MOV Players presents ‘And Then There Were None’

R.J. Lowe plays Sir Lawrence Wargrave in “And Then Were None” by Agatha Christie, which opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta. Seating will be limited because of COVID-19 restrictions, however, tickets can be purchased in advance at midohiovalleyplayers.org. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — Live theater returns Friday with the Mid-Ohio Valley Players presentation of “And Then There Were None” by famed mystery writer Agatha Christie.

The story is about 10 strangers invited to a remote island where a mysterious recording reveals their deadly secrets. As they are haunted by a sinister nursery rhyme, a murderer amongst them picks them off one by one.

“And Then There Were None” opens Friday with performances at 7 p.m., followed by Saturday, Jan. 28, 29 and 30 and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theater, 229 Putnam St., in downtown Marietta.

Auditions for the play were held a year ago. The production was delayed because of the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on live theaters and other venues to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Now that we’ve had a year with our characters, it’s almost a slightly different show and better,” Sean Shoop, who plays Capt. Philip Lombard, said. “Unfortunately we had some cast members not be able to do it and we have some new faces so that adds something to every scene as well. I think it will be a good run.”

Brianna Johnson as Vera Claythorne and Sean Shoop as Philip Lombard in the Mid-Ohio Valley Players production of “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie opening at 7 p.m. Friday at the Players Theater on Putnam Street in Marietta. The play marks the return of live theater since the pandemic began last year. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place. (Photo Provided)

The novel by Christie was published in 1939. She wrote the play based on the book in 1943.

“It’s a classic mystery, the world’s best selling whodunit and there’s a reason for that,” said R.J. Lowe, who plays Sir Lawrence Wargrave. “It’s so beautifully crafted that it still holds up today.”

Lowe’s father was in the play at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg.

Brianna Johnson, cast as Vera Claythorne, is new to the Players stage, but no stranger to “And Then There Were None.”

“I’m a teacher and I teach this novel in my class so my students read it every year,” she said. “I love it and I thought it would be so much fun to do a play version of it.”

Director Mack McHale is delighted to finally get the show on stage.

“Over the past year, I have heard that the Mid-Ohio Valley Players will never open again, but we are still up and kicking. Under the COVID protocols, we have produced two plays and two band promotions and here we are doing ‘And Then There Were None,'” he said. “I have been blessed with the best dedicated cast and crew that I could ask for. Come on and get your tickets.”

Seating is limited to comply with the governor’s rulings on live performance venues. Tickets can be purchased in advance at midohiovalleyplayers.org and are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $7 for youth under 17. Masks will be required inside the theater and temperatures will be taken at the door.

The cast includes: Rogers, J.R. Wells; Mrs. Rogers, Karen Parlett; Fred Narracott, Mark Abicht; Vera Claythorne, Brianna Johnson; Philip Lombard, Sean Shoop; Anthony Marston, Dyrk Conrad; William Blore, Tim Tuten; General Mackenzie, Mack McHale; Emily Brent, Sherri Knapp; Sir Lawrence Wargrave, R.J. Lowe; Dr. Armstrong, George Gaston.


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