Feb. 8 & 9, 15, 16, & 17 - THE BUTLER DID ITElm Street Congregational Church, Southbridge, MA
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents "The Butler Did It” written by Todd Wallinger. Performance dates are February 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30pm and February 17 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Parking is available on Elm Street, or in the parking deck behind the Southbridge Town Hall.
This murder mystery will be directed by Joe Sawyer and produced by Sue Adams. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales will be available in the near future at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Presented by permission through special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service.
When it comes to solving murder mysteries, it's always the one you least suspect! The very proper butler Jenkins and the fiery Cockney maid Sarah Jane are preparing the Covington household for a visit from Edwina Corry, the world's greatest mystery author and friend to Lady Miranda and Colonel Covington. Other guests arriving include Lady Covington's feisty old mother, their high-flying daughter Kat, their chatty priest who doesn't know when to quit and the caddish, eavesdropping neighbor boy Trevor. Things are soon thrown into confusion, however, when Trevor is found stabbed to death in the kitchen. On her arrival, Edwina eagerly launches an investigation into the murder. Unfortunately, the evidence is stacked against poor Jenkins from the start, and when the bloody knife is found in his pocket, the other members of the household tie him to a chair and call the police. The only problem? Jenkins claims he didn't do it. And now he's got just half an hour to prove his innocence - while still tied to the chair.
GATEWAY'S 2019 SEASON
The Butler Did It - February 8, 9, 15, 16 & 17, 2019
Everyone knows the Butler did it. That’s how all the old mysteries end. After a womanizing cad is found stabbed to death in an old English manor, the family's loyal butler is accused of the crime. Now he's out to prove his innocence--while tied to a chair. Written by Todd Wallinger. Directed by Joe Sawyer.
Sylvia – April 5, 6, 12, 13 & 14, 2019
Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: "The dog phase of my life is definitely over." But life has a way of giving you what you think you don't want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect. Written by A. R. Gurney. Directed by David Corkum.
The Savannah Sipping Society – June 7, 8, 14, 15 & 16, 2019
In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. Directed by Mary Gahagan.
Doctor Doolittle – July 19, 20 & 21, 2019
The musical tells the classic tale of a wacky but kind Doctor who can talk to animals. The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. Doctor Dolittle is wrongly accused of murder and, once pronounced innocent, continues with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth. Book, Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Directed by Patricia Haddock.
Tuesdays with Morrie – September 13, 14, 20, 21 & 22, 2019
The autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie's appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom. Directed by Sue Adams.
There’s a Monster in My Closet – October 4, 5 & 6, 2019
Fantasy and reality collide in this eclectic and fun musical romp! Emily’s having a sleepover with her best friend Stephanie when they discover there’s a monster in her closet! To investigate further (despite the incessant teasing of her big brother and his friends), Emily and Stephanie recruit their friends — sarcastic and skeptical Kelly, vain Mary, studious Brain, tomboy Tara and avid reader Megan — to help capture the monster. Book by Angela D. Stewart, Music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. Directed by Lou-Ellen Corkum.
A Murder is Announced – November 15, 16, 22, 23 & 24, 2019
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain. Written by Agatha Christie, Leslie Darbon. Directed by Erin Morin.
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