The Fourth Messenger

My Dear Watson

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jami-Leigh Bartschi

Discover the man within the machine.

Follow the legendary friendship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Through the mystery, action, and cleverness woven throughout Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, MY DEAR WATSON looks beyond the realm of narrative and into the heart of the man himself...that is, if he has one at all. In this dramatic musical told from the perspective of Dr. Watson, we are forced to reanalyze and redefine love and friendship for a man who is seemingly incapable of both. Is there a man in the machine?

Recommended for ages 13+

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Jami-Leigh Bartschi

Jami-Leigh Bartschi (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Jami-Leigh Bartschi is a Playwright, Composer, and Music Teacher from Orlando, Florida. She has served as Musical Director for numerous professional, community, and school productions, including THE PRODUCERS, CINDERELLA, CABARET, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and many more, including the first two productions of MY DEAR WATSON in the Central Florida area. She received her B.A. and M.L.S. from Rollins College, and she is a lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan.



Jaz Zepatos

Jaz Zepatos (Assistant Director & Mrs. Douglas)

Jaz Zepatos is an NYC-based Actress/Improviser and first-time NYMF participant. Previous roles include Lauren in CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, Gloria in BOEING BOEING, Natalie in NEXT TO NORMAL, and Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. She is a proud Rollins College alumna and is thrilled to be part of this team.



Pati Sayers (Pianist)

Pati is a Music Specialist and accompanist for Theatre UCF. She graduated from UCF with a BA in Music and an MA in Education. Previously, she was choral music director at South Lake High School. She was part of the orchestra in the fall 2014 production of “Les Miserables” at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and she recently was the musical director for “Ain’t Misbehavin’” at the Mad Cow Theatre and “Hair” at Theatre UCF. Pati has also appeared in a Caberet at Feinstein’s 54 Below in NYC.



Eri Park (Violinist)

Eri Park is a Violinist, a Violin Teacher, and a musical thinker. She studied violin under Matitiahu Braun and Elmar Oliveira while she was at Rollins College and Lynn University. She is also a recent graduate of Queens College with a Master’s Degree in Musicology. With her multinational background, she has been actively performing in the United States, Asia, and Europe, engaging in various activities, festivals, and concerts. Currently, she resides in Queens, New York.



Liz Curtis

Liz Curtis (Mrs. Hudson)

Liz has been acting in Central and South Florida for some 40 years. She once appeared in a production of PROOF in South Africa with Marius Weber. She holds a B.A. in English and an A.A. in Drama.



Justin Mousseau

Justin Mousseau (Inspector Lestrade)

Justin Mousseau is an Actor/Comedian from Orlando, FL. An alumnus of the University of Central Florida Musical Theatre Program, he has appeared in numerous productions across the Central Florida region, including the regional premiere of BIG FISH (Amos Calloway), LIZZIE BORDEN (Joseph Howard), NANCY AND HER BIGGEST CASE EVER (Carson Drew/Burglar) at the Orlando Repertory Theater, as well as several roles at Universal Studios Orlando. This May, he will be seen in the world premiere of ZOMBIE ISLAND, OR: HOW TO SURVIVE A WEDDING WITH YOUR EX at the Orlando International Fringe Festival.



Kyle Stone

Kyle Stone (Dr. John Watson)

Kyle Stone is excited to make his return to the role of Dr. John Watson in this year's Festival. He is currently based in Florida where he is represented by BMG TALENT for TV and film work. Most recent credits include Jacob Aborn/ William Bellows in NANCY DREW…BIGGEST CASE EVER, John Utterson in JEKYLL AND HYDE: THE MUSICAL, and Ken Peterson in WHO’S LIFE IS IT ANYWAY. Kyle is a proud troupe member/storyteller of Phantasmagoria.



John DiDonna

John DiDonna (Director/Sherlock Holmes)

John DiDonna (Sherlock Holmes) is Chair of Theater for Orlando’s Valencia College, as well as the Creator of the Victorian Horror Troupe “Phantasmagoria”. Recent roles include Martin in Albee’s “The Goat”, Frank N Furter in “The Rocky Horror Show”, de Sade in “Marat/Sade”, and Sir Thomas More in “Man for All Seasons”. As a director John has guided Phantasmagoria through 8 seasons, and recently directed his original works “Creation” and “Division: The Trayvon/Jordan Project”.



Jason Blackwater

Jason Blackwater (Professor Moriarty)

Jason is a graduate of London's East 15 Acting School and iO Chicago. Theatre credits include: The Buddy Holly Story (UK National Tour), Father in Lil Women: A Rap Musical (Frigid Festival, Orlando Fringe), Frank Strang in Equus (Dir. Jeremy Seghers), Donner in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Orlando Fringe), Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off: The Unofficial Musical (Orlando Fringe), Simple in Merry Wives Of Windsor (Brighton Open Air Theatre). Film credits include: The Florida Project (Dir. Sean Baker). Jason could not be here without the loving and supportive Megan.



Jackson McLaskey

Jackson McLaskey (Mr. Cecil Barker)

Jackson is an NYC based actor/writer originally hailing from Detroit, MI. Previous credits include Frank-N-Furter (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Frederick Fellows (Noises Off), O Li Roon (In the Red and Brown Water), and Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls). BFA from Wayne State University. Thank you to the team here at My Dear Watson. Much love to a wonderful family and the world's most supportive friends. For Kaye.



"[My Dear Watson] is a dramatic musical that seeks to look into the chilly, very elementary heart of the detective." - New York Social Diary, June 2017

"The production will be funded in part by The Conan Doyle Estate, the family estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories from 1887 to 1927." - Broadway World, June 2017

"It combines quotes, characters, and plot elements of several original Conan Doyle stories...all tied together in an original way." - The Conan Doyle Estate, 2017

"...[Bartschi] was committed to show the world that this character [Watson] can love and be loved." - Orlando Weekly, May 2017

"The audience is taken all the way from Holmes and Watson's initial introduction to the showdown with Moriarty in only a couple of hours." - Rollins 360