Cast members of “Baker Street Irregulars” are pictured from left, front row, Kinley Sporhase, Kyrah McConachie, Piper McConachie, Aly Lock, Gianna Swan, Tristen Ferguson and Isaiah Rueter; and back row, Robert Soukup, Mason Vernon, Ashlyn Marcum, Erika Meakins, Kya Thacker, Zander Salyers, Maury Kramer, Chris Colglazier and Eric Conklin. Not pictured is Adison Goldenstein. — Johnson Publications

Irregulars to transform Event Center into turn of the century circus mystery

   The street kids known as the Baker Street Irregulars may not share the same spotlight as the renowned Sherlock Holmes, but they’ve been around just as long as he has, and this weekend, they will be taking center stage in Holyoke.
    Phillips County Players — with many more youth actors than usual — are set to perform “Baker Street Irregulars” by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus Friday-Sunday, Aug. 11-13, at the Phillips County Event Center. Friday and Saturday performances will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. The Sunday matinée will begin at 1 p.m., with desserts only, no dinner. Doors open 30 minutes beforehand.
    Set in Sherlock Holmes’ 1897 London, this story is largely without the usual consulting detective. While investigating a murder at the Wainwright Circus, Holmes fell gravely ill.
    In his place, the collection of street urchins, played by Tristen Ferguson, Gianna Swan, Aly Lock, Isaiah Rueter and Adison Goldenstein, step up to do the sleuthing.
    Members of the Scotland Yard, played by Eric Conklin, Chris Colglazier and Zander Salyers, are relying on the snooping of the Baker Street Irregulars to get to the bottom of the case.
    All the usual members of a circus — clowns, acrobats and animal trainers, to name a few — give the clever kids the low down. Playing the parts in the circus act are Maury Kramer, Erika Meakins, Kya Thacker, Mason Vernon, Robert Soukup, Piper McConachie, Kyrah McConachie, Ashlyn Marcum, Kinley Sporhase and Salyers.

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