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Weathervane Playhouse

2016 Summer Season

June 7, 2016
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*Something troubling from


the Romantic repertoire.
Perhaps the opening of the
First Movement of
Mahlers Symphony No. 3
in D Major.

The Yew Alley at


Baskerville Hall. On the
Moors of Devonshire, a
grass alley between yew
trees. A gate.

-Pocketwatch (Sir Charles)


-Cigar (Sir Charles)

Begin in darkness.

-Something terrible and


large breathing heavily in
the distance, gets steadily
louder.
*See Music

221B Baker Street. A sitting


room with a window to
the street.

Bucket & rag (Daisy)

Blackout.

-Sound of something
approaching at a walk,
then at a gallop.
-Roar of something almost
supernatural.
-Sound of carriages on
cobblestones.

Costumes

Notes

ACT ONE

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Walking stick (Dr.


Mortimer)

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Doorbell.
Manuscript from 1742, Of
the Origins of the Hound of
the Baskervilles (Dr.
Mortimer)

Dr. Mortimer: Goldrimmed glasses.

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Lightning.

-Eerie, troubling music.


-Thunder.
-Singing and carousing.

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Lightning.

-Thunder.
-Horses hooves.
-Hounds baying.
-Dogs whimpering.
-Hideous snarling, tearing
sounds.

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-Actor 2 goes from Daisy to


Sir Hugo Baskerville in the
view of the audience.
-There are 2 pages
between Mrs. Hudsons
exit and Actress 1s
entrance as the Maiden.
Actress 1 plays the Maiden
and the Shepherdess on
the same page.

Actor 2 plays Sir Charles


and Sir Hugo on the same
page.

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Daisy: Scullery maid, mob


cap.
(Sir Charles and Daisy are
played by the same Actor
2.)

A screech of sound.
Tobacco (Bradley)

A mirror.

Prepared by: Abigail Worden (SM)

Pipe (Holmes)

There are 2 pages between


Actor 2 as Sir Charles and
as Bradley the tobacconist.
Holmes changes his tie
onstage.

*A dense cloud of tabacco


smoke.

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The end of Act Two of


Tosca.

-A box at the Royal Opera


House. A stage below.
-Then, inside 221B Baker
Street.

Knife (Floria Tosca)

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Envelope addressed: To
Sir Henry Baskerville,
Northumberland Hotel
(Sir Henry)
Times Newspaper (Watson)

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Through the London


Streets.
A cab.

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A District Messenger office.

Shelves inside the District


Messengers office.

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Hotel directory (Holmes)

Money (Holmes)

The lobby of the


Northumberland Hotel. A
hotel counter.

Prepared by: Abigail Worden (SM)

Behind the actors we see


the letter projected or
otherwise displayed,
consisting of several words
cut out of newspaper and
glued to a piece of paper
with the last word written
in ink.
Lightning.

Sound

Costumes

Notes

*See Music
-Doorbell.

-There are 1 pages


between Mortimer exiting
and Actor 1 entering as
Baron Scarpia.
-Actress 1 goes from Floria
Tosca to Mrs. Hudson in
less than a page.
-Actor 1 goes from Baron
Scarpia to Dr. Mortimer in
less than a page.

*Play goes from the box at


the opera house back to
221B Baker Street on the
same page.

-Pouring rain.
-Thunder.
-Noises of a crowded
street.

-Hat (Holmes)
-Hat (Watson)
-Actor 1 goes from Dr.
Mortimer to Man with
Black Beard in 1 page.
Actor 2 goes from Sir Henry
to Wilson in pages.

-Horse whinny.
-Carriage hurrying over
cobblestones.
-Jingle of a door bell.

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Lighting

-Hotel registry (Desk Clerk)


-Plant on hotel desk.

Actor 1 goes from Man


with Beard to Lucy in 1
page.
-Cap (Cartwright)
-Actor 1 goes from Lucy to
Milker in less than a
page.
-Actor 1 goes from Milker
to Desk Clerk in less than
a page.
-Actor 2 has 2 pages to
go from Wilson to
Inspector Lestrade.

*Actress 1 is in the baby


carriage.

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A baby carriage rolls across


stage*

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Black boot (Sir Henry)

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The opening bars of the


Second Movement of
Mahlers Symphony
Number One in D Major.

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-Train whistle.
-Conductors voice
offstage.
*See Music
-Sound of a clopping horse
and trap.
-A blast of discordant
sound.

-Inside the train carriage.


-Inside the trap.
-Outside of the looming
faade of Baskerville Hall, a
front door.

The Trauermarsch
(Funeral March) from the
first movement of Mahlers
Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp
Minor.

A doorbell near the door.

-Portrait of Sir Hugo


Baskerville.
-Watsons bedroom. A bed
and a nightstand. Curtains

Prepared by: Abigail Worden (SM)

Sound

Train whistle.
Noises of a bustling train
station.

