A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED at DCP

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Will Nassau, Casandra Hogan, Lisa Harner, Chris Sakelarides, and Alexis Ross in a scene from DCP Theatre's A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED.

Will Nassau, Casandra Hogan, Lisa Harner, Chris Sakelarides, and Alexis Ross in a scene from DCP Theatre’s A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED.

Detective story, murder mystery buffs and Agatha Christie fans in particular should enjoy this well appointed Miss Marple whodunnit classic. A notice in the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette announces that a murder will take place on a certain date at a specific time at Little Paddocks, a boarding house owned by Letitia Blacklock (competently played by Linda Walsh!). The current guests at Little Paddocks, Mrs. Blacklock’s two young cousins, her dearest but daft friend, a mysterious widow lodger, and her kooky Russian cook are a bit unsettled and unsure of what to make of the village newspaper message. When curious locals join the residents at Little Paddocks on the appointed night to see what may happen, tension mounts, culminating in mayhem and murder! A challenging cluster of clues is carefully laid before the audience for consideration…

The cast brought their Christie characters out very nicely, to the delight of the audience, and smoothed out any opening night edges quite deftly. An interesting array of roles, including Dora, or “Bunny” Bunner (given exquisite expression by Sarah LeClair) Mrs. Blacklock’s foggy minded friend, Mitzi (hilariously done by Leah Stern), the maniac housemaid, the recurring Inspector Craddock (nicely portrayed by Bob DeMarco) and of course the adorable Miss Marple (well honed by Lisa Harner), who is more apt than she appears, along with mixed motives, secret identities and twists, some campy moments and a bit of romance make for a wonderfully entertaining time.

Sarah LeClair, Lisa Harner, Madison Hart, Ray Greenley and Alexis Ross in A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED.

Sarah LeClair, Lisa Harner, Madison Hart, Ray Greenley and Alexis Ross in A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED.

Set in Mrs. Blacklock’s beautifully furnished Victorian style drawing room, which had once been two separate rooms, replete with crystal chandelier, and lots of other lovely details which are fun for the eye to explore, one is immediately drawn into the mood of the show (Caris Baliles, Set Design). An assortment of nifty costumes also to this effect (Alexis Leigh Ross, Costume Design). Some gunshot effects, stage screams and a blackout at one point in show also create a bit of a stir as all waited for the lights to come back up to see what happened (Brad James, Lighting Design).

Maneuver through the maze of clues, catch a couple of red herrings, match wits with Miss Marple to discover who the perpetrator is, or simply enjoy as the drama unfolds; Opening night’s audience at DCP certainly did!

A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED
Written by Agatha Christie
Stage Adaptation by Leslie Darbon
Directed by James Kirkwood
April 12 – 27, 2013
Dutch Country Players
795 Ridge Road
Telford, PA 18969
215-234-0966
www.dcptheatre.com

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Lisa Panzer

Lisa Panzer

Lisa Panzer has worked for many years in theater not only as an actor, but as a director, dramaturg, technical director, lighting designer, stage crew, and roustabout. A few of her favorite past theatrical roles include: Liz Imbrie in Philadelphia Story, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Mrs. Tarpey in Spreading the News, Mollie Ralston in Mousetrap, Trinculo in The Tempest, Bernice Roth in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Felicia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet. In addition to theatrical endeavors, Mz. Panzer has also worked as a background performer in television’s Cold Case, Invincible, The Happening, several television commercials, and has played various roles in independent films including Project 21 productions and other commercial acting venues. (See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3355274/ for additonal information).

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