Production: The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

Music, Book And Lyrics: Rupert Holmes

Performance Dates:
March 5-7, 11-14 2004


This wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale (a hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe) "puts on" its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery. The story itself deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Now, Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper's nephew, young Edwin Drood. Our title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve-but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunit? Musical numbers include The Wage of Sin, Perfect Strangers, Both Sides of the Coin, Don't Quit While You're Ahead and Moonfall.

The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience toward one of DROOD'S most talked-about features, which allows the audience to vote on the solution as prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finale!

William Cartwright, Chairman / Mayor Sapsea: Wayne D. Wickman
Clive Paget /
John Jasper:
Dave Dixon
Victor Grinstead /
Neville Landless:
Matt Harvey
Cedric Moncrieffe /
Rev. Crisparkle:
Joe Malone
Nick Cricker Jr. /
Graig Shapiro
Phillip Bax /
Brian Sheldon
Nick Cricker /
Adam Coons
Alice Nutting /
Dick Datchery/Edwin Drood:
Heather D'Arcy
Deirdre Peregrine /
Rosa Bud:
Christina Nicotina
Janet Conover /
Helena Landless:
Christine Vermilea
Angela Prysock /
Princess Puffer:
Paula Ginder
Ensemble: Al Aumick
Brian Avery
Meighan Carivan-Esmond
Sue Culver
Jillian M. Dion
Deb May
Mariah Piasta
Eric Weiskopf
Director & Set Designer: Joe Phillps
Co-Producers: Peter & Madeline Codella
Musical Director: Stephen Sanborn
Choreographer: Lee Ryan
Rehearsal Accompanists: Joanne Mensching
Amy Heebner
Dave Orcutt
Stage Manager: Donna Z. Baxter
Props & Prompter: Carolyn J. Mills
Costume Designer: Lois LBounty
Lighting: Ken Zarnoch
Sound: David J. Wilkinson
Set Construction: Bob Farquharson
Varro Clarke
Richard Lenehan

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