Train platform at
Paddington Station.

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Lighting

-Suitcase (Watson)
-Suitcase (Sir Henry)

Dark, threatening.

-Distant wolves howling.


*See Music.
-Doorbell, sounds like the
doorbell to Hell

Costumes

Notes

Actress 1 goes from


Cartwright to Baby in 1
pages.
-Actor 2 goes from
Lestrade to Sir Henry in
less than a page.
-Actress 1 goes from Baby
to German Maid in less
than a page.
-Actor 1 goes from Desk
Clerk to Mortimer in less
than a page.
-Warm coat (Mortimer)
-Hat (Mortimer)

*The carriage must be


large and sturdy enough to
hold Actress 1.

Actress 1 goes from


German Maid to Mrs.
Clayton in 3 pages.

*A blast of smoke fills the


air.

Actor 1 goes from Dr.


Mortimer to Trap Driver in
a page.

*Actors sway and bounce


to indicate movement of
the train and trap.
**In one page, script
travels from the train
carriage to inside a trap, to
outside of Baskerville Hall.

-Actor 1 goes from Trap


Driver to Barrymore in a
page.
-Barrymore is a hunchback
with a withered arm and a
full black beard. Both he
and Mrs. Barrymore are
eerie, mournfully dressed.

-Gloomy clock ticking.


-Distantly a woman
sobbing.

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over a window.
Inside 221B Baker Street.

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A path along the moors.

Props
-Letter from Watson
(Holmes)
-A six-gun (Sir Henry)
-A butterfly appears in the
sky.
-Butterfly net (Stapleton)
-Over-the-shoulder tin box
for botanical specimens
(Stapleton)

Lighting

Notes

Bright sunlight.

Birds twittering.

-Stapleton: Flaxen hair,


wire-rim glasses and a
straw hat.
-Actor 1 goes from
Barrymore to Stapleton in
2 pages.

Multiple blasts of
discordant music.

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A rabbit goes by.

The jangled tonalities of


the Dies Irae from
Benjamin Brittens War
Requiem.

Actress 1 goes from Mrs.


Barrymore to Miss
Stapleton in 2 pages.

Inside 221B Baker Street. A


chair.

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Howl in the distance: long,


low moan, incredibly sad
that swells into a deep,
almost satanic roar. The
howling continues.

-Actor 1 goes from


Stapleton to Milker in 2
pages.
-Actress 1 goes from Miss
Stapleton to Cartwright in
a page.

-Sealed envelope and letter


from Watson (Cartwright)
-Bandages over Holmes
eyes.

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Gun (Sir Henry)

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Costumes

-Distantly a woman
sobbing.

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Sound

Adventurous music.It
might be the Opening of
Act II, Scene 3 of Verdis
Don Carlo.

Huge stones dot the


landscape; the wind blows
furiously.

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Prepared by: Abigail Worden (SM)

*Match (Barrymore)
-Candle (Barrymore)

A distant pinpoint of light;


a signal responding to the
lit candle.

Pistol (Watson)

Steel grey moonlight.

-Candle stuck into a rock.


-A huge rock; Victor strikes
Watson in the head with it

Actor 1 goes from Milker to


Barrymore in 1 page.
Actress 1 goes from
Cartwright to Mrs.
Barrymore in 1 pages.

*The match is practical


onstage.

*See Music
-The howl of the hound
the creature moans, then
cries out.
**There is a
choreographed fight
between Victor, Sir Henry,
and Watson (Actor 1, 2,
and Watson).

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Fierce, exciting music.

-The same as the previous


Act One, Scene Sixteen.
-Then, the sitting room at
Baskerville Hall.

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A path on the moors.

Sound

Sir Henry fades away into


darkness and so does the
moor.

*See Music

Costumes

The various characters


appear in a passing
dumbshow in quick
successionthis is
continuous and does not
slow the flow of the
narrative:
-Actor 1 goes from Doctor
to Victor in 1 page, then to
Barrymore in less than a
page.
-Actress 1 goes from Nurse
Malloy to Mrs. Barrymore
in 1 page.
-Actor 1 quickly changes
from Barrymore to
Stapleton onstage.
-Actor 2 goes from Sir
Charles to Sir Henry in 1
page.
-Actress 1 goes from Mrs.
Barrymore to Miss
Stapleton in less than 1
page.

-A hatchet (Barrymore)

We see the outline of the


Man of Mystery cross the
stage.

Butterfly onstage.

Bright sunlight.

Twittering birds.

The stage darkens.

A roll of thunder.

We see a projection of Sir


Charles burned letter.

Thunder.

Notes

**The butterfly net is


thrown from offstage to
Actor 1 and expertly
caught.

Watson hides behind a


rock.

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Lighting

-Bandages (Nurse Malloy)


-A pound note (Holmes)
-Roses (Sir Charles & Mrs.
Barrymore)
-A large, nasty knife
(Barrymore)
-An apple (Barrymore)

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Props

Inside Baskerville Hall.

