The SCC Drama club proudly invites you to its production of Ron Bernas's "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone," a comedy murder mystery sure to have you laughing in the aisles. Here is a description from Samuel French:
"Winner! Community Theatre Association of Michigan New Plays Competition. This six-character comedy is a spoof of and love letter to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and to stage mysteries in general. It is a one-set, two-act piece featuring witty dialogue and slapstick comedy. The play opens with the rich, bored Matthew promising to kill his rich, bored wife Julia so he can become a jet setter like his friend who recently lost his wife. Julia, who's always about three steps ahead of him, plays along. And so the game begins - a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless.
During the year the play takes place, there are several mysterious deaths that occur on the grounds of the family estate, a butler who is not what he seems, a detective who can't buy a clue and two innocents (sort of) caught in the hilarity as they plan their wedding. While Julia cleverly dodges Matthew's devious murder attempts, the Perry friends and staff are dying off mysteriously. It seems Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but Julia.
As the bodies fall, dim-witted daughter Bunny contemplates calling off her wedding to unwitting Donald since all the intended gift-bearing guests are dying. Enter Detective Plotnik - a Sam Spade reincarnation who suspects everyone, but hasn't a clue. That is, not until Donald stumbles upon Julia and gentlemanly butler Buttram in what Donald mistakenly perceives as a compromising situation. Donald jumps to the conclusion that Julia is the murderer - trying to murder Matthew! It ends in a nice bang and with a bit of a message about the importance of love." -- Samuel French
Shows will be Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., with a matinee showing on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. All shows will be in Angelic Hall in Centre Square in Lebanon. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
The cast is as follows:
Matthew Perry: Will Phillips
Julia Perry: Jenna Niece
Bunny Perry: Tana Hatton
Donald: Deward Straub
Buttram: Bob Akin
Detective Plotnik: Dr. David Wallace
Stage Manager: Kaitlyn Smith
Director/Asst. Director: Dr. Becky Lee Meadows/Bob Akin
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