Mystery of Edwin Drood

Mystery of Edwin Drood

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. Wickhman
  • Clive Paget: Dave Dixon
  • Victor Grinstead /Neville Landless: Matt Harvey
  • Cedric Moncrieffe /Rev. Crisparkle: Joe Malone
  • Master Nick Cricker Jr. /Deputy: Graig Shapiro
  • Phillip Bax /Bazzard: Brian Sheldon
  • Nick Cricker /Durdles: 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: Casey Dinkin, Andrew Shelton, Al Aumick, Brian Avery, Meighan Carivan-Esmond, Sue Culver, Jillian M. Dion, Deb May, Mariah Piasta, Eric Weiskopf

Production Team

  • Director & Set Designer: Joe Phillps
  • Co-Producers: Peter & Madeline Codella
  • Music Director: Stephen Sanborn
  • Choreographer: Lee Ryan
  • Stage Manager: Donna Z. Baxter
  • Props & Prompter: Carolyn J. Mills
  • Costume Designer: Lois LaBounty
  • Lighting: Ken Zarnoch
  • Sound: David J. Wilkinson
  • Set Design/Construction: Bob Farquharson & team
  • Makeup Design: Marcia Lenehan

March 5-7 & 11-14, 2004