Ken Ludwig’s The Games Afoot, November 1 – 11 at the St. Marys Town Hall Theatre
On November 1st, the St. Marys Community Players begins its 45th season with a murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle – Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot.
It’s Christmas Eve, 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his theatrical portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.
Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays made its world premiere at the Cleveland Playhouse Nov. 25, 2011.
“From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre.
Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” -Cleveland Examiner In the vein of the best “whodunit” murder mysteries, the plot takes many twists and turns. The dialogue is witty and fast-paced; there’s suspense within the laughter and even when you think you’ve figured out who the bad guy is, you will start to question yourself when the plot takes an unexpected twist.
“It’s a pleasure to be working again with all my friends at St. Marys Community Players,” states Tania Harvey, Director. “This is a wonderful comedic thriller and it’s terrific to direct the first production of SMCP’s 45th anniversary season.”
The Game’s Afoot is directed by Tania Harvey, and features SMCP’s favourable cast Leasa Barclay, Jamie Cottle, Vanessa Guiliano, Liane Gregory-Sterritt, D’Arcy Irvine, Taylor Jordan, LauraJean McCann, and Michael Neale who is making his SMCP debut. Set design by Don Wells, lighting design by Gary Austin, sound by Shawn Harvey, costumes by Tania Harvey, stage management by Altiera Essensa and produced by Christin Bossenberry.
A free After Show Talk on Sunday, Nov. 4 following the performance, we have an opportunity to talk with Peter Calamai, an expert on Sherlock Holmes. Calamai was admitted to the Order of Canada for his journalism and his years of work furthering adult literacy. You also have an opportunity for a question and answer with the director and the cast of the show. All are welcome to join us, whether you have a ticket to the matinee performance that afternoon or not, you can still come to the theatre for the After Show Talk. This talk, and the question and answer session begins shortly after the curtain is drawn and runs until approximately 5:30 pm.
The Game’s Afoot opens at the historic St. Marys Town Hall Theatre on November 1st and runs through November 11th, 2018. Performance times are Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Evening performances are Thursday, Nov 1 (preview) and Friday, Nov 2 (opening) at 8:00 pm, Thursday, Nov. 8, Friday, Nov. 9, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 pm and final show on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 pm.
Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for preview, and are available by calling the SMCP ticket office at Sun Rayz at 519-284-4826 or in person at 113 Queen St. E. during business hours. Visa,
MasterCard, debit are accepted, or at our website www.stmaryscommunityplayers.ca. The Town Hall Theatre is located at 175 Queen St. E, St. Marys, ON.