at 805-489-2499 or visit www.americanmelodrama.com.

The theater is located on Highway 1 in Oceano, just three miles south of Pismo Beach. 

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