Saddle up for “The Lone Rider”


Murder mysteries come in many flavours but this one is definitely unique and unmatched. Prepare for a rarely seen genre in the world of theatre: a whodunit western-comedy. “The Lone Rider”: A Large Number of Ways to Die in the West” plays at Winchester’s Old Town Hall this June.

Award winning and internationally produced local playwright, Mat Kelly, serves up his latest play with a side of rebellious cowgirl attitude. From the sharp shooting cattle baroness, to the crooked banker, to the saloon girl who knows too much for her own good, everyone has something to hide.

The play features Lynne LeBlanc as the Lone Rider; Braxton Bowers as the narrator; Scott Martin as Clarence; Caroline Zipfel as Daphne; Tim Sisson as Hank; Jack Guigue as Percival; Sabrina Ventrella as Mary; Emily-Marissa Laframboise as Rose; and Braxton Bowers, Sylvia Barlow, Brenda Windmill, and Joanna Ventrella as the Town Folk.

The plot twists and turns through several complications and leaves us a trail of clues leading to the murderer’s identity. The sheriff of Dry Stone is out of town, leading a posse in hot pursuit of a robber who just held up the local bank. This means that when deputy McCray is shot in town, the responsibility of catching his killer falls upon Percival Potts, an inexperienced greenhorn with allergies and a phobia of horses. Sound challenging? You bet! Percival’s investigation is made even more difficult since everyone in town has a reason to hate the dead man.

Fortunately, Percival is not alone in his search for the killer. A mysterious stranger has just ridden into town, on her own quest for justice, and she is willing to help Percival find the murderer. Kick up your spurs and enjoy the newest, and possibly the most playful and clever production from Mat Kelly.

Performances will be at The Old Town Hall: 478 Main Street, Winchester:

Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, 7:30 pm;
Sunday, June 16, 2 pm;
Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, 7:30 pm;
Sunday, June 23, 2pm.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth under 18. Purchase online at, or call: 613-297-0097. Or purchase in person at The Planted Arrow Flowers and Gifts, 501 St. Lawrence St., Winchester.


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