Shows: May 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 2021

Auditions: February 24 and 25

The audience’s help is needed to solve the baffling theft at Shady Acres, a cozy hotel tucked away in the remote English countryside. The hotel staff is frantically preparing for the arrival of their most prestigious guests ever — the wealthy and famous Fairfaxes from America.  Everything seems to be going awry as the hotel is turned topsy-turvy with zany activity.  Finally, hotel manager Mr. Clifford manages to usher the English Tea Garden tour group out of the lobby early and to straighten out the confusion between the Fairfaxes and the Brighthams, another pair of wealthy guests.  Just when he thinks everything is going smoothly, Mrs. Fairfax’s valuable diamond necklace is stolen!  Who could it be?  And who is the mysterious man lurking about who signed the hotel register as Mr. X?  The police discover that practically everyone at the hotel has a motive.  Having a flamboyant but ineffective detective and his assistant arrive on the scene competing to solve the case first only makes matters worse.  Good thing the audience is there to help point out the clues and analyse characters’ motivations. 

HOTEL STAFF AND GUESTS

EDWARD FAIRFAX, a wealthy, middle-aged American hotel guest

BLANCHE FAIRFAX, Edward’s beautiful but snobbish wife

AUDREY ROCHESTER, attractive American secretary

STANLEY LARSON, charming but penniless British chap

ALBERT BRIGHTHAM,  hotel guest

INGRID BRIGHTHAM, Albert’s wife

MR. X, mysterious man in black

MR. HENRY CLIFFORD, hotel owner and manager

NIGEL, desk clerk

HEIMLICH, German chef

GRETA WHYTE, maid

BETH MORGAN, another

LAVINIA CRAWFORD, another

ENGLISH TEA GARDEN TOUR GROUP

CATHY, enthusiastic tour guide

FREDERICA FRUMPET, grumpy elderly woman

LOIS BANKS, middle class traveller

 

POLICE

CHIEF DOVER WICKFIELD, Chief of Police, heads up the investigation

LT. THEODORE DORRIT, member of the police department

SGT FARLEY O’DOYLE, another

 

DETECTIVE AGENCY

DETECTIVE PHILIP THORNTON, flamboyant and ineffective  “private eye”

EMMA REID, Thornton’s efficient and intelligent assistant

Directors:

Toby McKenzie
Jo Van Leerdam

 

Producer:

Sue Place

Technical Director:
Tony Dupleix

 

Costume Manager:

Briony Howells

Stage Manager:

Sue Place

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