‘Funky, funny mystery murder’ lively entertainment for all

By Darrin Clark • Last Updated 12:05 pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Presley York (Larry Moss) samples the macroons as the other guests, Dr. Alberta Prince (Lindsay Tallian), Horatio Miles (Spencer Tower), Mimms (Ruthy Bolton) and Clayhorn (Ric Davenport) wait to see if they are poisoned in “And Then There Was One,” the Greenville Area Community Center’s 2012 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presentation. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

In a spoof paralleling Agatha Christie’s famous novel “And Then There Were None,” the Greenville Area Community Center 2012 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presents “And Then There Was One.”

An annual fundraiser for the center, the event is Friday and Saturday. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 at the community center located at 900 E. Kent Road. Tickets are $20 for both dinner and the show, or $15 for the show only. Tickets are available at the community center or by calling (616) 754-9163.

Dinner will consist of beef stroganoff, chicken fettuccini alfredo, garden salad with dressing, green beans with bacon and onion, dinner roll, fruit pie and sparkling punch. It is catered by Huckleberry’s Restaurant.

“It is kind of a funky, funny mystery murder, but it is a family show so there is no blood or gore,” Director Ruth Hansen said. “We know that people in Greenville community are going through a lot of struggles right now, and we hope they could come out, enjoy the show and lighten up and relax a little.”

The one-hour show begins with 10 people each receiving a mysterious invitation to a weekend party at the Reef Mansion on a tiny little island. Among the menagerie are famous singers and actors, a doctor, an inspector, and butler and a maid who seem to not have any connections.

The first to arrive are Clayhorn, the butler, and Mimms, the maid.

“I feel trapped. We can’t get off the island. I don’t know if we can pull this off,” said Mimms, portrayed by Ruthy Bolton.

“It’s only one weekend, but it is a great place to hide out,” responds Clayhorn, played by Ric Davenport.
The two have a great comedic touch with their puns and play-on-words dialogue.

The guests being to arrive, one by one, each puzzled as to why they were invited.

“This is all very mysterious,” said Dr. Alberta Prince, played by Lindsay Tallian. “I don’t know anything about the weekend or anyone here.”

The show includes only one detailed scene, with quick changes between the acts. The costumes enhance the characters, most are very strong, very experienced actors who can improvise if a line or two go awry, with the audience not even aware.

The host of the weekend retreat is missing and leaves only an ominous tape that bodes evil for the guests, who slowly, one by one, are murdered.

“There is no possible way anyone can get on or off the island,” said Prince.

“Then the killer must be somewhere in the house,” adds the inspector, Horatio Miles, played by Spencer Tower.

Some scenes, such as a chase scene and the blacklight scene at the end, are especially entertaining. “And Then There Was One” is a lively comedy for all to enjoy.

If you go …

What: “And Then There Was One”
Where: Greenville Area Community Center, 900 E. Kent Road.
When: Dinner at 6:30 and show at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets: $20 for dinner and show or $15 for show only, available at the community center
More information: (616) 754-9163

Cast and crew

Cast: Clayhorn, the butler, Ric Davenport; Mimms, the maid, Ruthy Bolton; Dr. Alberta Prince, Lindsay Tallian; Emily Plain, the plain woman, Jessica Hayes; Horatio Miles, the inspector, Spencer Tower; Presley York, the singer, Larry Moss; Heather Starlet, the ingenue, Becky Tower; Matthew Charisma, the handsome man, Jeremiah Souza; Maraget LaRue, the victim, Lila King; Delores Biggs, the actress, Hilda Sorvari.
Crew: Josilyn Katterhorn, Brittany Bassett, Meri Lacy, Austin Crissman and Chris Stoutjesdyk.

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville area resident.

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