By: Shannon Kellogg
The latest Warren Players production, Dead and Breakfast, will be taking place in the 3rd floor Library Room at Struthers Library Theatre on March 8, 9, and 10, at 7:00 pm and Sunday March 11, at 2:00 pm. It features an all high school cast, most of whom are making their acting debut, and a first time director, Mrs. Adrianne Hunt. The play is being produced by Mayan Cook. The lead roles are filled by Bryce McCracken, a senior from WAHS, and Shannon Kellogg, a junior from EHS, who, together, will be playing a newlywed couple headed on their honeymoon.
Written by Craig Sodaro, this comedic play tells the story of ace private eye, Nick Noir, and his bride and secretary, Selma Noir, as they set out for their honeymoon on a sailboat. When the couple’s boat crashes on a Caribbean island, they have no choice but to stay at the Jolly Rodger Bed and Breakfast, where the guests are anything but ordinary. The story follows the couple as they spend the weekend not only trying to solve a murder, but trying to stay alive.
The small cast of 13 began rehearsing in January and has begun putting the final, finishing touches on this two act production over the past few weeks. Cast member and sophomore at Eisenhower High School, Ashley Hall told The Squire, “The cast is so welcoming and we’ve all grown so close to each other over a little period of time. We’re like a family now.”
This “family” of characters includes of group of employees from the island, including Miss Violet Van Leer, Dexter, Charlie, and Darlene. The only other permanent resident on the island is a beachcomber by the name of Davey Jones. The rest of the characters are all famous people who have been invited to the island for a reason unknown to them. They include Ozzie and Dora Hawkins, a Congressman and his wife; Patsy Robbins, a famous country singer; Emmie Bloom, a homemaking enthusiast; Zona Zou, a mystery writer; and Alma DeGroot, a hypnotist. Director Mrs. Adrianne Hunt commented that she “loves all of the characters because I’ve found something in all of them that makes me laugh, but I think my favorite part is when the character of Emmie Bloom is introduced.”
When The Squire asked what the audience should expect when they come to the show the director answered, “Be ready to laugh! These characters are all people that you’ve seen before, but there’s a unique twist in each of them that you won’t expect.” The cast hopes to see you there!
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the box office at 814-723-7231. They are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Get your tickets soon and join the cast of Dead and Breakfast for a delightful evening of laughter and su