WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Community Players will open its 2016-2017 season with Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery “And Then There Were None” on Oct.15 at its theater at 1000 North Avenue West.
“And Then There Were None” is one of Agatha Christie’s most-produced plays. It tells the tale of 10 strangers who are trapped on Soldier Island, a fictional island in England, in 1939. One by one they are accused of murder, and one by one they start to die.
“In this production, the actors need to convey fear throughout the show, develop English accents and convey that each may be the murderer without revealing who the murderer is until the very end,” Steve Lemenille, president of the WCP and director of this production, said. “The use of lighting and undertone of music throughout must give a sense of mystery.”
This play will be the first of four productions put on by the WCP this year. Every year, the program performs one mystery, one comedy, one drama and one farce. Every other year, the WCP performs a musical.
“We like to present shows that our audiences would like to see,” Lemenille said. “We have found that our audiences like to be entertained and enjoy seeing many of the classic shows and shows that offer a challenge to our actors.”
“And Then There Were None” will run at 8 p.m. on Saturday evenings from Oct. 15 to Oct. 29, with a special matinee performance on Sunday, Oct. 23. Tickets are available at the box office for $20 or $10 with a military or student ID.