Theatre Release: Murder, mystery, mayhem! Mary Baldwin Presents Something’s Afoot

September 21, 2010

Mary Baldwin University opens its 2010–2011 theatre season with the musical murder mystery Something’s Afoot by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach. Directed by Mary Baldwin Theatre Professor Terry Southerington with Musical Direction by Brian Holsopple, this outrageously zany musical is loosely based on Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians and runs October 1-3 and October 6-10, 2010.

In 1935, Lord Rancour has invited six guests to his country estate in England’s Lake District for a relaxing weekend. One by one they are being murdered by diabolical devices, masterminded for this production by Mary Baldwin Theatre Technical Director Sam Koogler. Audiences will have a blast trying to determine who the murderer is. Is it the saucy maid? The sweet young ingenue? The dissolute nephew who stands to inherit the house? Or the tweedy amateur detective who seems to know too much? This humorous and suspenseful musical will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Local theatre favorites Michael Lafferty, Michael Vayvada, Derek Critzer, and Bob Wright (fresh from his smashing performance as the mother in Shenanarts’ Hairspray) join a cast of old and new Mary Baldwin Theatre performers for this show. Undergraduate students Anna Ferrandino, Emilie Holmstock, and Michelle Brandt play the saucy maid Lettie, the sweet ingenue Hope, and the detective Ms. Tweed. They are joined by Glenn Schudel, A.J. Sclafani, and Bonnie Morrison, who are all students in Mary Baldwin’s graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance.

Please join us for what promises to be an outstanding show. As a new feature this season, the theatre department will be providing special parking during show times, as well as a shuttle service from parking directly to the entrance of the theatre for the convenience of our patrons.

All shows will run in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin University. Show times are 7:30 p.m. October 1–2 and October 6–9, and 2 p.m. October 3 and October 10. Season tickets and single show tickets are available by calling 540-887-7189. Season tickets are still available and are $40 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Single show tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.