GRANVILLE, Ohio—Denison University Singer’s Theatre Workshop presents “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” by Rupert Holmes, under the direction of Belinda Andrews-Smith. Performances take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, in Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pam Hughes at 740-587-6220 or visit www.denison.edu.
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is a musical based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. The show received Tony Awards for best musical, book and score in 1986. This “play-within-a-play” murder mystery musical is filled with energy and encourages audience participation. The audience actually chooses the murderer; thereby creating a different ending for each performance.
This Singer’s Theatre Workshop production features an ensemble cast of 31 talented students, with sets by Emmy Award winning Clapp & Campbell Enterprises, choreography by Stephanie Dennehy and Bart Smith, and costumes by Costume Specialists. The accompaniment is provided by conductor Kevin N. Wines with Mary Libertini and Chris Baker. Principals in the show are: John Arnold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) as Reverend Crisparkle, JD Carter (Sarasota, Fla.) as Durdles, Ben Chiewphasa (Manhatten Beach, Calif.) as Neville Landless, Molly Coyne (Smyrna, Ga.) as Rosa Bud, Alexa Dorris (Indianapolis) as Helena Landless, Alec Lee (Cincinnati) as the Chairman, Chris Morriss (Allendale, N.J.) as John Jasper, Herb Porter (Columbus, Ohio) as Bazzard, Ian Shapiro (Xenia, Ohio) as Deputy, Vanessa Theus (Beloit Wisc.) as Edwin Drood, and Laura Wilson (Bakersfield, Calif.) as Princess Puffer. Featured dancers Amanda Chase (Albuquerque), Devin Daro (Wickliffe, Ohio), Ariana Gray Be (University Heights, Ohio), Elena Johannsen (Rockford, Ill.), Jen Salkin (Solon, Ohio) and Anne Tracy (Hanover, N.H.) appear in the show along with ensemble members; William Blount (Newark, Ohio), Matt DeMotts (St. Cloud. Minn.), Elyse Dolan (Canal Winchester, Ohio), Niki Feehan (Granville, Ohio), Scot Fenton (Stuart, Ohio), Joey Firoben (Westerville, Ohio), Ben Flox (University Heights, Ohio), Dylan Haessly (Rocky River, Ohio), Megan McCormick (Hinsdale, Ill.), Madeleine Oulevey (Arnoldsville, Ga.), Katie Rosa (New Kingston, N.Y.), Adam Safer (Naperville, Ill.), Emily Schuman (New York), and Emily Smith (Mars, Pa.).