SYRACUSE — Wawasee High School will be presenting “Murder On The Orient Express” as their fall production. The show is directed by Kristin Bonner. Joining Bonner on the production team are Mindy Coblentz, Chris Dykhuisen, and Jeremy Van Lue.
“Murder On The Orient Express” is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel. Most of the play takes place on a train where one of the travelers is murdered. Hercule Poirot is one of the travelers who is called upon to solve the case. There is a plot twist in this whodunit you won’t want to miss.
Because it was a smaller cast for this production, director Kristin Bonner opted for two strong casts that will share the performance dates, giving more students the opportunity to perform after a dedicated rehearsal season.
Cast members include Ethan Dennis and Clay Coblentz as Hercule Poirot; Clay Coblentz and Brady McDonald as M. Bouc; Gavin Malone and Ethan Dennis as Mr. Ratchett; Abraham Sanchez as Hector; Joshua Lesko and Gavin Malone as Colonel Arbuthnot; Brady Feeney and Cameron Jones as Michel; Christina Morrow and Karissa Boesenberg as Mary Debenham; Amelia Dement and Windsor Bonner as Mrs. Hubbard; McKenna Clay and Ava Weldy as Princess Dragomiroff; Sophia Smith and Sam Rose as Greta; Sophia Rush and Allyssa Perkins as Countess; Sydni Ewing and Molly McDonald as headwaiter/waitress; and Brady McDonald as waiter.
Crew members include Gwen Frank as student director; Laura Arford and Kaylie Nunemaker, stage managers; Christina Morrow and Weston Plikerd, tech managers; Lynk Klinefelter and Henry Levinson, lights operators; Wesley Wirebaugh and Christopher Estrada, sound operators; Caden Edgar and Penelope Jones, spotlight operators; Alex Shock and Finnely Jones, projector operators; and Charlie Krull, Anthony Brace, Maddie Loftis and Kayla Voss, stage crew.
Show dates are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19, with the final performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Wawasee High School Auditorium.
Tickets range from $8 to $10 with options for a VIP Dinner on The Orient Express Dining Car before the November 11, 12, 18 and 19 shows.
Seating for the VIP Dinner is limited. Patrons may also wish to choose the “Adopt an Actor” option for $15, which offsets the cost for students who may have financial need.
Seating is reserved and online purchasing is recommended by clicking here or at the door if not sold out prior to show night. The ticket price at the door will be $12 for all seats.