CAPTION: "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" brings lots of local talent to the Lakeshore Players stage. Front L-R: Daria Turner (White Bear Township), Cole Hauble (Dellwood), John Kundtz (Minneapolis), Back L-R: Dean Elwell (New Brighton), Alexa Weingarden (St. Paul), Emma Shine (New Hope), Emily Grodzik (Minneapolis)
Charles Dickens meets Agatha Christie Oct 23-Nov 16 in the hit Murder Mystery Musical "DROOD" at Lakeshore Players
Talented performers from across the metro area flocked to Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake to put on the whodunnit musical comedy "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." Based on Charles Dickens’ last unfinished novel, "Drood" keeps everyone guessing – even the actors – until the end when the audience decides “whodunnit.”
This Rupert Holmes musical is set at the Music Hall Royale featuring an vivacious group of Victorian actors played by skilled twin cities performers. There’s high-spirited song and dance, comedy, romance, a woman disguised as a man, and much more. Edwin Drood goes missing--but is he dead? If so, then who murdered young Drood? Was it John Jasper, the choirmaster with a violent split personality who is in love with his student Rosa Bud? Or was it the good Reverend Crisparkle, the infamous Princess Puffer, or someone else? With a multitude of suspects, the audience gets to write the ending that Charles Dickens didn’t.
"There is a reason that this musical won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It is an exuberant and interactive show that keeps you thinking, laughing, and listening to fabulous music--perfect for our 62nd season, " says Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski.
"This is one of my all-time favorite musicals," exclaims Lakeshore regular and cast member Anissa Lubbers.
"Drood" performances are October 23 through November 16, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue in White Bear Lake.
Special "Drood" Events:
-The $12 preview performance is Thursday, October 23.
-An opening night reception is included in the ticket price on Friday, October 24. Catered by Ingredients Cafe, the reception immediately follows the performance.
-Pay-what-you-can rush tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. while supplies last on Saturday, October 25.
-Find out more about the show and how Lakeshore brings a story from page to stage at a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the matinee performance on Sunday, October 26.
Regular priced tickets are $18-$23 and may be reserved in advance with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. To purchase tickets in advance and select your own seats, go to LakeshorePlayers.com (no addtional ticket fees) or call 651-429-5674.
Funding for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" was made possible in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and from generous contributions from Lakeshore Players supporters.
CAST MEMBERS AND COMMUNITIES:
WHITE BEAR LAKE: Niko Simmons ("Crisparkle"), Alan Cloud (Ensemble)
ARTISTIC TEAM AND COMMUNITIES:
Props Master: Sara Kessler (Hudson, WI)
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Ben Ratkowski, Artistic Director
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Oct 23, Thurs (7:30 pm)
Oct 30, Thur (7:30 p.m.)
Nov 6, Thur, (7:30 p.m.)
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