TLT announces cast for ‘Done to Death’

Published 3:40 pm Friday, April 8, 2011

How do you build a weird old house where there will soon be a murder a minute? If you're the set crew for the Tryon Little Theater building the stage set for the comedy/mystery “Done to Death,” you have Jimmy McCain on one side of a flat with Bob Richardson on the other side, bracing against Jimmy's drill installing window shutters, while Ray Milczewski works on the doorframe of the main entrance. Doesn't look like much now, but just wait until “Done to Death” plays the workshop April 28 - May 8. (photo submitted)

The Tryon Little Theater wraps up its 2010-2011 season with Fred Carmichael’s mystery/comedy “Done to Death,” directed by theatre professional Neela Muñoz, with performances at the workshop April 28 – May 1 and May 5 – 8.

Once famous mystery writers have been gathered together in hopes they can combine their individual methods of solving murders into a boffo TV mystery series. Writers of sophisticated murders, another from the James Bond school, a retired writer of the hard hitting method and an aging queen of the logical murder all find themselves in Vulture’s Vault, a suitably mysterious decrepit house on an island in the Caribbean. But in this parody of every mystery plot, hero and villain created in the last 50 years, egos bump into egos as some major one-upmanship takes the stage.

Cast as the witty and sophisticated Jessica and Whitney Olive are Petra and Ed Harrelson, most recently seen for TLT in February’s production of “Oliver.” Cathy Millwood, seen earlier this season in “Journey to Mitford,” plays the Agatha Christie-type Mildred Z. Maxwell. John Hugill, who appeared in both “Oliver” and “Journey to Mitford” this season, will play the aging dapper writer Rodney Duckton (among others) and Harry Grymes will return to the TLT stage as TV project producer Jason Summers.

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As Jane and a couple of other young lovelies is Betty Ann Bishop, who brings extensive theatre experience to this, her first North Carolina show. Joshua Moffit, seen in “Oliver” this season and for years in TLT-Tryon Youth Center productions, is the Dracula-like butler Gregory. Rounding out the cast is Ben Weide as the put-upon Stagehand.

The workshop box office, located at 516 South Trade Street, will open Thursday, April 14, and be open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For telephone reservations, call 828-859-2466.