The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes
November 16 – December 28
Opening Night Nov. 16, Preview Nov. 15, Pay-What-You-Can Nov. 14
EVENING – Nov 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30; Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
MATINEE – Nov. 20 (Wed.), 23 (Sat.); Dec. 8 (Sun.), 15 (Sun.), 18 (Wed.), 28 (Sat.)
A different story every night! Based on Charles Dickens’ final unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer. The tale is presented as a show-within-a-show, as the Music Hall Royale – a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company – presents Dickens’ brooding mystery. GREAT music, lots of musical hall dancing, and some really fun twists along the way!
Read an article from The Chesterfield Observer featuring Interviews with "Drood" Director Tom Width and Actor Michael Gray.
Read this article by Kristi Higgins of The Progress-Index about the performance and art exhibit.
"Swift Creek Mill’s 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' is a delight, bringing suspense and a lot of fun to audiences this holiday season. It’s a mystery with a twist, a metatheatrical comedy about the backstage dynamics of a troupe of actors, and a satisfying musical with all the necessary talent to back it up." Claire Boswell, Style Weekly. Read the full review.
"Tom Width’s production is splendid and funny, gaudy and melodious, with tongue-in-cheek melodrama and vocal audience participation...superb vocals and acting by Richmond’s well chosen finest." Una Harrison, The Progress-Index. Read the full review.
"[Director Tom] Width has a great feel for this material...There's tremendous affection and verve in his direction, and the large cast is accomplished and committed." Susan Haubenstock, Broadway World. Read the full review.
"[The Mystery of Edwin Drood]..amuses without pushing a message or focusing on a moral or worries about being politically correct or any of that...There are some strong voices, particularly Michael Gray as the protagonist John Jasper, and Paige Reisenfeld as the romantic interest, Rosa Bud. The huge cast – nearly twenty – often spills over the edges of the relatively small stage, and director Tom Width, who clearly enjoys this unbridled parody, uses this to heighten the comic effect and interactive nature of the show. (Julinda D. Lewis, RVArt Review) Read the full review.
Mayor Sapsea/William Cartwright: Richard Travis
John Jasper/Clive Paget: Michael Gray
Edwin Drood/Alice Nutting: Rachel Marrs
Rosa Bud/Deirdre Peregrine: Paige Reisenfeld
Helena Landless/Janet Conover: Donna Marie Miller
Neville Landless/Victor Grinstead: Ian Page
Reverend Crisparkle/Cedric Moncrieffe: PJ Llewellyn
Princess Puffer/Angela Prysock: Jacqueline O’Connor
Durdles/Nick Cricker: Michael McMullen
Deputy/Master Nick Cricker: Bryan Harris
Beatrice/Florence Gill: Ingrid Young
Wendy/Flo/Isabel Yearsley: Elisabeth Ashby
Citizen/James Throttle: Alvan Bolling II
Bazzard/Phillip Bax: Kenneth Putnam
Horace/Nicholas Michael: David Janosik
Citizen/Violet Balfour: Haley Mizelle
Succubus/Ensemble: Tascha Anderson
Seniors, Military & Students: $35
*Processing fees and tax may apply
Fridays, Saturdays, Select Thursdays, 8:00 pm
Matinees Select Dates, 2:30 pm
Doors Open for Dining 2 Hours Prior to Curtain, Reservations Required