Because the novel was never finished, no villain was ever identified by Dickens, and, as such, audiences select the villain at each performance. With that being the case, nearly every performance could end differently, keeping audiences and actors on their toes.
Actors must remain focused and on their toes because of the variety of endings. According to The Barn, over 200 possibilities exist for the selection of the villain and ending.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood marks the final production in The Barn Players’ 2013 season. Evening performances begin at 7:30 and Sunday matinees begin at 2pm at the Barn Players, 6219 Martway in Mission. The production is rated PG-13.
The play is the story of young Edwin Drood who mysteriously disappears during a performance of a stage show and is presumably murdered. The question is: Who done it? Could it be his romantic rival John Jasper? Or, is it Princess Puffer? Could it be Reverend Cris Sparkle? Is it possible the murderer is Helena or Neville? How about Landless, immigrants from Ceylon, or someone else? In fact everyone on stage is suspect, a spokesman from The Barn Players, said.
Drood is directed by Kipp Simmons and features one of the largest casts ever presented by The Barn Players; featuring: Eric Magnus, Ben Dalton, Kay Noonan, Jonathan Andrews, Megan Horsman, Mark Murphy, Valerie Dykes, Steven James, Smantha Agron, Joel Ramsdell, Dave Fullerton and Miles Wirth.
Also in the show are Jessica Alcorn, Alec Armer, Justin Armer, Erica Baruth, JC Dressler and Emmy Hadley.
Tickets are $18 and may be ordered by calling 1-800-838-3006 or on the theatre website: thebarnplayers.org – discounts for seniors, students and groups of ten or more.
Tickets for the Barn Players 2014 season are also now available.