Murder on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Reputedly the richest young woman in England, Kay Ridgeway never wanted for anything. Until she met Simon Mostyn, the attractive but modestly successful former fiancee to her (now former) best friend Jacqueline de Severac. On a honeymoon cruise up the Nile, Kay (now Ridgeway-Mostyn) is surprised to find that her former best friend has inadvertently booked the same cruise, as has her uncle and guardian, the Canon Ambrose Pennefather. Life is a tangled web of mystery, but death can be murder. Meet some of the suspects:
- Beadsellers (Barbara Gordon & Lisa Saban): A mainstay of Egyptian travel. At every port and street corner, ready to sell beads and trinkets for every need, most of which are now made in China.
- Steward (Bryan Zipp): The head waiter. All of the action occurs on a river boat, and people need to eat.
- Helen ffoliot-ffoulkes (Lyra Jennings): Wealthy, cranky, and demanding. And really annoyed that no one, not even the publisher of this play, understands that her last name should not be capitalized.
- Christina Grant (Riley Hoveland): Helen's attractive, young niece. Seems rather nice, compared to her family, and happy that her Aunt has brought her on the cruise.
- William Smith (Ruby Ruebenson): A young smart ass, who in the days prior to the Internet, had to do his trolling in person.
- Louise (Carmen Cuthbertson): Kay Ridgeway-Mostyn's personal maid. What can we say? She's the closest thing this play has to a butler.
- Dr. Bessner (Don McAdam): A medical doctor who feels his life was ruined by Kay's entrepreneurial father.
- Kay Ridgeway-Mostyn (Olivia Carette): Would it be a spoiler if we said she didn't do it?
- Simon Mostyn (Tony Nelson): Not particularly bright, ambitious, or successful. But with his looks and Kay's money, that shouldn't be a problem.
- Canon Ambrose Pennefather (Tom Hicks): Kay's uncle and guardian. He holds the purse strings to her vast fortune. FYI, Canon is an honorary title suggesting he's of good Christian character, but of little further significance.
- Jacqueline de Severac (Stephanie Brost): Attractive and was planning to marry Simon. But lacking Kay's wealth, she can understand why Simon dumped her. Which is not to say she's happy about it.
- McNaught (Robert Carette): Someone has to drive the ship. McNaught is the captain.
- Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 19, 2:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 26, 2:00 p.m.
Mystery writer Leslie Budewitz will speak about Agatha Christie prior to the performance on February 18 and will be available to sign books at intermission. Click here for her website. Photo by Nicole Tavenner.
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