Muskegon Civic Theatre opens new season with ‘A Murder is Announced’

Muskegon Civic Theatre this Friday, Sept. 16 will open its 2016-2017 season with playwright Leslie Darbon’s adaptation of mystery novelist Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced.”

The show will run through Oct. 1 at the Beardsley Theater in downtown Muskegon.

In “A Murder is Announced,” a newspaper runs an item stating the time and place of a murder that has not yet been committed. Of course, in short order somebody winds up dead.

The characters then show up at a Christie staple, a Victorian mansion. Ensuing is a singular Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector, and Christie super sleuth Miss Marple to figure the whole thing out.

Director Kirk Wahamaki’s cast includes Martha Kallenbach (pictured) as Miss Marple, Cynthia Bates Twining as Letitia Blacklock, Helen Sherman as Dora Bunner, Kristopher Arnold as Patrick Simmons, Robin Willi as Julia Simmons, Katie Dale Smith as Phillipa Haymes, Alison Gilde as Mitzi, Vicki Everitt as Mrs. Swettenham, Jacob Davis as Edmund Swettenham, Joe Hasper as Rudi Scherz, Jason Paul Bertoia as Inspector Craddock, and Walter Mrotz as Sergeant Mellors.

Ellen Pallasch is assistant director and stage manager. Mike Pallasch is set designer. Bill Hendon is technical director. Jim Allen is lighting designer. Sound designer is David Riegler. Properties are set decoration are by Leslye Witt. Costume designer is Susan Eyler. Makeup and hair is being done by Jennie Mrotz.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for students and senior citizens.

They are available at the Frauenthal Center Box Office which is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (call 231-727-8001); online at MCT’s website,; or by calling Star Tickets, (800) 585-3737.

Categories: Theatre

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