Icy Useless Individuals: 'Homicide on the Orient Specific' opens Friday at Actors Guild of Parkersburg – Parkersburg Information
PARKERSBURG — Agatha Christie’s “Homicide on the Orient Specific” will open the 2022-23 season of the Actors Guild of Parkersburg at 8 p.m. Friday on the guild playhouse on Market Road.
The play takes place aboard the Orient Specific, a luxurious passenger prepare touring from Istanbul to Western Europe earlier than it’s stopped in its tracks by a homicide.
The prepare is crammed with suspects, every with a motive and an alibi. It’s the right thriller for Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot as his trip is interrupted and he battles the clock to resolve the whodunit.
Exhibits are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 7, and Oct. 8 and a couple of:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for college kids and seniors. Tickets can be found on the Guild web site at www.actors-guild.com.
“I really like Agatha Christie’s writings and the way she approaches storylines and plots. As a result of so many are followers of her books, our viewers members are all the time excited to see her work on stage,” Director Dixie Showalter mentioned. “I do know individuals have seen the film and skim the ebook, however transferring this glorious homicide thriller to the stage brings the plot and characters up entrance and private to our viewers.”
Forged and workers members have labored exhausting to current the story within the time interval it was written, the Thirties, Showalter mentioned.
“Fortuitously, we’ve had great assist from costume designer Nancy Bloomer as she offered interval costumes so as to add to the characters. Shauri Morrison and Mollie Bleakley have been instructing the forged to use Thirties make-up and hairstyles,” Showalter mentioned.
Forged member and dialect coach Bob Holland has labored with the actors to boost character authenticity.
Making her stage debut is Rachel Martin.
“I’m very a lot a behind-the-scenes sort of individual, so it is a massive step outdoors of my consolation zone. I’ve loved many elements of the present, however my favourite is watching everybody develop their characters over time,” Martin mentioned. “I like taking part in Princess Dragomiroff as a result of she has nice interactions with the opposite characters and he or she may be very sarcastic. I relate to her in some ways. What gal doesn’t need to be a princess?”
The play will start in a very darkish theater, Showalter mentioned.
“For the protection of our patrons, these that aren’t seated in the beginning of the present is not going to be allowed entrance to the auditorium till the tip of the primary scene,” she mentioned. “The home supervisor will present warnings previous to the start of the present and can help these arriving instantly afterward with attending to their seats after the primary scene.”
Particular results in the beginning of the present embody darkness, loud prepare sounds, steam from a fog machine and lights. Patrons must be of their seats by 7:50 p.m. so the present can begin at 8, she mentioned.
“If people arrive late, and after we begin the present, they should wait within the foyer till the primary scene is over,” Showalter mentioned.
“Homicide on the Orient Specific” is sponsored by United Anesthesia.
The forged is: Hercule Poirot, Joe Reeves; Monsieur Bouc, Josh Martin; Mary Debenham, Jaliyah Townsend; Hector MacQueen, Danny Bayer; Michel the conductor-head waiter, Sean Shoop Princess Dragomiroff, Rachel Martin; Greta Ohlsson, Megan Newbanks; Countess Andreyni, Vanessa Rake; Helen Hubbard, Lori Clark; Col. Arbuthnot, Jay Raber; Samuel Ratchett, Bob Holland.
Manufacturing Workers: Dixie Showalter, director; John Gradwohl, interim technical director; Pam Piggott and Nicole Raber, assistant administrators; Gracie Parks, stage supervisor; Nancy Bloomer, costumer; Nora Corra, manufacturing assistant; Dave Roberts, sound designer; Patrick Arnold, sound operator; Sabrina Dye, lighting designer; Bob Holland, dialect coach; Charlie Matthews, adviser.