Long Beach Playhouse Kicks Off 2015 With Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile on The Mainstage

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Christie’s thrilling whodunit will be getting a fresh staging on the Mainstage to start 2015 off right. Murder on the Nile promises a host of colorful characters and all the twists and turns of a classic Christie to keep you guessing to the final shattering climax.

“This is the first show of the year for the Mainstage and what a way to come out of the starting gate,” said Andrew Vonderschmitt, producing artistic director, “Who doesn’t love a good mystery?” 

Is there any better way to celebrate a marriage than a romantic honeymoon aboard a paddle steamer cruising down the Nile?  There must be, especially if the bride ends up dead and the groom grievously wounded!  In this classic by the modern mistress of mystery, we travel through the Dark Continent along with master sleuth, Canon Pennefather, as he uncovers an audacious conspiracy and brings the criminals to justice.  Passion, jealousy, infidelity, and murder, make this a honeymoon cruise you will not soon forget.  Play along and see if you can solve the crime before they are revealed.

The show features some new faces as well as some veterans to the Playhouse stage.

ORDER OF APPEARANCE
Robert Agiu (STEWARD)
Ahmed Baagil (BEADSELLER)
Jerome Loeb (BEADSELLER/MCNAUGHT)
Jane Nunn (MISS FFOLIOT-FFOULKES)
Kellee Elizabeth (CHRISTINA GRANT)
Lee Samuel Tanng (SMITH)
Laura Clagett (LOUISE)
Wilhelm Peters (DR BESSNER)
Lexington Vanderberg (KAY MOSTYN)
David Tracq (SIMON MOSTYN)
Gregory Cohen (CANON PENNEFATHER)
Jamie Sowers (JACQUELINE DE SEVERAC)

Directing the production is Sharyn Case, actor/director with many shows to her credit. This is not Case’s first time in the director’s chair. Last year she directed A Christmas Carol and the year previous another of CHristie’s works, And Then There Were None which was one of the season’s most popular productions.

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THIS PLAY:

Pay what you can Thursday January 15 – community can see this production for whatever they can afford
Two for One Preview Friday January 16 – Tickets are $12.00
Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast on January 17- Tickets are $27.00

Adults are $24.00, seniors $21.00, and Students $14.00.

Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre with programs and events that cut across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees.

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