Ready to hit the stage
REED CITY — Lights ...Action ...Enter, stage right.
Everything is ready to go for a rollicking premere performance of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” as local thespians hit the boards for their seasonal offering.
The Crossroads Theater Guild will be presenting the mystery play April 26-27 at 7 p.m. April 27-28 at 2 p.m., May 3 at 7 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m. at the new Guild performance center in the old Congregational Church across from the Osceola County Courthouse.
In this classic mystery drama eight people, all strangers to each other, are invited to Indian Island, off the English coast. They all think they have been hired, invited, or requested to the island’s mansion for differing reasons. Some think they are just going to visit friends.
Then, one by one, they begin to die mysterious deaths, and a similarity is drawn between the horrifying occurrences and the old children’s rhyme:
“Ten little Indians standin' in a line, One toddled home and then there were nine;
“Nine little Indians swingin' on a gate, One tumbled off and then there were eight ...”
The Guild players have been rehearsing since the middle of January.
“I like the way you’re always trying to guess who’s doing the killing,” said producer Deb Lockwood. “I think it will keep the audience on their toes.”
She said the play entertains with drama, intrigue and suspense.
Organizers hope people will not only come to see the play for an evening of entertainment, but also to support local theater and to see how they might get involved as well.
Lockwood said the guild has opportunities for people of all abilities to take part and volunteer their time with aspects besides acting, including the costume, tech and creative departments.
“There’s a job for everybody if you want to get involved,” Lockwood said. “It’s a good place to start and see what it’s like.”
Guild planners are already discussing a number of potential summer projects, including some collaborative efforts with neighboring theater groups. There are ideas for growing, developing, and getting more and more people involved in sustainable local theater.
There are also plans in the works for the creation of a some youth program for the summer, introducing kids to the joy of theater arts while simply giving them something to do.
Tickets for “Andd Then There Were None” can be purchased at The Depot in Reed City and from cast members.
Tickets can be reserved by calling 231-734-9859 or by email at email@example.com