Mystery was in the air at this year’s fall drama production of “Sherlock Holmes.” The show featured a large cast with students from St. Thomas and its three sister schools, St. Agnes Academy, Duchesne Academy and Incarnate Word Academy all participating.
The story centered on the dastardly plans of the criminal lord of London Professor James Moriarty, played by senior Wayne Babineaux to extort a young woman play and simultaneously dispose of his arch nemesis, the detective Sherlock Holmes, played by senior Joseph Kulbeth.
The play was a remarkable battle between the wits of these two characters who always seemed equally matched.
“ [Kulbeth] and Wayne brought forth incredible strong characters and the performance of both of them was exquisite” English teacher and director Dan Green said.
This was Kulbeth’s his first major role in a St. Thomas production, a very impressive accomplishment considering this was only his second production with the theater program. He brought forth an incredible Sherlock aided by a equally splendid sidekick John Watson performed by senior Thomas Quintero
“[Kulbeth] was very impressive. All in all, I think he did very well and I’m very pleased with the way it turned out.”
-Travis Carroll, Actor (Travis Carroll)
Bringing forth these complex characters proved harder than it seemed, but the actors managed to pull them off with a dramatic success.
Supporting actors such as seniors James Furrh, Seth Dalton, Adrian Fonseca and Griffin DeClaire as well as sister school students such as Incarnate Word’s Becca Bujnoch and Duchesne’s Alex Miller held make the performance excellent.
Technically, the play was a masterpiece thanks to the efforts of set designers Steve Green ‘68 and Math Specialist Steven Fuchs who devised and constructed a three part 360 degree rotating set, which stunned audiences with its quick and dramatic transformation of the entire stage, making the fullest usage of the limited stage space available. This was further complemented by the efforts of the rest of the set crew who devised new and more innovative ways of integrating lighting and sound into the performance.
“They made each scene stand out.” Green said. “At one point it looked like a Rembrandt painting.”
The particular play was a change of pace for the drama program who had grown accustomed to producing musicals or comedies for the past five productions.
“It was definitely a challenge doing a serious drama as opposed to a comedy or a musical, it had a different impact on cast moral.”
-Wayne Babineaux, Actor (James Moriarty)
The community loved the production, with crowds flocking to see each of its three performances, Green attributes this to the play. However, it was not as easy as it seems to produce such an excellent quality play of this size.
“It was an interesting challenge to take this script that had moments of brilliance but also moments that were a bit ruff and needed tweaking.” Green said. “It was interesting to take the script and try to make it work.”