The Poplar Pike Playhouse is preparing for the spring musical season with its upcoming production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. After first appearing on the PPP stage in 1988, the murder mystery broadway hit show proved itself to be a PPP classic.
Derived from the unfinished novel written by Charles Dickens, the “show within a show” orders the actors to portray two characters, the actors and actresses from the Music Hall Royale and the characters they play in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The musical follows the story of Edwin Drood, a rich and popular young man portrayed by the famous male impersonator, Alice Nutting. Drood is set to be married to the beautiful Rosa Bud, portrayed by young actress Deirdre Peregrine; however, as the show progresses, other male admirers come to light creating turmoil for the two lovers. In the confusion among the characters, Drood disappears and is presumed to be dead presenting the audience with the question, “Who murdered Edwin Drood?” The answer to the murder mystery is decided by the audience, who will make numerous plot-altering decisions throughout the show.
“The exciting thing about this musical is that each night the audience decides the ending of the show,” says director Ashleigh Williams. “The actors learn multiple endings making each show different and unique.”
The mystery begins on the Poplar Pike Playhouse stage February 23rd and will run through March 11th. For more information, call the Poplar Pike Playhouse Box Office at (901) 755-7775 or visit PPP.org. To keep up with the latest news, follow the Playhouse on Facebook, Instagram (poplarpikeplayhouse), or Twitter (@ppptheatre).
The cast of The Mystery of Edwin Drood includes: Alan Toney, Dinah Mitchell, Rodney McKinner, Rachel Christopherson, Mackenzie Kuykendoll, Elijah Bienz, Christian Powell, Sara Mayers, Kyle Bowers, Fred Garner, Andreas Williams, Caleb Suggs, Amber Allen, Kassie Kimble, Kennedy Harris, CJ Jamerson, Andrew Heady, Lundell Simmons, Hannah Everhart, Tia Glover, Dane Henderson, Reyna Katko, Alanna Lee, and Scarlett Simpson. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is directed by Ashleigh Siegfried Williams. Associate director is Kirie Taylor Walz. Matthew Hayner is the musical director. John Hagan is the conductor.
The Poplar Pike Playhouse is the theatre complex located on the campus of Germantown High School. The corporate sponsor is Landmark Community Bank.