Crash! Oh no, was that Lady Covington’s good china?
“Not anymore, it ain’t,” remarks Sarah, the Cockney maid.
While Jenkins, the very proper butler, helps clumsy Sarah pick up the shards, he tells her why they’re preparing the manor house for a special party. Lady Covington’s old school chum, Edwina the mystery author, has published a new book, and this celebration will be in her honor.
“I don’t see why people read them mysteries anyway,” Sarah remarks. “Anyone with ‘alf a brain knows who the killer is before they even open the book … the butler did it, of course!”
Welcome to “The Butler Did It!” an interactive murder-mystery the Nuremberg Community Players Inc. will present tonight and Saturday at The Towers Bar and Restaurant in Fern Glen.
Indeed there will be a killing, and it’s up to the audience to decide who stabbed Trevor the wealthy neighbor and vote accordingly. But here’s a clue. Although the other characters seem to think Jenkins did it, the audience will know he’s been set up. They’ll look for evidence as to the identity of the real murderer, and of course so will Jenkins.
The task may be more difficult for the butler because, as chief suspect, he’s been tied to a chair for safekeeping until the police arrive.
And what about the dead person? Did he have a lot of enemies?
“I don’t dislike him,” said Wayne Seely, who portrays Colonel Covington. Speaking as the colonel, Seely said Trevor “asked my daughter to marry him and, even though she doesn’t care if she gets married or not, she agreed, to please me. I wanted her to get married.”
Hmmm. Right there, that could be a motive for the daughter.
And, in fact, the colonel could be lying. Maybe he’s not the perfect host after all …
But what about Father Timothy, the talkative vicar? Or the neighbor lad who’s a bit of a cad?
Edwina the author probably didn’t do it. Pending the arrival of the police, she’s playing detective. Or is that just her way of covering up?
Then there’s Lady Covington and her eccentric mother, Gram, a feisty lady who thinks the Boer War is still going on.
It could have been anyone, and audience members will have a chance at intermission to cast their votes for the person they think is the likely killer. Winners will be drawn from the basket with the correct answers, and prizes will be awarded.
The show has a lot of humor and action, director Kathy Rhoads said, starting with the actual breaking of real dishes.
“We’ve been breaking real dishes all along in rehearsal. The maid has to practice breaking her dishes,” Rhoads said, admitting “Lady Covington’s china” came from Goodwill.