Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder, one by one they start to die. Welcome to the wonderful world of Agatha Christie, as Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents “And Then There Were None” on February 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m.; February 10 at 2 p.m.; and February 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will take place at the Tuttle Hall Theatre at the College of St. Joseph on 71 Clement Road.
There has been a resurgence of interest in this story in several different genres. PBS has produced a film, which was recently shown on public television and the book “And Then There Were None” was re-released. The play, which is based on the book of the same name, is one of the only adaptations that Agatha Christie wrote for the stage. It’s considered one of her superlative mystery-comedies.
Eight guests who have never met before — or their apparently absent host and hostess — are lured to an island mansion and, along with two house servants, are marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one…as one by one…they begin to die. Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?
Susan Gladding-Heitzman is director of the production, assisted by Janelle Faignant as stage manager. The rest of the crew includes producer Sandra Gartner, associate producer Kristen Hixon, set designer Danielle McKeighan, lighting designer David Lane, sound designer Evan Breault, costumer Nancy Ellery, set construction Bill Cruikshank and production photographer Lexi Laubach.
The eleven-person cast features some familiar actors, new faces, one CSJ student, and a cameo by CSJ President Jennifer Scott. Others featured in the show include Evan Breault, Kristen Hixon, Brent Merrill, Alex Nicosia, MJ Perkins, Gregory Higgins, Shannon McCall, Tom Smith and David Mosher.
A limited number of 75 seats are available for each performance, so advanced purchase is encouraged, but tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: 802tix.com, actorsreptvt.org, facebook.com/actorsrepertorytheatervt or in person at the Rutland Herald, 77 Grove Street, Suite 102.
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