Porchlight Players to present murder-mystery
EAGLE – It will soon be Halloween, the night of mysterious happenings and things better not seen looming in the darkness. One mystery you shouldn’t let pass you in the night is the spooky production of “Bone Chiller” by the Porchlight Players on Oct. 28-30 at Eagle Valley High School Auditorium.”Bone Chiller” is a comedy murder-mystery by Monk Ferris revolving around the suspicious death of well-to-do Josiah Travers, who dies mysteriously in bed. When Travers’ will is read, 13 people are invited to attend the reading. Little do they know the distribution of his estate – and the name of Travers’ murderer – are encoded in the will. As some of the attendees also die mysteriously, the greater question becomes not who will inherit Travers’ money, but rather will any of them survive?
The Porchlight Players are Eagle County’s newest community theater company, whose mission is to bring convenient and affordable theater to the western end of the valley. The group made its valley debut with “The Trail of Goldilocks” at Gypsum Daze this past summer. Among the cast of this shivery, fun mystery are Nancy Lorenzi of Eagle, is a collection of distant – and oddball – relatives of the deceased, played by locals Brandi Judemann of Gypsum, Vanessa Bowie of Eagle-Vail, and Lindsay Olin, a sophomore at Eagle Valley High.John Lowery of Gypsum will appear as Adler Sheridan, Travers’ long-time lawyer. Other players include Jared Wood of Vail, and Paul Voborny of Gypsum. Battle Mountain High School senior Lorraine Rudolph of Avon plays Flame Fondue, the questionable kindergarten teacher. Gypsy-ish Zita Van Zok is played by Rhonda Meeks of Eagle. Shawn Sherrill, also of Eagle, appears as Dan Denton, the homicide investigator; and Terri Sherrill, Shawn’s wife, plays the parlor maid, Pippi. Also in the play are Terry Vroman of Gypsum as Lucretia, the family cook, and Steve Szindler, soon to be of Eagle, as the butler.
Ann Olin of Eagle is the director for “Bone Chiller,” and Steve Szindler also acts as assistant director.”Bone Chiller will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Eagle Valley High School Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., respectively, and Sunday’s show will benefit the Hurricane Katrina/Rita relief, with all proceeds, after expenses, donated to hurricane relief efforts.Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for seniors and students up to 18 years old. Theater-goers may also purchase raffle tickets for $1. The raffle winner gets half of the money from ticket sales that night and the Porchlight Players retain the remaining half to offset this and future productions. The Porchlight Players are unpaid, and rely solely on membership dues and community support to fund productions. “Bone Chiller” was generously underwritten by the Gallegos Corporation. Show sponsors include Wells Fargo Bank, The Vail Daily, B&B Excavating and Alpine Bank.