Come one, come all, as the acting company of the Music Hall Royale mounts their opening night performance of their adaptation of Charles Dickens's unfinished final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This hilarious whodunit invites YOU to choose the identity of the murderer! Who killed Drood? Was it the deranged choirmaster John Jasper? Or was it Edwin's fiancée, the too-good-to-be-trusted Rosa Bud? What about the Reverend Mr. Crisparkle, who harbors a dark and sinful secret? Or was it one of the Landless twins, Helena and Neville, torn from their homeland and forced to subjugate themselves to imperialistic British rule? There's also the mysterious opium dealer, Princess Puffer, desperate to escape the past; the drunken gravedigger, Durdles, desperate to forget the present; and the ever-forgettable Bazzard, who's desperate to bask in the kind of attention that Edwin Drood so effortlessly attracts. Which one was desperate enough to kill? Only the audience knows for sure. Watch as our delightfully daffy company of actors rewrites the show before your very eyes as they bring your solution to life. No two performances are alike!
The original Broadway production of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD played over 600 performances and was nominated for a whopping 11 Tony Awards, winning 5, including Best Musical. The Country Day production features the talents of an all-student company of over 40 performers and technicians, including Zach Atchley, Caroline Berger, Kye Carter, Logan Collier, Catherine Culicchia, Caroline Cvitanovich, Maya Cvitanovich, Colleen Daly, Katie Davidson, Elizabeth Downs, Aliya Eissa, Bryce Elmore, Jane Fantaci, Scott Freeman, Jack Geary, Hannah Halpern, Katie Hennessy, Ruffin Henry, Julianna Holley, Ethan Katz, Ashley Kim, Conley Kronenberg, Claire Lafaye, Destiny Laugand, Darby Le, Dorie Le, David Lovell, Emma Meyer, Joanna Moody, Abby Myers, Grayson Myers, Parker Neece, Clinton Nicholas, Alexandra O'Sullivan, Dude Riley, Camille Shall, Julianna Simons, Logan Stouse, Conor Taliancich, Natalie Varisco, Emily Weinmann, and Stewart Woods.
The poster for this production is the work of senior Natalie Varisco. Natalie's provocative pieces challenge traditional expectations of gender, standards of beauty, and structures of power. She also often includes the depiction of figures who are more complex than they may first appear, all of which is thematically relevant for this production. Natalie's grayscale image captures the Dickensian gloom of the piece, but also its whimsy, evidenced by the central figure's enigmatic grin. The sketched and shaded elements suggest the form of the show itself, which is incomplete until the audience joins in and contributes its ending. In all, it's a stunning graphic. A digital version is attached. If you'd like a poster to display, please let me know.
We want to give each of the suspects a chance to be selected as the murderer, so we have quite a few more performances than usual:
Friday, March 16 @ 7:00
Saturday, March 17 @ 3:00 & 7:00
Sunday, March 18 @ 3:00
Thursday, March 22 @ 7:00
Friday, March 23 @ 7:00
Saturday, March 24 @ 3:00
Sunday, March 25 @ 3:00
Monday, March 26 @ 7:00
All performances are in Weinmann Auditorium. Tickets are $10, available at the door or online at mpcdsdrood.bpt.me
. We encourage you to see it more than once--no two performances are alike! After each performance, a special discount code will be sent to attendees to use for a subsequent performance.
We are running an opening week promotion: use discount code WHODUNIT for $5.00 tickets to any performance March 16-18.
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