Houston Footlights, a new theatre group made for and by young adults, will premiere its first show this June. The play, written by Richard Williamson, is a murder mystery comedy called "Murder at the Manor."
Houston Footlights says of the show: "The members of the Upper Dorking Amateur Dramatic Society from England don’t shy away from a challenge, even though they probably should. The sheer scale of their ambition in producing ‘Murder at the Manor’ is matched only by their incompetence. Setting out on a worldwide tour they bring their acclaimed show (Two Stars from The Upper Dorking Women’s Gazette) to The Venue on West 34th Street, Houston on June 17-21. Despite their enthusiasm, the production is blighted by a series of disasters and the curse of Amateur Dramatics strikes again. Scenery falls down, cues are missed and the cast struggle to remember their lines. Throughout this adversity they soldier on, determined to provide a good evening out for their audience, but reveal more about their incompetence rather than the plot. Set in England, 1927 and with preparations underway for the wedding of the decade, the groom is found dead. Was it suicide, or was it perhaps, murder! Could it have been his brother, the fiancée or the maid? Everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect in a classic whodunit farce. All will become clear (hopefully) as we welcome you to Houston Footlights hilarious new comedy, “Murder at the Manor.”"
The company was founded by Ashley Lilley (whose previous movie credits include the role of Ali in Phyllida Loyd's Mamma Mia and Patricia in Gary Winick's Letters to Juliet) and Nicholas Abrams, production manager for the Houston Fringe Festival and technical manager for C-Venues at the Edinburgh Fringe. Houston Footlights aims to help young adults with a love of theatre. Students are trained in all aspects of theatrical production and help run the company.
The Venue on West 34th Street Dates: 17th to 21st June Tickets: $15.00 Age Suitability: All ages Box office: Tickets can be purchased via the website www.houstonfootlights.com
Venue Address: 2317 W. 34th Street, Houston, Texas, 77018 / (713) 263-9899
Written by: Richard Williamson
Directed by: Ashley Wright & Nicholas Abrams
Company Stage Manager: Anna Ractliffe
Designed by: Serena Smith
Wardrobe by: Roseanna Massie & Neezie Munro
Cast: Luke Brett, Gemma Edwards, Jordan Egan, Gabrielle Lake, Juliana Lindenhayn, Matei Marin, Drew Stringer