Seneca Community Players will kick off its 35th season with a delightful dramatization of Agatha Christie's first “Miss Marple” mystery, the classic “Murder at the Vicarage,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 in the Delavan Theatre, on the campus of New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls.
When the vicar in Miss Marple's home village of St. Mary Meade declares in exasperation that anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe would be doing the world a service, he does not realize his words will come back to haunt him. In this play, the victim is indeed the odious Protheroe, whom many people have good reason to wish dead.
Over dinner at the vicarage, the vicar (played by Chris Haulter), his glamorous young wife Griselda (Kelly Witter), the handsome artist Lawrence Redding (Michael Witter), and the nervous curate Hawes (Bradley Kidd) each describe how they would murder him. When the colonel takes a fatal bullet in the vicar's study, Inspector Slack (John King) arrives to find that the clues just don't add up; only Miss Marple (Susan Sinicropi) can do the math.
Directed by SCP newcomer Tony Masullo, the show is produced locally by Rhonda Jasper, with Donna Russell as stage manager, Becky Bly as technical director, and Jeff Winston, master carpenter and lighting designer.
Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door, and are available at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, Area Records and Music in Geneva, by calling (315) 568-9364, and by visiting SCP.
Tickets are also available for a meet-the-cast reception at John Morris Manor on Route 89 after Friday's show; $18 each including admission to the play.