The junior and senior Providence Players are ready to present It’s Murder in the Wings. The show debuts Friday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ray Day Little Theatre with limited, socially distanced seating. Additional show times are Sept. 18, 25 and 26 at 7:00 p.m., as well as one matinee on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2:00 p.m.
The full-length play starts with Wings Publishing Company on the verge of signing a contract that will save the company. An hour before the signing party begins, the boss is found murdered. A comedy of errors ensues as the staff tries to keep it secret until after everything is signed – all while trying to solve the mystery.
The ensemble cast includes juniors KB Merchant (Maddie), Aidan Singleton (Maxie), Jackson Bettler (Lionel), Lily Isler (Helen), Maddie Beeler (Bobbie June), and Bailey Heavrin (Nelva); and seniors Sarah Boehm (Tyrolia), Katelyn Phillips (Kitty), Penny Trinkle (Doris), Jack Kaiser (Donald), Brayden Gronotte (Eddie), Sydney LaMaster (Sara), and Dallas Bonnet (Bertha).
KB said she likes the play’s surprise ending and funny lines.
“It’s hilarious and has a lot of twists and turns,” KB said. “You think it’s one person (who committed the murder), and it ends up being somebody totally different.”
Katelyn said she likes the duality of the show.
“It’s very funny and serious at the same time, but you can laugh at it,” Katelyn said.
Aidan said he enjoys the comedy that helps the audience deal with the serious issue as well as the pace of the show.
“The show is fast paced and is fun to be a part of,” Aidan said. “I enjoy the craziness of the first act and then serious realizations in act two.”
Aidan also enjoys his role. As Maxie, an eccentric playwright who is simply trying to sell his new script, he finds himself “caught up in the chaos of the recent murder,” he said. “I love playing Maxie for the sheer fact that I get to run around finding ways to hide a body.”
Penny said she likes her character Doris because she’s clueless.
“She doesn’t know what’s going on half the time,” Penny said. “I really relate to her.”
Sarah and Katelyn said they are glad to be in their second fall show and like being part of it because the cast is limited to juniors and seniors. They also like being able to be in a show with their friends.
“We just have a lot of fun,” Sarah said.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased only from a cast member due to the limited capacity.