North Grenville Community Theatre show is going to be Bloody Murder


by Steve Wendt

People who enjoy live theatre can get their tickets now for the quirky play, Bloody Murder, by author Ed Sala. The play being staged by the North Grenville Community Theatre runs from May 23 to May 26 at the Urbandale Arts Centre in Kemptville.

The play starts out on familiar ground. It looks like an Agatha Christie whodunnit, with the usual cast of stereotypical characters. For example, there is the British army major. At first glance he seems to be a friendly chap, although one who is too quick to pull out his old service revolver. As the guests gather in the stately country mansion, they all fit the standard cliches. One is a glamorous Countess, another is a washed-out actor whose only thrills now come from a bottle. We have the maid with a hidden past, in fact she has many hidden pasts, some of which come to visit. There is a sleazy nephew who wants to use his charm on every female he can find – including the flighty young ingenue who just wants to have a little fun.  The party is set at the very isolated home of wealthy Lady Somerset who, as she explains more than once, is far too sophisticated for murder. We are not convinced. It seems that all of these types could be guilty. And then the bodies start to pile up. Throw in a couple of bumbling detectives, a passing motorist, a priest and a nun and the scene becomes too much to believe. Of course, there is also an international jewel thief.

This play is not meant to be taken too seriously. In fact it is a parody of the standard form, which slips into comedy and theatre of the absurd. It is all pretend and nothing is what it seems. For one thing, the body count, eight, is more than the murder mystery average, that doesn’t make sense, does it? For the faint of heart – who may be fazed by all the guns, knives, and poison, rest assured. At the curtain call, all of the actors are OK, it is all illusion.

The cast has been rehearsing for months. Come out and see Alyson Reid (Lady Somerset), Dee Sheppard (Jane, the maid), Jasmine Churchill (Emma Reese), Al Billiald (Devon Tremaine), Tom Insley (The Major), Kevin Cockell (Charles), Alisa Insley (multiple roles) and Larisa Christensen (multiple roles). The show is directed for NGCT  by Steve Wendt and Robin Churchill and produced by Debbie MacGillivray and Catherine Potts-Halpin.

Evening performances run from Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM, that is May 23 through May 25.  There is also a Sunday showing at 1PM, May 26. NGCT is pleased to be offering a brunch before the Sunday show, which is served at 11 AM, also at the Urbandale Arts Centre.

Tickets are available at B&H Your Community Grocer in Kemptville. They may also be purchased online for an additional fee through the link at NGCT.CA.



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