Olympic Theater Arts brings live performances to life with ‘Dr. Watson’s Workshop ‘by invitation only
SEQUIM – Olympic Theater Arts is relaunching live, invitation-only performances this month.
The Arts Center at 414 N. Sequim Ave. is hosting the first performance of âDr. Watson’s Workshopâ in June with extremely limited seating to accommodate members and returning season ticket holders in June.
The performances are intended to thank supporters of the OTA community who have purchased season tickets and season tickets despite the uncertainties and performance limitations of the pandemic, OTA Executive Director Ginny Holladay said.
“We look forward to welcoming our supporters inside the theater,” she said.
âDr. Watson’s Workshopâ was adapted from the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Steve Rodeman, a Sherlock Holmes fan and OTA volunteer.
Due to COVID protocols, actors will wear masks and maintain social distancing, so the presentation will be a staged reading of the new play.
Members of the public will also be masked and distanced in accordance with state requirements for venues.
âSteve has prepared this new piece exclusively for OTA and it’s always a pleasure to be the first to see a new piece of work,â Holladay said.
âDr. Watson’s Workshopâ features actors and a director leading a workshop to develop a new work based on Watson’s memoir. The character of Watson is also present, played by Rodeman, who also took on the role of director. play scene.
The play is set in London in 1920, alongside the return to theater following the last great pandemic (commonly known as the âSpanish fluâ).
âThe play was presented with various actors in roles to allow for wide participation, since everyone is locked in and waiting to exercise their creative muscles,â Rodeman said.
âWhile variations on the character and stories of Holmes were made, I wanted to focus on Dr. Watson’s role in their relationship,â he added.
“These stories were selected to highlight how Holmes worked with Watson and how Watson contributed beyond just chronicling their adventures.”
The production closes OTA’s free “Old Time Radio / Video Show” season, which was adopted as an alternative to a conventional season during the pandemic.
Previous performances of the season have been filmed and broadcast on the OTA website to engage the creative theater community in a safe way.
For more information, call the OTA during box office hours 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at 360-683-7326 or visit the website at https: // olympic theatrearts.org/OTA.