Windham Players present 'And Then There Were None'
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
As a result of a policy change implemented by school administration, the Windham Players are no longer allowed to draw performers from outside of the Windham school district. Previous productions, such as last year’s “A Very Potter Musical,” drew performers from all over the local area. “Potter,” the Players’ spring 2013 musical, brought in more than 30 people from 11 different schools, according to Vincent Iovine, a Windham High School English teacher and the Windham Players' director. Other productions over the years have included performers as young as 4 and as old as 72 years old, and from schools all over the surrounding area, including local colleges.
Iovine said that the policy change was intended to offer more opportunities to Windham students. But for the upcoming fall production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” it has also resulted in a cast comprised of mostly novice performers. Emily Brolin, a sophomore, will be starring in her seventh show with the Windham Players, having started with the group when she was 9 years old. And actress Cyan Green has had some experience with the Windham Theatre Guild. But the majority of the performers are still learning. “For most of them, this is basically their first foray on the stage,” said Iovine. A smaller pool from which to draw performers also meant fewer male performers, necessitating some adaptations to the script. “I had to change some of the male roles to female roles,” said Iovine.
But the students are working hard, said Iovine, and doing their best to adapt to their roles. And they are enthusiastic about the show. “Ten people are invited to an island, and they have no idea about the host and hostess,” said Green. There is a murder on the island, and the identity of the murderer is revealed only at the end of the show. “It keeps you guessing,” said Brolin, adding that the script contains numerous twists and turns.
“Agatha Christie is the world's best known mystery writer,” said Iovine. “Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 45 foreign languages. She is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.”
Born in Torquay, England, on Sept. 15, 1890, Agatha Christie wrote 79 novels and short story collections in a writing career that spanned more than half a century. She also wrote over a dozen plays including "The Mouse Trap," which opened in London on Nov. 25, 1952, and has become the longest-running play in theatrical history. Christie also created the eccentric detective, Hercule Poirot and the inquisitive Miss Jane Marple. She composed six romantic novels and four books of non fiction.
“Prepare yourself for an extraordinary investigative thriller as presented by The Windham Players,” reads a press release. “Take part in an exhilarating adventure as you try to solve the mystery and find the killer.”
"And Then There were None" will run at Windham High School on Nov. 21, 22, and 23 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. For more information contact Iovine at firstname.lastname@example.org.