ONU Theatre Presents: Detective Holmes

ONU Theatre and the Walker School of STEM collaborate on a mystery production featuring a live robot.

September 16, 2021 Arts & Music

This fall, Olivet Nazarene University’s theatre department is collaborating with the Walker School of STEM to produce an original play titled, Detective Holmes. Hoping to blend different areas of interests, this play incorporates science and mystery through theatrical storytelling.

Director of ONU Theatre and professor in the Department of Communication, Ashley Sarver ‘15/’18 MBA states, “While Detective Holmes falls under our New Works Program it also has a specific missional purpose, which is what we hope all of our productions bring at ONU Theatre. It is our responsibility to be communicators that point to Jesus and sometimes we can do that for kids through robots, or bring an uplifting story of courage like in The Hiding Place or Midwinter, or even bring cathartic laughter and smiles through the tap shoes in Singin’ in the Rain.”

In this lighthearted production, recommended for families with kids in Kindergarten–third grade, Detective Holmes is given the task of solving her next crime. Along the way, she meets an eccentric scientist and a lovable robot, through collaboration with Olivet’s School of STEM.

“I hope audiences will ultimately have a lot of fun in this theatrical experience and that kids of all ages will be inspired to learn more about robots and the sciences,” Prof. Sarver said of the goal of this cross-disciplinary theatre production.

Shows are Friday, Sept. 17 at 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the newly renovated SIMS Blackbox Theatre.

For more information about ONU Theatre, the Department of Theatre or the School of STEM, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

Published 9/16/2021

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