GHS to present “And Then There Were None”

Published 6:21 pm Monday, November 17, 2008

A mansion on an island, cut off from the outside world by a storm. An unseen host and ten guests, all of whom seem to have a skeleton or two in their closets. Mysterious deaths follow – and then, there were none.

Agatha Christie’s classic who-dun-it is coming to the stage at Greenville High School this December, courtesy of the Old Gym Players, a.k.a. the GHS Theater Department.

The students will bring the classic tale to life with three performances: Friday and Saturday nights, December 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. Dec. 7.

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“And Then There Were None” is based on Christie’s 1939 crime novel of the same title. The novel is the world’s best-selling mystery to date with more than 100 million copies sold. Critics described the story as “utterly impossible and utterly fascinating,” with the prolific mystery author at her “most ingenious and most surprising.”

Christie adapted her story for the stage in 1943, re-working the novel’s original ending. No less than five film versions have also been made of this top-notch mystery.

“We are all very excited about this play,” said Naomi Pryor, the director of “And Then There Were None.”

“Our case is comprised of GHS Theater students and other students who auditioned for parts. Our crew is made up of students in my Theater 1, II and III classes. I am so proud of how far we have come since the first day.”

Cast members include: Nathaniel Austen Godwin, Zach Brown, Lindsey Niehaus, Amber Newton, Connor Murphy-White, Clay Branum, Will Corley, Ethan Dungan, David Caddell and Amber Olney.

“The students have committed to memorizing a great deal of dialogue and theater technique, and have done an outstanding job,” Pryor said.

An additional 14 GHS students serve as crew members for lights and sound, art design, book, props and stage.

“It’s been a great learning experience for the cast and crew, and we hope many people will come and enjoy this classic mystery,” Pryor said.

Tickets for “And Then There Were None” are $5 for general admission to any of the three shows and can be purchased at the GHS office.