Around the Hood: Raven’s Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose returns for a fifth year, under a new director

Michael Menendian, co-Artistic Director of Raven Theatre and co-author (with John Weagly) of the script, has announced Rachel Edwards Harvith will direct Raven’s dramatization with music of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s only Sherlock Holmes mystery set around the holidays. The play, based on Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”, follows Holmes’ investigation into the disappearance of a precious gem owned by a countess and its reappearance in the cooked holiday goose of an ordinary Londoner.

Harvith directed the acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins for Kokandy Productions in 2014. Leading her Sherlock cast as the famous detective will be Jeff Meyer who played The Proprietor in that production and has also appeared in Les Misérables at Paramount Theatre and Flight by Kokandy Productions. Holmes’ friend and compatriot Dr. Watson will be played by Darren Hill, who took the role in Raven’s 2013 production of the mystery and was recently seen in TUTA’s Music Hall. Also in the cast are Neala Barron, Tommy Bullington, Conor Clark, Jazmin Corona, Lisa Herceg, Sophia Menendian, Daniel Toot and David Weiss.

Harvith brings some artists new to Raven for her production team. The new team includes Andrew Sickel (musical director), Mike Ford (choreographer), Alaina Moore (costume designer), Brandon Wardell (set and lighting designer), Johnny Buranosky (properties design and set dressing), Megan Gallagher (stage manager), Justin Castellano (master electrician) and Conor Clark (technical director).

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose, which Menendian and Weagly originally created as a staged radio play for the 2011 holiday season, has grown into one of the Chicago area’s favorite holiday attractions. Performances will continue through New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and the first weekend of the New Year.

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[ From Raven’s 2013 production. L-R: Tyler Rich, Darren Hill and Dan Toot.  Photo by Dean La Prairie. ]

Tickets are $24.00 for the general public and $19.00 for students, seniors and active military. There is a $2.00 discount per ticket on tickets purchased online at Tickets may also be ordered by phone at 773-338-2177.

Raven Theatre is located at 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. There are a limited number of free parking spaces available in the parking lot adjacent to the theatre, and free on-street parking is available nearby.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
Adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly from an original story by Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith
Music Direction by Andrew Sickel
Choreography by Mike Ford
December 9, 2015 – January 3, 2016

All performances on Raven’s East Stage
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville), Chicago

Nearest El station Granville Red Line, Buses: #21 (Clark), #36 (Broadway), #151 (Sheridan), #155 (Devon), #64 (Peterson).

Previews Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 pm. All seats $14.00 ($12.00 if ordered online)

Opening Night Friday, December 11 at 7:30 pm

Regular run performance dates/times, General admission $24.00, seniors/students $19.00. $2.00 discount for tickets ordered online.

Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 19 at 5:00 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm
Saturday, December 26 at 5:00 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 27 at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm
Tuesday, December 29 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 31 at 5:00 pm
Friday, January 1 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 2 at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 3 at 3:00 pm

Raven’s 33rd season will open with Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys by Mark Stein, running September 16 through November 14 in Raven’s East Stage.

The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew will play on Raven’s intimate West Stage from October 21 – November 28.

The season will continue in January with the Midwest premiere of Horton Foote’s The Old Friends from January 27 – March 26, 2016, followed by William Inge’s A Loss of Roses from February 17 – April 2, 2016.

The season will conclude with The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare, playing April 20 – June 18, 2016.

The theatre’s productions are staged in the two-stage theater building it owns at 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Edgewater Glen neighborhood.

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