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Murder and mystery in the Falls

Patio Players bring to life Christie's whodunit

Feb. 5, 2013

Menomonee Falls - In a lonely mansion on a secluded island, one by one, 10 people begin to reveal shocking and guilt-ridden secrets from their clouded past.

As these revelations are made, one by one, the guests are murdered.

The plot of Agatha Christie's murder mystery "And Then There Were None," captivates audiences as they try to piece together the truth behind the murders; however, equally intriguing are the character's interactions with each other. This character development can be seen first hand as the Falls Patio Players bring the mystery to the stage in five showings slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 15, 16; and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Menomonee Falls High School auditorium, W16750 Garfield Drive.

"It's a really fun script. Even if you know how it ends there are some surprises along the way," director Alan Piotrowicz said. "As much as it is a mystery, it is also a comedy of mannerisms. We have wonderful characters that are very eccentric and how they interact and relate to one another is almost as intriguing as the mystery itself."

Breathing life into classic

"And Then There Were None," is murder/mystery writer Agatha Christie's first play she wrote in 1939, Patio Players' Vice President Rose Schwartz said. Eleven local actors give life to the period piece. They are complimented by a thematic set design. Roger Bocheck, who acts as Falls Patio Players' artistic director, Schwartz and member Kathy Schroeder, spent weeks reupholstering furniture to give detail to the set.

Combine that talent with a dedicated crew and board of directors, Piotrowicz said this February production will surely amuse.

"I think this (play) was one especially suited to our talents that we are able to knock out of the park," he said.

One challenge in producing the mystery, Piotrowicz said, is giving the period piece a fresh feel. "And Then There Were None" has been performed on stage starting in the late 1930s, early 1940s and has been a popular piece for community theaters ever since.

"The challenge is to keep the show fresh and approach it in a way we haven't seen before and I've been very fortunate to have a cast and a team that has embraced a vision of the play where we can look at it with a contemporary sensibility," he said.

Win a mystery dinner

Falls Patio Players is a nonprofit community theater organization that started more than 40 years ago. All proceeds made from each production go back into future performances.

"I often say that we have a jewel of a theater right here in Menomonee Falls for an affordable price," Schwartz said.

She said they are continuously working to raise money for sound and lighting. At each performance of "And Then There Were None," raffle tickets will be available to win a "mystery dinner." A dozen restaurants have donated dinner certificates, each put in a gift box that have a value of $50 or more, Schwartz said.

Raffle tickets for the "mystery dinner" gift boxes will be on sale in the lobby before the shows begin.

Tickets for the play cost $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students. They are available for purchase at fallspatioplayers.com.

It is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, but they will be available at the box office starting one hour before each show.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT:"And Then There Were None"

WHEN:7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 9 and 15, 16; 2 p.m. Feb 17

WHERE:Menomonee Falls High School Auditorium, W16750 Garfield Drive

CONTACT:fallspatioplayers.com

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