Murder at Stodge City

Date 29th March 2019
Society Harlequin Players
Venue Freckleton Memorial Hall
Type of Production Murder Mystery
Director Wendy Shelstone
Musical Director n/a
Choreographer n/a
Producer Chris Shelston

Report

Author: Eddie Regan

This Murder Mystery Night is a popular event and the capacity audience were anticipating another exclusive script by Chris Shelstone.There was a good atmosphere in the room as we were shown to our seats by some of the many characters appearing in the nights performanc

Wendy Shelstone, Director, had put the 13 strong cast through their paces, all of whom interpreted the very complex and interesting script with great enthusiasm and commitment.   The talented Adrienne Bond as Diamond Lil, owner of  the Rusty Spur Saloon welcomed us and introduced us to two gold prospectors Prospect Pete, Chris Shelstone and Klondyke Keith, Andy Novak.

As the story unfolded numerous characters appeared and one of them was murdered and we were given the opportunity to interrogate the suspects.    We were asked to vote for who we thought had committed the murder and to give reasons for our choice. This was not an easy task as this was a complicated script with many ‘ red herrings'  along the way.

Robert Wilkinson as Richard McDonald showed great promise for the future and was completely immersed in his character with an authentic American accent.  Leanne Humphreys, Ruby Tuesday and Georgia Sutton, Peaches Divine were convincingly aggressive and confrontational as the love rivals. There was a good atmosphere as Audience members tried to unravel the story and after a delicious supper the murderer was revealed. Chris Shelston had only told the actor who committed the crime, a minute before the unveiling, which added tension to the cast.     There was a lovely solo by Adrienne Bond as Sapphire Steele recalling her past and some audience participation with “ She’ll be coming round the Mountain when she comes” as Ruby arrived for her wedding.

Costumes, hair, make-up and accessories were well sourced and in keeping with the story.   Garry Norris and Dale Green again provided excellent atmospheric Lighting and Sound.

This Company are to be congratulated for continuing to keep Theatre alive in the local community. Long may it continue..Thank you for making my wife Jean and myself so welcome, over the past six years and we hope to continue to support your future Productions.