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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Milwaukee musician John Nicholson works with young performers on SHERLOCK HOLMES score
Susan and John Nicholson at the Milwaukee Youth Art Center
Stage’s highly anticipated season opener SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS, a world premiere play by Eric Coble, is an edgy adaptation of the
graphic novel series by New York Times Bestselling Graphic Novelist Tony Lee
with art by critically acclaimed Dan Boultwood.
“It’s a bold, fast-paced adventure with plenty of action including a
battle under the streets of London, and a chase on top of a moving train,” said
First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank. A musical soundscape created by
noted Milwaukee musician John Nicholson along with 3-5 young performers, will propel the action sequences.
John Nicholson recently held a workshop and information session at the Milwaukee
Youth Arts Center for string players (guitar, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle and banjo) and percussionists ages 8-17. Young musicians interested in the project were introduced to the music, described as being inspired by Mumford and Sons and infused with the
energy of Stomp, and learned about the demands of performing in a live
theater show. These young people will be
active storytellers with stage presence, portraying London
street urchins while powering the action through live music.
Two talented high school guitarists enjoying the workshop