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Characters involved in mysterious deaths are all suspects in “And Then There Were None”, as they cast suspicious eyes on each other. From left, the cast includes (seated) Pete Herzog, Liz Berg, Phylipe Bell, Karla Johnson, Jen Anderson, and (standing) Isaak Anderson, Larry Petrone, Eddie Binda, Gary Binda, Ben Gordon, and Travis Chaput. - photos submitted
Former police inspector William Blore (Ben Gordon, left) suspects Philip Lombard (Eddie Binda) as a possible killer in “and Then There Were None”

‘And Then There Were None’ to open Feb. 16

Web posted February 13, 2018
Pequot Lakes Community Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” Feb. 16-18 and 23-25 in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

Director Craig Friday and crew are preparing 11 local actors and actresses for this show, which includes evening performances at 7:30 Feb. 16, 17, 23, and 24 and 2 p.m. matinees Feb. 18 and 25.

It is from Christie’s best-selling novel, one of the best-selling books of all time.

Ten strangers are summoned to the remote island mansion of an unknown host – one “Mr. Owen.” They have but one thing in common: Each of them has a secret to hide and a crime for which they must pay.

Each has been marked for murder.

“And Then There Were None” is one of Christie’s darkest tales and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension will keep you guessing to the very end.

When they arrive, the guests are greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, the butler and housekeeper, who report that the host will not arrive until the next day.

They become stranded as the weather takes a turn for the worse. The group is cut off from the mainland. The bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme.

Vera Claythorne, a former governess, thinks she has been hired as a secretary; Philip Lombard, an adventurer, and William Blore, an ex-detective, think they have been hired to look out for trouble over the weekend; Dr. Armstrong thinks he has been hired to look after the wife of the island’s owner. Emily Brent, General Macarthur, Tony Marston, and Judge Wargrave think they are going to visit old friends.

That evening, as all the guests gather in the drawing room after an excellent dinner, they hear a recorded voice accusing each of them of a specific murder committed in the past and never uncovered. They compare notes and realize that none of them, including the servants, knows “Mr. Owen,” which suggests that they were brought here according to someone’s strange plan.

As they discuss what to do, Tony Marston chokes on poisoned whiskey and dies. Frightened, the party retreats to bed, where almost everyone is plagued by guilt and memories of their crimes. Vera Claythorne notices the similarity between the death of Marston and the first verse of a nursery rhyme, “Ten Little Soldier Boys,” that hangs over the fireplace mantel. They all claim their innocence but yet they are all suspects. Who will survive? Who is the killer? The tension escalates as the survivors realize the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again.

The characters and actors portraying them:
Fred Narracott - Gary Binda, Crosslake; Mr. (Tom) Rogers - Isaak Anderson, Pine River; Mrs. (Ethel) Rogers – Liz Berg, Pequot Lakes; Anthony Marston - Phylipe Bell, Pequot Lakes; Vera Claythorne - Karla Johnson, Brainerd; Philip Lombard - Eddie Binda, Merrifield; Dr. Armstrong - Travis Chaput, Brainerd; William Blore - Ben Gordon, Pine River; Emily Brent - Jen Anderson, Pine River; General Mackenzie - Larry Petron, Nisswa; Justice Lawrence Wargrave - Peter Herzog, Pequot Lakes.

The production crew includes Stage Manager Julie Friday of Crosslake, Technical Director Kim Utesch of Pine River, Technicians Jared Foss of Brainerd and Matthew Bonfig of Merrifield, Set Designer and Builder Tim Leagjeld of Pine River, Costumer Debra Binda of Crosslake, and Properties Master Gary Binda of Crosslake.

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., this production is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Local sponsor is Central Lakes College Theatre.

The play’s subject matter is intended for mature audiences and may not be suitable for those under age 12. For information and tickets contact Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. Reserved seats also may be purchased online at www.glapa.info

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