Kill Me, Deadly opens April 10 at SAU
Laurinburg, NC - The finishing touches are being put on the sets and the actors are polishing their performances in preparation for the upcoming production of Kill Me, Deadly.
The show, a joint venture by the St. Andrews University Theatre Program and ENCORE! Theatre of Laurinburg, will open April 10 at 7 p.m. in Morris Morgan Theatre on the University campus.
Additional performances will take place April 11 and 12th at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee also available on the 12th. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for children, students and senior citizens.
“Working with ENCORE! allows us to combine resources in a great way,” said Caleb Wood, St. Andrews University student and director of the production. “ENCORE! and St. Andrews have always had a great working relationship, but a cooperative production such as this allows the SAU community to branch out and link up with other great local performers.”
Among the students participating from St. Andrews is sophomore art major Emily Scott.
“The character I’ll be portraying within this play is a young woman named Ida,” said Scott. “She is Charlie Nickles secretary. They’ve been working together for a few years and have a symbiotic relationship. They work well together and have been doing the same routine for so long it comes naturally to them.”
Set in Los Angeles, the play follows gumshoe Charlie Nickels as he investigates the murder of a client and the theft of her 300-karat diamond.
“Ida is a witty, intelligent and cheeky individual,” said Scott. “She loves puzzles, and so gets fully invested within any case that comes up.”
This marks Scott’s third production at St. Andrews.
“It’s truly an amazing experience,” said Scott. “I’d honestly forgotten how much fun it is. If anyone is looking to be a part of the theatre business, this is truly the right program to get involved in.
“We have an excellent cast and crew,” she adds. “With the diversity and variety of individuals who are involved, this is definitely a must see production.”
Wood agrees, “Audiences will be given an inside look on a 1940s murder mystery. This play if full of great tongue-in-cheek humor and has many great lines that viewers will leave quoting.”
Audiences will also be treated to some of the technical upgrades in the Morris Morgan Theatre.
“The theatre has recently been updated with a new lighting system which allows us to set different tones and effects than we have for previous shows,” said Wood. “We also have a secret new effect that I think audiences will really like.”
Steven Courmier is serving as the lighting director with Ashleigh Fritter completing the student production team as the scenic designer.
Wood has been active in theatre for most of his life but is taking his first turn in the director’s chair for a full-length production.
“I can honestly say I have learned a lot,” he said. “Realizing first hand all the additional responsibilities a director is given makes me appreciate my past directors that much more.”
In addition to directing, Wood is playing Clive Clairmont, son of the millionaire widow Lady Clairmont, in this detective noir.
“Although I still plan to participate on stage when I can, this experience has definitely heightened my interest in directing more productions in the future.”Kill Me, Deadly was written by Bill Roben and is being presented by special permission of Playscripts, Inc.