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The Baskerville cast includes, from left to right, back row: David Stenstrom, Lanie Ringle and Lily Bouldin, Thomas Ingram and front row: Christian Englebrecht, Dave Faber, Adam Dyer and Jason Wheeler.

Who killed Sir Charles Baskerville? Is there any truth to the legend of a supernatural hound? This sounds like a case for the famous pipe smoking detective. Join Sherlock and Dr. Watson as they try to untangle a web of clues, disguises and deceit. Can they solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? Will it be elementary, Watson?


Tehachapi Community Theater Association proudly presents Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” at the historic BeeKay Theater.

Ask David Stenstrom what he’s always wanted to direct, and his answer would be the next one. As it happens, the next one is “Baskerville,” a comedy based on one of Sherlock Holmes' greatest mysteries and his enthusiasm for the production is on full display as he oversees rehearsals at the BeeKay Theater. Whether he’s quoting Shakespeare or channeling a caveman storyteller, Stenstrom keeps his cast on track for the September season opener. From Missouri to Pine Mountain Club to Tehachapi, he brings 50 years of experience in stage, film and television.

This is round two for the director and here in his corner, once again, is assistant director Lisa Meridth. Her organizational skills are crazy good, and she is ensuring that all the pieces of this wonderful show fall into place. A stage production requires a team of dedicated volunteers, including audio/visual, costuming, and set design/construction.

Jason Wheeler is in nearly every scene playing Dr. Watson and as a seasoned actor he’s impressed with how much talent the newer actors are bringing to the stage.

Christian Engelbrecht plays the super sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

Versatile Lanie Ringle keeps up the pace with a multitude of character and scene changes. Baskerville features seven actors playing 40-plus characters, dozens of light and sound cues and a multimedia backdrop. Sound complicated?

Let Stenstrom narrow it down for you: “If you can get your audience to react, to laugh that’s everything. The story is everything.” Rounding out the talented cast and playing many roles are Adam Dyer, Dave Faber, Thomas Ingram and Lily Bouldin.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1, 7 and 8 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 2. Buy tickets online or at the box office. Get more info at tctonstage.com. Tickets for Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. are available through Bear Valley women’s club; contact Diana for more information at 805-552-6954.