Past Productions by Astral Theatre Collective

2016

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“Sherlock Holmes and the

Beast of Whitechapel”

An All New Adventure by John Johnson, Lawrence Burgess, and Adam Stover

Based on the Public Domain Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It is  1895.  Four years after the famous dual at the Reichenbach Falls with Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes has returned to his Baker Street lodgings with Dr. John H. Watson to resume his life of fighting crime.  He soon finds himself embroiled within a case of intrigue that could truly bring the foundations of the British Empire to its knees. Along the way, Holmes encounters one of his greatest antagonists , Irene Adler, as well as a new adversary worthy of his attention. Will Holmes save the day?

Directed By Norman F. Clerc

  • Sherlock Holmes………….John Johnson
  • Irene Adler……………….Rachel Sanford
  • Dr. John Watson…………….Ronn Smith
  • Isabella Murray…………..Aubre Roberts
  • Mycroft Holmes……….Sean McCracken
  • Queen Victoria………………Kelly Strom
  • Inspector Lestrade………..Jim Williams
  • Lord Donelson …………..John Halstead
  • Mrs. Hudson……………..Nina Surbaugh

Our ensemble includes Norman Clerc, Gary Surbaugh, and Joseph McKinney.

 

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2017

“Carmilla”

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Based on the classic tale by J. Sheridan LeFanu, adapted anew by Adam Stover and John Johnson.

Produced by Adam Stover

Directed by John Johnson

Assistant Direction by Carrie McCracken

Eastern Europe, sometime in the past – A family finds themselves caring for a stranger.  She is young, she is beautiful.  Through her charms she befriends the daughter of the landowner.  But are they ready for the secret this stranger holds?  A tale of Gothic horror and suspense, this story was an inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

Cast

  • Carmilla……………………………………………………..Carrie Jo Rader
  • Laura……………………………………………………………..Amelia Engle
  • Father………………………………………………………………..Brian Kidd
  • Madame Perredon……………………………………..Nina Surbaugh
  • Mademoiselle de la Fontaine………………………Tish Maynard
  • Doctor…………………………………………………………Brian J. Hatcher
  • Baron Vordenberg…………………………………….Sean McCracken
  • General Spielsdorf……………………………………………..Ronn Smith
  • Peddler………………………………………………………Joseph McKinney

Lights by Casey Sundahl/ Sound by Carrie McCracken

Crew:  Cindy Morton, Sean Morton, Bryant Morton

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October 2017

“A Houdini Seance”

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A unique event sharing both magic and history with the audience, including the reenactment of a classic seance in honor of Harry Houdini.

  • Host……………………………………………………….Professor Sinister
  • The Fox Sisters……………Carrie Jo Rader and Amelia Engle
  • Radio Announcer…………………………………………….Brian Kidd
  • Reporter…………………………………………………….Nina Surbaugh
  • Martin Beck…………………………………………….Sean McCracken
  • Theo Hardeen…………………………………………………Ronn Smith
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle………………………………John Johnson
  • Lady Jean Conan Doyle………………………………Tish Maynard
  • Bess Houdini…………………………………………Carrie McCracken

 

Library Performances

February – April 2017

“An Evening in Baker Street”

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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, two old friends sitting by the fire talking over their great adventures together.

 

September 2017

“Tea with Jane Austen”

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Starring Rachel Sanford.  An intimate visit with one of English Literature’s greatest authors.  She shares passages from her novels as well as stories of her life beyond the printed page.

 

Christmas, 2017 

“The Adventure of the Christmas Carol”

A special performance for the Museum of Radio and Technology

(Press below to hear and see the performance.)

The Adventure of the Christmas Carol

Script by John Johnson, from an incident in the Conan Doyle story “A Scandal in Bohemia.”

A priceless draft of “A Christmas Carol” in the author’s own hand goes missing, and it is up to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to find it.

  • Sherlock Holmes………………………………………….John Johnson
  • Doctor Watson…………………………………………………Ronn Smith
  • Inspector Lestrade…………………………………Jim Bob Williams
  • Lady Duff-Brindle……………………………………..Rachel Sanford
  • Jasper…………………………………………………………………Brian Kidd
  • Ephraim Scrooge……………………………………………Dale Morton
  • Announcer……………………………………………….Sean McCracken

and sounds by

Carrie McCracken