NEWBERRY — Newberry Community Players perform the final performances of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” at the Ritz Theater this weekend.
Shows will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
“This cast is such a wonderful group to work with, and they have done an amazing job of bringing Agatha Christie’s characters to life with energy, tension, and an amazing amount of teamwork,” said Ellen Hunt, the director. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with every one of them. They rock!”
A cast of varied stage familiarity, they all seem to agree that this show is a great experience.
The full cast includes Traci Dominick as Mrs. Rogers, Phil Astwood as Rogers, Lucy Murrell as Freddie Naracott, Emily James as Vera Claythorne, Jamar Friday as Phillip Lombard, Christopher Shealy as Anthony Marston, Jaime Siquerios as William Blore, Scott Senn as General MacKenzie, Danielle Shull as Emily Brent, Corey Hunt as Sir Wargrave, and Boyd Bedenbaugh as Dr. Armstrong.
“From the indignation of one accused of footling across the Salisbury Plain to the suspenseful climax, this play has all of the theatrical elements needed to make it a success,” said Dominick. “Ellen (Hunt) has once again coaxed an already talented cast to even greater heights.”
In Agatha Christie, the suspense begins with 10 strangers invited by a mysterious host to a mansion on an Indian island. When their host fails to appear, the guests begin to wonder. Each guest has a dark secret and as each secret is revealed, the guests die one by one.
“I never thought that one of the most terrifying things anybody could say was, ‘Breakfast is ready,’” said Siquerios.
Community theater is about working with people.
“It’s always a pleasure stepping out of your own shoes into someone else’s for a few hours. It is always rewarding,” said Emily James, who plays Vera Claythorne.
For one actor, it’s not a stretch working with the director.
“Since I’m kind of used to taking direction from my wife (Ellen Hunt), having her as a director isn’t a stretch. I’m a real Agatha Christie fan, too,” said Corey Hunt. “I don’t want to give the ending away, so I think the line that says the most about my character, Sir Wargrave, is ‘So you think it’s a joke, do you?’ It’s a fun group of people.”
Tickets can be purchased through the Newberry Opera House box office at 803-276-6462. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $18 for students/seniors. Season tickets are also available.
Newberry Community Players is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to bringing the theatrical arts and education to Newberry County. Call 803-597-1636 to leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about getting involved.