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Recreation of 1930 William Gillette Radio Production of Sherlock Holmes Mystery to Begin Thirteenth Season of Agawam Cultural Council’s Popular Applause Series.

The Agawam Cultural Council kicks off the thirteenth season of its popular Applause Series when the East Haddam Stage Company presents their live-action radio drama recreation of William Gillette’s “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band” at the Agawam Senior Center on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

The production features four actors portraying seven characters, and utilizes William Gillette’s actual 1930 radio script. The show begins with an introduction to old time radio by producer/director Kandie Carle, features a full sound effects tale, and will end with time for questions from the audience.

Gillette, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, was best known for portraying Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian detective nearly 1,300 times on stage during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. According to the Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia, Gillette performed the first radio serial radio of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Speckled Band on October 20, 1930. Based on the original theater version by Conan Doyle, it was the first time Holmes was portrayed on radio as part of a continuing series.

The Agawam Senior Center is located at 954 Main Street in Agawam, Massachusetts and can be reached by phone at (413) 821-0604. This and all Applause Series events are free and open to the public.

Additional information on each of the Applause Series events is available at the Agawam Cultural Council web site, www.agawamcc.org. 

The Agawam Cultural Council is an all-volunteer local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and is funded, in part, by the MCC.  The ACC is charged with bringing engaging, entertaining, and educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.