Park Players Presents Mystery Comedy ‘The Butler Did It’ | News, Sports, Jobs
WHEELING – An evening of mystery and hilarity awaits the lucky members of the public who will get the moment when the Park Players of Wheeling Park High School perform their fall play, Tim Kelly’s “The Butler Did It,” tonight. from Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13.
The play will take place at the high school’s JB Chambers Performing Arts Center.
The curtain goes up at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays, and the show is sure to thrill the audience.
As the publisher points out, this comedy parodies every English crime drama ever written: but it has a decidedly American flair. Miss Maple, a dowager renowned for her “smart” weekend parties, invites a group of detective writers to the bizarre Ravenswood Manor on the island of Turkey where they are to impersonate their fictional characters.
The hostess arranged all sorts of funny incidents: a mysterious voice on the radio, a menacing face at the window, a crazed killer on the loose. Who is that body in the wine cellar anyway? Why do the little figurines keep falling out of the mantle?
Then a real murder takes place and Miss Maple is outraged. She offers a huge reward to the “detective” who can bring the killer to justice. And what an assortment of wacky budding sleuths! When they’re not busy tripping over clues, they’re tripping over each other. Laughs are met with thrills, and the climax is a real seat-catcher as the real killer is unmasked, and nearly everyone turns out to be someone else.
Kayla Kreitzer Nelson, one of the theater directors and former student of Wheeling Park High School, is directing the production.
When asked about the production, Nelson said, “This production has been a joy to bring this cast to life. Each student brought to life every original character from Tim Kelly’s writing. It was an honor to watch them grow as actors and actresses and a true privilege to direct each of them in this year’s fall play.
The cast for this year’s play is made up of 11 of Park’s most talented students. Gabby Means leads the cast as the dowager Miss Maple. His social secretary Rita is played by Grace O’Neil. Clare Siebert takes on the role of Haversham, the governess of Ravenswood Manor. Hard-nosed, detective writer Chandler Marlow is played by Brendan Loy. Ayden Cottril takes on the role of Father White, a writer who used “the psychological approach” in his novels. Fun crime writer Louie Fan is played by Logan Frazier. Sophisticated mystery writers Laura and Rick Carlye are played by Natalie Archer and Alex Fabrizio, respectively. Addy Perks takes on the role of Charity Haze considered a female James Bond. The chilling radio voice is performed live on stage by Taylor Andrews.
Mr. Bill Cornforth, Ms. Isabella Droginske, Ms. Jennifer Mathieu, Mr. Scott Hedrick and Mr. Mike Harris assist Ms. Nelson as production assistants for the play.
Senior Sophie White acts as student leader and Ms. Nelson’s assistant director for production.
The show’s managers are Aidan O’Hare and Rylin Russell. Other Park Player team leaders include Chloe Humway, Jyllian Norman, Grace O’Neil, Kelsey Holeczy, Abby Stillion, Logan Frazier and Julie Walters.
Park Player performances bring together hundreds of people from the community to experience the creative minds of their talented cast and crew.
They hope to be able to count on your support.
Tickets can be purchased online at wphswv.booktix.com or reserved by calling the high school’s main office at 304-243-0400 or the theater at 304-243-0417.
Tickets are on sale now.