Milwaukee musician John Nicholson works with young performers on SHERLOCK HOLMES score

Susan and John Nicholson at the Milwaukee Youth Art Center
First 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

Stay tuned for more information about this exciting world premiere, the music of John Nicholson and First Stage’s 2014/2015 season. 

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