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OUT IN THE CROWD: Local theaters offer music and mystery

Special Photo. "Sherlock's Veiled Secret" runs through Feb 28 at the New Dawn Theater at 3087 Main St. in Duluth. Sean Anderson plays Turlough O'Brennan and Jack Barton, left, and Ashley Jones plays Violet Sheridan, right.

Special Photo. "Sherlock's Veiled Secret" runs through Feb 28 at the New Dawn Theater at 3087 Main St. in Duluth. Sean Anderson plays Turlough O'Brennan and Jack Barton, left, and Ashley Jones plays Violet Sheridan, right.

Need a vacation?

The destination is the Pump Boys Gas Station and the Double Cupp Diner somewhere along Highway 57 between Frog Level and Smyrna, N.C., where pump boys and waitresses will take audiences on a musical journey with a foot-stomping, hand-clapping good time.

New London Theatre's latest production, "Pump Boys and Dinettes," is a musical tribute to roadside life as told by the gas station attendants and diner waitresses who live it, including Double Cupp Diner waitress Rhetta Cupp, who laments needing a vacation herself.

"It's just a real good, Southern feel musical concert," said Beth Mappes, a Monroe resident who plays Rhetta's sister and fellow waitress Prudie Cupp. "A real fun, uplifting just good time."

"Pump Boys and Dinettes" was written by a performance group of the same name whose members went on to star in the Broadway production, which opened in 1982.

Gwinnett residents can hitch a ride to "Pump Boys and Dinettes" on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 28 at New London Theatre in Snellville. To purchase a ticket, call 770-559-1484 or visit www.newlondontheatre.org.

Pieces to the puzzle

When Violet Sheridan is summoned to the home of retired detective Sherlock Holmes, she learns of an interesting familial connection to the famous sleuth: he is her father.

When Holmes asks Violet to work with him on a case he is coming out of retirement to solve, Violet launches her own investigation to find out the identity of her mother. Despite her father's attempts to keep it a secret, Violet's own sleuthing brings her in contact with several elusive and fascinating women who had been intimately involved with the famous detective. Along the way, Violet becomes entangled in her father's case, which has escalated from involving blackmail to murder.

Gwinnett residents can follow Violet and Sherlock Holmes as they search for clues and put together the pieces of the puzzle in "Sherlock's Veiled Secret," New Dawn Theater Company's latest production.

"I definitely think they'll find it really interesting," said Ashley Jones, a Grayson resident who plays the role Violet. "It's a really thought-provoking show. They'll probably be trying to figure it all out along with Violet."

New Dawn Theater will present "Sherlock's Veiled Secret," on Thursdays through Sundays through Feb. 28. For more information, call 678-887-5015 or visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com.