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Richmond Hill Community Theatre to present comic murder mystery

  • Richmond Hill Community Theatre will present “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery.” (Provided photo)
 

Richmond Hill Community Theatre to present comic murder mystery

16 May 2017

While there are plenty of murders in Richmond Hill Community Theatre’s latest production, “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery,” it also has a lot of laughs.

“It’s a play within a play where the players are rehearsing their show and it’s a not-so-good rendition of a British murder mystery,” says Kristin Martin, who is co-directing the production with Kim Diebold. “They have cheesy music and British accents.”

“They are doing a final dress rehearsal and the unexpected happens,” Martin says. “A real murder takes place. They are rehearsing a scene and going back over it, and someone else dies. Every time they do the same scene, another person dies.

“You are trying to figure out who is killing the actors off,” she says. “At the same time, it is a comedy.”

Written by Brian D. Taylor, “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery” features a cast of 14.

“It’s a very large cast,” Martin says. “We did auditions back at the end of February and started rehearsals in early March.

“We try to be flexible to people’s schedules, but it’s hard to work when someone can’t be there. We understand everyone has lives and jobs outside the production, but it can be a challenge trying to accommodate everyone.

“When a cast member is absent, it makes a little difference,” she says. “We’ve managed to make it through that.”

Some set design was required for the production.

“During the last production, we got a new stage built,” Martin says. “This time, we built new walls and backdrops and stage flats.

“That was a fun day for the cast,” she says. “We all got together and had a day of painting and cutting and building. We had some good bonding.”

The cast is dedicated to the production.

“They’re fabulous, they’re hilarious,” Martin says. “They bring a delight to each character.

“They have own their personalization of each character in the show,” she says. “I’m sitting there laughing and trying not to, but they’re delightful.”

The show is dedicated to the memory of Dawn Berry, former president of RHCT.

“It was around this time last year that she passed away,” Martin says. “She was originally supposed to be my co-director. She and I picked the show together and had our hearts set on it.

“I was lucky that Kim was willing to step up and fill her shoes,” Martin says. “She’s done a spectacular job.”

Folks looking for an evening’s entertainment should love “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery.”

“It’s going to be a blast,” Martin says. “Everyone is going to laugh.

“You would have to have no sense of humor at all not to laugh,” she says. “It will be a delightful, fun evening. It’s a relatively short show, but it will make people laugh.”

IF YOU GO

What: Richmond Hill Community Theatre presents “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery”

When: 8 p.m. May 19 and 20; 2 p.m. May 21

Where: The Wetlands Center, 240 Cedar St., Richmond Hill

Cost: Adults $10; students/military/seniors $8

Info: facebook.com/rhctinc, rhctonstage@gmail.com

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