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by Lorraine Lucciola
Cast Members
A Murder Is Announced
(Order of Appearance)
Elena Murphy as Julia Simmons
Cheryl Day as Miss Letitia Blacklock
Susan Wing Markson as Miss Dora Bunner
Daniel Gabriel Sallom as Patrick Simmons
Allison Dukes as Mitzi
Lucy Bly as Miss Marple
Stephanie LeBlanc as Phillipa Haymes
Michele DeMary as Mrs. Clara Swettenham
Ian Vincent as Edmund Swettenham
Gil Cardona-Erazo as Rudi Scherz
John Softcheck as Inspector Craddock
Nick LeBlanc as Sgt. Mellors
Production Crew
A Murder Is Announced
Technical Director ... Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr.
Stage Manager ... Gil Cardona-Erazo
Set Design ... Mark P. Fuller
Lighting Design ... Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr.
Sound Design ... William C. Smith
Costume Design ... Mark P. Fuller
Makeup/Hair Styles ... Suzanne J. Houbre
Poster/Flyer Graphics ... mediumstudio
Lighting/Sound Technician ... Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr., William C. Smith
Set Construction ... Michele DeMary, Cheryl A. Duclos, Mark P. Fuller, Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr., Mark Roy, Dennis J. Smith, Jacquie Vercellone, Peter Vercellone
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  • May 7-9, 2020, 7:30 PM
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  • May 17, 2020, 2:30 PM
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A Murder Is Announced

by Agatha Christie; adapted by Leslie DarbonDirected by Robin Richard
  • Nov 7-9, 2019, 7:30 PM;
  • Nov 10, 2019, 2:30 PM;
  • Nov 14-16, 2019, 7:30 PM;
  • Nov 17, 2019, 2:30 PM

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation.

'Had the audience on the edge of their seats.' -Evening Post

Julia Simmons
Miss Letitia Blacklock
Miss Dora Bunner
Patrick Simmons
Miss Marple
Phillipa Haymes
Mrs. Clara Swettenham
Edmund Swettenham
Inspector Craddock
Sgt. Mellors

Director's Message

Dame Agatha Christie has long been a staple of Community Theatres for decades. Her mysteries have tantalized and enthralled playgoers since before World War II. She is particularly known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Your Theatre has produced many of her plays over the years but this is the first time a Miss Marple play has been staged.

Miss Jane Marple was introduced in the short-story collection The Thirteen Problems in 1927. Although Christie states that, "Miss Marple was not in any way a picture of my grandmother; she was far more fussy and spinsterish than my grandmother ever was", her autobiography does establish a firm connection between the fictional character and Christie's maternal great-aunt Margaret Miller ("Auntie-Grannie"). Marple appeared in 12 novels and 20 stories, several of which have been turned into stage plays.

Staging this show was both challenging and fun. I adore the characters Christie has created and my actors have breathed such wonderful life into all of them. Kudos to Mark Fuller for his set, props and costumes and to Larry Houbre, Suzanne Houbre and Bill Smith for their contributions.

The clues are all there. Listen carefully, keep a sharp eye – and trust NO ONE! See if you can figure out the twists and turns of “A Murder is Announced”.

- Robin Richard, Director