This Friday, Second Street Players will present the 2013 fall murder mystery Rehearsal For Murder at the Riverfront Theatre in downtown Milford. The show will run Fridays September 27 and October 4 at 8pm, Saturdays September 28 and October 5 at 8pm and Sundays September 29 and October 6 at 3pm. D.D. Brooke’s adaptation of Richard Levinson and William Link’s classic teleplay, this show will have the audience guessing until the final and unexpected climax reveals all.
Rehearsal for Murder’s mystery begins when a beautiful actress dies in what everyone believes was a suicide. Her fiancé, a successful playwright, is unconvinced and he sets out to corner her killer by penning a new play that chronicles the events of that fateful night, and then invites all the suspects to rehearse the show.
Directed by Second Streets Players’ Debra Passwaters, this play about a play within a play, keeps the audience analyzing facts and predicting motives, as they try to figure out who the killer could be.
“The twist at the end you will not see coming,” commented Passwaters. “For those that love murder mysteries it will keep you guessing until the end.” This show marks Debra’s directing debut on the Main Stage with the Second Street Players. She has directed the children’s play Three Billy Goats and was the Assistant Director for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!
Assuming the lead role in Rehearsal For Murder, veteran actor Steven Twilley plays Alex Dennison, the director that writes a play in an attempt to catch the true killer of his fiancée Monica Welles. Dennison leads the actors through a disguised interrogation while suggesting what each of their motives might be. Through the show he continues to guide the audience with him through his investigation.
“I love the show because it is about performing in the theater, “ commented Twilley. “Dennison is someone who is very successful and charming but as the show develops the audience begins to see different sides of him. I love the way it keeps the audience questioning who the murderer is.” Performing with the Second Street Players for over 15 years, Twilley becomes the narrater of the mystery, speaking to the audience and directing them towards the clues.
Actor Linda Killion plays the role of Monica Welles, the actress who was murdered after the debut of the original show. Her believed suicide becomes the center of attention and genesis for Alex’s inquisitive play.
“It is always fun to play a movie star,” commented Killion. “This show is a lot of fun with a lot of drama and surprises.” Killion is a veteran of theatre for over 30 years, performing her second show with Second Street Players this year in Steel Magnolias.
The supporting cast of suspects include Amber Clifford as Sally Bean, Aubrey Edwards as Loretta, Mark Dissinger as Lloyd Andrews, Deanna Duby as Bella Lamb, Julie Finley as Karen Daniels, Dennis McGeady as David Matthews and Curtis Howard as Leo Gibbs. The show is directed by Debra Passwaters and Steven Dow and produced by Maria Fry.
Rehearsal For Dinner will begin this Friday at the Riverfront Theatre in downtown Milford. The show will run Fridays September 27 and October 4 at 8pm, Saturdays September 28 and October 5 at 8pm and Sundays September 29 and October 6 at 3pm. Tickets are available at the door, by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.secondstreetplayers.com/Box-Office.html.