If you were paging through your newspaper and read a murder was to take place at 6:30 on a certain evening, at a particular private home, would you feel compelled to stop by?
I think most people would stay away. The frightfully curious would take that as an invitation, said Ken Corey, 23, of Uniondale, a cast member in the Misericordia Players' production of Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced.
For the townsfolk of quaint little Chipping Cleghorn, perhaps mild curiosity is all it takes.
Nothing really happens there, cast member Dinamichele Boyer, 20, of Allentown said. Everyone feels so comfortable and safe. People think, ‘Maybe it's a game; oh, I want to see what's going on.' That's the common mindset.
So, lady of the house Letitia Blacklock tries to be a gracious hostess as her neighbors come over. Her houseguests, of course, are on hand, because don't English people always have houseguests in dramas like this?
I think it's rather typical of the time period (shortly after World War II), director Don Hopkins said. Things were a little more relaxed. People didn't feel they had to live at a fast pace.
So there was plenty of leisure time for extended visits, and for solving murders – as Miss Marple does in this production.
There's so much information, said Boyer, who portrays the sleuth. It does take a couple of key events to have her be able to sort the relevant information from the not so relevant.
There are so many unexpected twists in the plot, Corey said, You almost have to see it twice to see how everything is put together.
I'm finding it incredibly entertaining, Boyer said earlier this week, predicting audiences will enjoy it as well.
Not only is the show filled with tricky clues, Corey said, It has a lot of humor, for being a murder mystery.
What: ‘A Murder Is Announced'
Who: Misericordia Players
When: 8 tonight and Saturday
Where: Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas
Tickets: $5, $3
More info: 674-6719