Mary Baldwin University Theatre opens its 2006-07 season with the mystery comedyExit the Bodyby Fred Carmichael, running October 4–8 in the Fletcher Collins Theatre, Deming Hall.
When mystery writer Crane Hammond, played by Alice Peipenburg, and her secretary Kate Bixley, portrayed by Mandy King, arrive at their New England retreat, they discover a dead body in the closet, and a host of people searching for stolen gems. Including the mysterious stranger, Andrew Blasenak. Their best friend Lillian (Sedonia Williams) and her new husband Lyle (David Lee Thompson), are there to lend a hand. The locals, real estate agent Helen (Shakera Ayers), the taxi-driving Sheriff Vern (David Witt) and the dim-witted housekeeper (Betsy Shortt) add to the confusion, along with Crane’s husband (Darren Ralston) and the would be master crook (John Harrison).
According to director Terry Southerington, “Start with missing jewels, mistaken identities, and lots of doors, and then add a stellar cast, and what we’ve got is a great evening’s entertainment with a lot of laughs.”
The season continues withLong Time Since Yesterdayby P.J.Gibson, November 15-19,The Pretty Perfume Makerwith music by Offenbach and book by Cremieux and Blum, February 9–11 and 14–18,The Cherry Orchardby Anton Chekhov, March 28–April 1, and Curtain Calls, and evening of student directed one-act plays May 9–13.
The public is invited Wednesday-Saturday, October 4–7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 8 at 2 p.m. at the college’s Fletcher Collins Theatre. Season tickets are $15 for students or senior citizens and $25 for adults. Individual tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or reserved by credit card by calling (540) 887-7189 during regular box office hours.