Panola College will present Agatha Christie’s masterpiece “And Then There Were None” as its annual dinner theater production Sept. 20-22.
The story begins when 10 strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N. Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of murder. Trapped on the island, one by one, they start to die by methods outlined in the children’s poem “Ten Little Soldier Boys.” The tension escalates as the survivors realize the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again... and again... until there are none left alive. The play, based on Christie’s book of the same title, was originally published in 1939 and is the world’s best-selling murder-mystery novel. Filled with twists and turns from the Queen of Crime, the play provides an exciting evening of suspense and horror.
The production will take place in the Liz Hedges Studio Theatre. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner, and the performance will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A Sunday matinee performance will feature dessert. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., with the performance to begin at 1:30 p.m.
Dinner on Friday and Saturday will include a full Italian meal with salad, a side, bread, dessert, water, coffee and tea. The Sunday matinee performance will feature a selection of pies, cakes and cookies along with water, coffee and tea.
Seating is limited, and all tickets must be reserved and pre-paid. Prices for Friday and Saturday performances are $40 for adults; $35 for Panola faculty and staff; and $25 for seniors and children. Sunday’s matinee costs are $20 for adults; $15 for Panola faculty and staff; and $12.50 for seniors and children. Please note that due to the nature of the play and the environment of a dinner theater setting, it is not recommended for small children or babies.
Starring in the show, in the order of appearance, are: Seth Sanders, freshman, Center, as Narracott; Maylee Parfait, freshman, Garrison, as Mrs. Rogers; Austin Graham, freshman, Rains, as Rogers; Jobeth Eddings, freshman, Leon-Jewitt, as Vera; Nicholas McCalister, freshman, Rusk, as Lombard; Johnathan Hicks, freshman, Waskom, as Marston; Keath Kibbey, sophomore, Huntington, as Blore; Clayton Jones, freshman, Chireno, as General Mackenzie; Abigail Parish, sophomore, Chireno, as Emily Brent; Justin Gonzales, sophomore, Rains, as Judge Wargrave; Zach Zea, freshman, Rusk, as Dr. Wargrave; and Caden Worley, freshman, Rains, as the Voice.
The production crew members are Maria Mejai, sophomore, Mount Enterprise, Stage Manager; Hannah Williams, sophomore, Gary, Assistant Director; Caitlyn Jackson, sophomore, High Island, Dramaturge; Raven Williams, freshman, Goose Creek, Co-Costumer along with Laura Eddings, freshman, Broaddus; Peyton Proffitt, sophomore, Center, Technical Director; Sarah Owens, sophomore, Mount Enterprise, Sound Design; Catalina Zoyoquila, sophomore Mount Enterprise, Props; Bethany Crowe and Angel Kammer, sophomores, Kennard, Props; Tony Jeter, sophomore, Carthage, Make-Up and Hair Design; Chailey Norton, sophomore, ount Enterprise, Poster Design.
Set construction by Andrew Searles, freshman, Woden; Eric Dominquez, freshman, Leon-Jewitt; Logan Vickers, freshman, San Augustine; Logan Draper, freshman, Decauter; Ashton Powell, freshman, Decauter; Christian Kotara, sophomore, Spurger; Peyton Swearingen, freshman, Timpson; Dalton Hall, freshman, Broaddus; Faith Gatlin, freshman, Mount Enterprise; Angel Pineda, freshman, Center; and Dein Bettis, freshman, Rains.
The play is directed by Karen King.