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The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Shoreline Community College Theater
Shoreline, WA
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens' unfinished novel of the same name. In small town of Cloisterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. But by whom? His leering romantic rival, John Jasper? The infamous purveyor of opium and vice, Princess Puffer? The mysterious Landless twins, newly arrived from Ceylon? Or someone else even more dastardly and villainous? Dickens passed away before he was able to reveal the culprit. Rupert Holmes' award-winning musical solves this predicament by asking the audience to choose which character is the killer by putting it to a vote. Staged in metatheatrical manner by the Shoreline Community College Musical theater department, they have crafted a cast full of just as many colorful characters as the roles they play while incorporating touches of the modern world we live in today and incorporating steam-punk elements and gender bent roles.  This charming and inventive musical is sure to intrigue and entertain any musical or mystery lover.

All actors play two parts. Each plays an actor of the Music Hall Royale and also the character he or she plays in Music Halls production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Adapted from: The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
Playwright and Lyricist: Rupert Holmes

Producer and Music Director Dr. Charles Enlow

Directed by Gregory Award winning director and Sound Theatre Company Artistic Director, Teresa Thuman

Choreography by Lee Ann Hittenberger

Conducted by Bruce Monroe

Set Design and Lighting Designer Richard Schaefer

Costume Designer Amanda Headley

Stage Manager Kali Greenberg


May 13, 14, 20, and 21st - 7:30pm

May 15 & 22nd - 3:00pm Matinee


General Admission - $18
Seniors and Non-Shoreline CC students - $12
Shoreline CC students and ages 15 or under - $10

Beer, Wine and Concessions are available for purchase!

Shoreline Community College Theater
16101 Greenwood Ave. N
1600 Bdlg. / Campus Theater
Shoreline, WA  98133

Ticketing information or for performance questions, please contact:  John Nold at jnold@shoreline.edu

Ticketing office questions prior to performance dates:  206-546-4728


Your Chairman, Ms. Gillian Cartwright: The emcee and host of the Music Hall Royale. Steps in to fill the role of Mayor Sapsea.

John Jasper: The opium addicted choirmaster of Cloisterham Cathedral is madly in love with his music student and his nephews fiancée, Rosa Bud. Played by Clive Paget, the charmingly egotistical leading man of the Music Hall Royale.

Edwin Drood: John Jasper's cocky nephew who goes missing on Christmas Eve. He has been engaged to Rosa Bud since they were very young. Played by the quite temperamental Alice Nutting - Londons premier male impersonator.

Rosa Bud:  A sweet and innocent young lady who is uneasy about her music tutors (Jasper) passions towards her. Engaged to Edwin Drood, Rosa is unhappy with the arrangement. Played by Miss Dierdre Peregrine, the ingénue of the Music Hall Royale.

The Princess Puffer: The down on her luck proprietress of the opium den that John Jasper frequents. Played by the bawdy Grande Dame of the Music Hall Royale, Miss Angela Prysock.

Helena Landless: The mysterious young woman from Ceylon with a somewhat untraceable geographical accent. The fiery and temperamental twin sister of Neville. Played by the lively Janet Conover.

Neville Landless: The other half of the mysterious family from Ceylon. Neville has a very hot temper and immediately falls for Rosa Bud. He is the main suspect after Droods disappearance. Played by Victor Grinstead, the newest member of the Music Hall Royale.
The Reverend Crisparkle: The sweet and kind minister at Cloisterham Cathedral who watches over the Landless twins. He once was in love with Rosas mother. Played by Cedric Montcrieffe- a character actor of the Music Hall Royale.

Bazzard:  Aspiring playwright and assistant to Reverend Crisparkle. Played by Phillip Bax, the understudy for John Jasper and bit player waiting for his big break.
Durdles: The drunken stonemason who inscribes and oversees the crypts at Cloisterham Cathedral. Played by Nick Cricker, the clown prince of the Music Hall Royale.

Stage Manager, Ms. Jane Throttle. Tries to keep the show on task.
Detective Dick Datchery: A mysterious white whiskered stranger who appears in Cloisterham after the disappearance of Edwin Drood. The audience votes which character is wearing the Datchery disguise: Candidates: Rosa Bud, Neville Landless, Helena Landless, Bazzard, or Rev. Crisparkle.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the ensemble: Townspeople, opium den customers, dancers, servants, mob, etc.

Datchery Candidates:
Rosa Bud
Helena Landless
Neville Landless
Reverend Crisparkle

Murder Suspects:
John Jasper
Rosa Bud
Princess Puffer
Helena Landless
Neville Landless
Reverend Crisparkle

As a way of tying up the show, the audience votes which remaining male and female characters (not selected as Murderer) must instantly play a love scene and sing a love duet.

Female Candidates:
Rosa Bud
Princess Puffer
Helena Landless

Male Candidates:
John Jasper
Neville Landless
Reverend Crisparkle


Shoreline Community College Theater (View)
16101 Greenwood Ave. N. 1600 Bldg. Theater LOBBY
Shoreline, WA 98133
United States


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 5
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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