Prepared by: Abigail Worden (SM)

-Actress 1 goes from Miss


Stapleton to Mrs.
Barrymore in a page.
-Actor 1 goes from
Stapleton to Barrymore in
a page.
*If there is no projection,
Mrs. Barrymore should not
say I feel so wulnerable.

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Those four words should
be dropped.

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Foreboding music.

A street in Coombe Tracy.

-A baby carriage (Winnie)

Inside Dr. Mortimers


house and office. Includes
a desk with drawers.
The Black Tor, the summit
of a steep hill. Several
crude, makeshift stone
huts.
Inside one of the stone
huts. A table.

A handheld telescope
(Mortimer).

A blast of howling wind.


Actors in scene are
shouting over blustering
wind.

Loud wind.

-Pile of blankets
-Canned peaches
-A diary with a loose page
-Pistol (Holmes)

Holmes is wearing a
removable wig

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-The sound of the giant


hound crying and snarling.
-Agonized screams.

Ominous music.

The platform of the train


station at Coombe Tracy.

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Inside of Mrs. Laura Lyons


Typing Establishment.

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Baskerville Hall: the


portrait gallery. The walls
are lined with portraits of
the Baskerville family.
Actor 1 is standing inside a

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**Sir Henry and Watson


slide down the hill and fall
over.

*See Music
-A twig snapping outside
the hut

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-Scarves (Sir Henry &


Watson)
-Actress 1 goes from Mrs.
Barrymore to Winnie in 1
page
-Actor 1 goes from
Barrymore to Dr. Mortimer
in 1 page
Actress 1 goes from Winnie
to Nurse MacKeeble in 1
page.
Actor 1 goes from Dr.
Mortimer to Country
farmer in less than 1 page.

Prepared by: Abigail Worden (SM)

-An envelope; photograph


inside

-Thumping
-A train whistle
*See Music

A body onstage is dressed


like Sir Henry.

-Actor 1 goes from


Stapleton to Milker in a
page
-Actress 1 goes from Miss
Stapleton to Cartwright in
a page
Actress 1 goes from
Cartwright to Laura Lyons
in a page

Thumping.

Actor 1 is wearing the

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large frame.

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-The train platform at


Coombe Tracy.
-Then, The Moors. The
shadows of enormous
rocks dot the terrible
landscape. In the distance,
the lit windows of a solitary
house.
Outside of Merripit house.
Latticed windows. A door
leading inside. An outbuilding nearby.

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In the distance, the lit


windows of a solitary
house.

A key (Stapleton)

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The whole soundscape


changes as the wind
wooshes across the barren
moors.

fancy costume of a 17th


Century Cavalier, with
flowing hair and beard,
moustache, hat and cloak.
These pieces are all
removed by Holmes
onstage.
Actor 1 goes from
Stapleton to the Desk Clerk
onstage.
Actor 2 goes from Sir Henry
to Lestrade in 2 pages.

Actor 2 goes from Lestrade


to Sir Henry in a page.
-A door opening in the
distance
*See Music
-The sound of a key in a
lock
-A door creaking open
-The patter of dogs feet,
breaking into a run
-Ferocious growl
-Gunfire
-Howling

Inside Merripit House.


Visible ceiling beams.

Prepared by: Abigail Worden (SM)

-The corpse of the massive


hound, painted with
phorphorus
-Miss Stapleton is lashed to
one of the ceiling beams

Notes

**Play goes from the train


platform to out on the
Moors on the same page.

-Hissing wind
-Boots upon gravel
-Creak of a door opening
-Scuffling noise, like that of
a huge beast wanting its
supper
-Barking, growling
One of the Merripit house
lights goes out.

Music builds.

Costumes

**A dense fog onstage.


**We see the hound jump
and attack the actors
onstage

-Actor 2 goes from Sir


Henry to Lestrade in a
page
-Miss Stapleton is halfnaked and gagged with
welts on her shoulder and

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back.
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-Actor 2 portrays both Sir


Henry and Lestrade, who
both have lines in the
scene.
The final fugue of Falstaff,
Actor 1 singing his heart
out.

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-Inn the distance, we see


Stapleton being sucked
into the Mire.
-Inside 221B Baker Street.
A box at the Convent
Garden opera. Onstage,
the final moments of
Verdis Falstaff.

The final bars of the opera


ring out thrillingly from the
orchestra.

Prepared by: Abigail Worden (SM)

The lights dim and


everyone disappears, save
Watson.

*See Music

A burst of confetti.

A knife sticking out of


Falstaff (Actor 1)s back.

**We see Stapleton being


sucked into the Mire.

-Actor 1 has 1 pages to


go from Stapleton to
Falstaff.
Blackout at end of show

*See Music
-A woman screams
-A huge explosion

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