Radio theater

Radio theater company honors famous playwright Tryon – The Tryon Daily Bulletin


William Gillette (1800-1933), one of Tryon’s most famous former residents, was honored with a tribute during a recent production by the Pinnacle Falls Old Time Radio Theater.

It was the famous actor and playwright who brought Sherlock Holmes to life in his play, “Sherlock Holmes,” which opened on Broadway in 1899. Gillette wrote the play at Thousand Pines, his 900-acre estate in South America. above Tryon, in concert with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author and creator of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

One such story, “The Musgrave Ritual”, was adapted for radio and directed by North Carolina playwright Ceille Baird Welch.

Gillette got off the train at Tryon in 1891 when he stopped to add another engine for the Saluda Grade climb. He took a mountain walk and fell in love with the area and built a cabin where he could see the mountain ranges.

For 50 years he was a major star on Broadway and in theaters around the world, and his play “Sherlock Holmes” grossed $ 1.5 million in box office ticket sales.

The first performance, starring Ralph Johns as Sherlock, was presented at the Bill Amick Lodge in Pinnacle Falls, a gated community in Zirconia, North Carolina. Johns practiced medicine in Spartanburg for many years.

The other cast in the radio series all owned Pinnacle Falls and included Linda Brett, a retired US Forest Service executive in Washington, DC; Gayden Gauthier, financial planner from Maryland; Grady Nance, former Detroit Edison, Michigan executive; Jennifer Stickney, former pharmacist from Chicago; Mike Ebanks, former Chicago architect provided sound effects; and Kathleen Nance, a pharmacist from Michigan and Louisiana who made musical bridges and stingers.

The production is slated for a February performance in Columbia, South Carolina, at a reunion of Hansom Wheels, a Scion Society of Baker Street Irregulars.