9:30 a.m., June 10)
Older Players deliver pair of hilarious whodunits
DeWitt and her trusted sidekick Tivo check out the dead butler in the second of
two plays put on by OYP's Orleans Older Players class on Monday and Tuesday night.
21 performances in 31 nights featuring budding actors and actresses seven to 17,
the Orleans Young Players Spring Festival came to a close on Tuesday night with
the second of two performances by the theatre school's senior thespians.
Orleans Older Players class was formed three years ago to give the east end's
slightly more mature residents their moment under the lights. Past OOPS productions
include The Little Bird and A Robin Hood Adventure.
year's class tackled a pair of productions written by OYP alumnus Gordon Watts
and directed by former ENCORE! artistic director Jennn Jarvis.
first play, An Unfortunate Series of Murders, was a funny spoof of the
traditional whodunit in which a bumbling detective, played by Micheline Mathon,
must solve a mysterious murder by midnight.
list of supects includes the dead man's wife, his personal physician, the hosts
of the dinner party and the butler. During the course of the play the suspects
start dying off every time the lights go out. By the end of the play the only
two people left are the detective and the butler who's holding the rife.
the extremely obvious, the detective is convinced that the deceased accidentally
stabbed himself with a dinner knife, the dinner party hosts each shot themselves
mishandling the rifle, the doctor fell on a knife and the wife died when she tripped
while struggling for the gun with the butler and cracked her head on the coffee
deduced and absolutely hilarious. The second play, Death by Murder, was
actually a sequel of the first in which the butler is on the same cruise as Detective
Dewitt who has a sidekick with her named Tivo.
play is barely five minutes old when the lights go out and five shots are fired.
When the lights come back on, the butler is lying dead on the couch and Detective
DeWitt immediately springs into action.
questioning the potential suspects including an aging soap opera star who keeps
going in and out of character, played by OOPS veteran Tina Chan, and the sister
of the wife from the earlier play, DeWit concludes that everyone is guilty except
for the sister who is allowed to go free despite repeatedly confessing to the
there were a few hiccups throughout both plays, you could tell that the cast was
having a ball.
one point during An Unfortunate Series of Murders, Natouchka Fley, who
plays the doctor, falls dead on top of an already deceased Mrs. Trent who's played
by Chan. You can tell both ladies start giggling while they're lying there, which
almost spreads to the other cast members.
Fley and Chan did double duty in the two plays as did Pierre Laroque, another
OOPS regular who played Mr. Trent in the first play and Simon in the second production,
and Krystal Moore who played the wife in An Unfortunate Series of Murders
and a lawyer in Death by Murder.
Peircy was in both plays as well but he played the dead body in the first play.
In the second production he played Simon's friend Alfred. The Chief of Police
was played by Linas Poupore. Liz Bakken played the Butler and Jarvis left the
director's chair to play the sister in Death by Murder.
the Monday night and Tuesday night performances were dedicated to Gordon Watts'
mother Shelia who is suffering from advanced ALS.
Orleans Older Players class runs from January to June and is limited to about
12 students. For more information about OOPS! or the Orleans Young Players theatrical
program in general visit www.oyplayers.on.ca.
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