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A School District 43 teacher will kick it up in a campy musical next month in Coquitlam.
Port Coquitlam resident Damon Calderwood portrays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes while well-known actor/singer Gordon Roberts is his sidekick, Dr. Watson, in Holmes and Watson Save the Empire, which runs at the Evergreen Cultural Centre April 1 to 5 (they also include a guest appearance by Roger Meloche of Coquitlam’s Stage 43 Theatrical Society).
The local shows are the last dates in their tour for Ace Productions, which they founded a decade ago with the aim to bring small-scale, affordable musicals to Metro Vancouver.
Since January, they have performed Holmes and Watson in West Vancouver, Chilliwack and Surrey.
Tri-City audiences may remember Calderwood — currently a SD43 teacher-on-call — and Roberts from their 2012 production of Billy Bishop Goes to War, at Evergreen.
Roberts, who helped to build the Royal City Musical Theatre, is also no stranger to the stage, having acted with the Arts Club Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars and Gateway Productions.
The pair has received rave reviews for their interpretation of Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner’s Holmes and Watson, a family-fun musical jaunt through the 19th century.
In the farce, the crime-fighting duo attempt to solve questions dogging the British Empire — such as Where is QV2? What is Victoria’s secret? — before their midnight deadline.
• For tickets at $39/$30/$15, call the Evergreen box office (1205 Pinetree Way) at 604-927-6555 or go to evergreenculturalcentre.ca.