Peninsula Players unravel mystery for coming production

Murder on the Nile hits the Mary Winspear Centre stage in May

Peninsula Players members (from left) Courtenay Mosher, Philip Watson and Sarah Klipper will star in Murder on the Nile, the company’s next production, May 16-19. Photo courtesy Gail Pickell

Peninsula Players members (from left) Courtenay Mosher, Philip Watson and Sarah Klipper will star in Murder on the Nile, the company’s next production, May 16-19. Photo courtesy Gail Pickell

Peninsula Players are back in action, gearing up to perform the stage version of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile in a six-show run at the Mary Winspear Centre.

The production, which opens May 16 at 7:30 p.m., represents the culmination of weeks of practice, overseen by director Tia Niedjalski.

The local version of this classic whodunit and Christie favourite was lent authenticity by the advice of a former Egyptian resident. The company has also managed to secure many costumes dating from the mid-1940s era when Christie’s play first hit the stage. Others, described as “magnificent,” have been created by costume designer Anna Lorenz.

Murder on the Nile will see some first-time actors treading the boards alongside veterans of the stage, including some with more than 35 years’ experience. Niedjalski says the three-times-a-week rehearsals are going well and she praised the cast.

“The actors have been encouraged to delve into their characters and make specific choices to really own the character and make it authentic,” she says.

She adds that the set design is very striking and will make the audience feel as if they were actually boarding the Lotus, the boat in the play.

Murder on the Nile shows May 16, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees scheduled for May 18 and 19. Ticket, available online at marywinspear.ca or by phone at 250-656-0275 ext 221, are $18.90 for adults and $16.80 for seniors and students, with group rates available.

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Peninsula Players, an all-ages part of the community since 1953, is looking for new recruits and anyone with an interest in theatre is welcome to join.

For Niedjalski, the joy of community theatre is seeing people show their passion for the art form. “Everyone is doing it because they love it. They’re dedicated people wanting to put on a great show,” she says.

Interested parties can visit thepeninsulaplayers.ca for more information.



nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

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