Review: Holmes on his own case to find the spirit of the season

The lead role of Holmes is masterfully handled by Mark Uhre in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.

The lead role of Holmes is masterfully handled by Mark Uhre in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.

by Don Bodger, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Plug any person in need of retribution into the timeless tale of A Christmas Carol and the yuletide will always be bright. And humanity will surely benefit in the long run.

That’s essentially the premise behind Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, currently playing at the Chemainus Theatre Festival until Dec. 31 with a short break over Christmas.

Sherlock’s life is depicted in the manner of Scrooge in the original tale. There are twists and turns in the story because of their different personal backgrounds but the end result is basically the same.

Sherlock, brilliantly portrayed by experienced actor Mark Uhre, is quite a genius. While admired for his contributions to society, he is also despised for a bad attitude.

There’s nothing like a visit from three ghosts — representing the past, present and future — to put things into perspective for Holmes.

The whole experience proves a bit bewildering at first for the old chap.

By |December 16th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season, Reviews|0 Comments

Thank you Cowichan Sound & Cellular


Tonight we presented a signed cast plaque to Cowichan Sound & Cellular in thanks for their sponsorship of Sherlock & the Case of the Christmas Carol. Cowichan Sound & Cellular have been sponsors of the theatre since the early 2000’s and we thank them profoundly for their support of the arts and other non-profit organizations in the Cowichan Valley. Thank you Corinne de Lange!

The plaque was presented by Marlie Kelsey of the Chemainus Theatre. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a sponsor please call Marlie at 250-246-9800 ext 710.

By |December 11th, 2014|Categories: Sponsors|0 Comments

Review: Clever script brings welcome update to ‘Christmas Carol’


Mark Uhre plays a marvellous Sherlock Holmes in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s production of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol’.

by Andrea Rondeau, The Citizen

A clever idea and a really clever script, along with great performances make Chemainus Theatre Festival’s Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol just the heartwarming, fun event to put you in the Christmas spirit.

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is a classic tale so wellknown that it can start to cause fatigue when one contemplates seeing it – again.

But by marrying that tale with the characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s world of Sherlock Holmes, the whole thing is new again in all the best ways.

The great detective himself takes on the role of Scrooge, and playwright John Longenbaugh makes Holmes’s Christmas miserliness both sad and laugh-out-loud amusing at the same time.

Holmes’s disdain for politeness and courtesy come out in acerbic dialogue witty enough to be funny, while the audience still understands and empathizes with their devastating effects on his friends.

By |December 10th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season, Reviews|0 Comments

Christmas Message from the Managing Director

photo_randal2Welcome Friends! We’ve just announced our 23rd season of live professional theatre on Vancouver Island. 2015 will feature six amazing, diverse theatre experiences – comedies, dramas, mysteries and musicals. Seasons tickets are available and will guarantee you catch all that we have to offer.

Become a Super Patron! It’s easy. Add a $100, or more, donation to your season ticket order and join our Membership family. Membership is the key that opens the Chemainus Theatre world. Attend play readings, dress rehearsals and exclusive mixers with cast. These are just a few of the great perks that enable you to meet the artists that bring these stories to life.

Still Christmas shopping? No need for Sherlock’s clever sleuthing on this one… it’s elementary! Season tickets offer a year-long adventure that will enthrall and entertain, while providing the best value and the best seats. Enjoy your next performance!

Randal Huber

By |December 9th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season, 2015 Season|0 Comments

Education and Community Engagement


The Chemainus Theatre Festival is committed to building a healthy and strong community by instilling confidence, creativity and self-expression through exposure to and participation in the arts. Through our many educational programs, we inspire the imaginations of thousands of children on Vancouver Island each year.

Programs share three high level goals:

  • Enriching the Region
  • Build Community
  • Advance the Arts

Feature programs include:

  • Island Savings Discover Theatre Workshops
  • Student Matinees
  • Talkbacks
  • Summer Theatre Camp
  • Workshops

Other upcoming opportunities include:

High School Work Experience, Young Company Intensives and Apprenticeships. For more information on any of the above programs please visit our website or contact our Education Coordinator at or 250.246.9800 x728

Article: Sherlock Holmes on the case of a Christmas mystery

Jess Amy Shead, left, portrays Topper and Mark Uhre appears as Sherlock Holmes in the Chemainus Theatre Festival production of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol. — image credit: Andrew Leong

Jess Amy Shead, left, portrays Topper and Mark Uhre appears as Sherlock Holmes in the Chemainus Theatre Festival production of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol. — image credit: Andrew Leong

Read this article about Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol by Don Bodger at the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial:

Familiar characters and storylines are being blended into a unique treat for the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s Christmas production.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol is already proving popular with theatre-goers before it opens Friday. It was originally scheduled to run until Dec. 22 but has been extended to Dec. 31.

“Ticket sales have been very robust and we’re opening eight additional performances in an effort to keep up with the demand for tickets for this show,” noted Chemainus Theatre Festival marketing manager Michelle Vogelgesang.

The reworked story by Seattle playwright John Longenbaugh is being unwrapped for the first time on a Canadian stage, with two newcomers to Chemainus in lead roles — Mark Uhre as Sherlock and Wade Bogert-O’Brien as Dr. Watson.

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By |November 30th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments

Thank You to Our 2014 Gala Supporters


We would like to thank the supporters of our gala fund raising event “Sherlock’s Masquerade”

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By |November 28th, 2014|Categories: Theatre Fundraising, Theatre News|0 Comments

Held Over by Popular Demand!


Mark Uhre, Michelle Lieffertz, Marcus

The Chemainus Theatre is proud to announce that Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol has been held over until December 31!

The Canadian premiere of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol is an Christmas classic filled with mystery, intrigue and adventure. After being presumed dead for three years, a hardened Sherlock Holmes resurfaces, turning his back on the people who need him most. Three unexpected callers arrive on Christmas Eve, uncovering clues from the detective’s past, present and future.

Book your tickets soon for this holiday mystery full of Christmas spirit. The Playbill Dining Room is also open for these performance.

By |November 22nd, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments