february 2021
for the community by the community

opening march 4

The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails! With a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Wax your mustache and hold on to your passport—adapted from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, two-time Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig and our KCT actors will take you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express!

Kearney Community Theatre presents Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, adapted by Ken Ludwig, and directed by Judy Rozema, Thursday March 4, 2021 through Sunday March 14, 2021. Ticket pricing is $16-$20.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was an English writer most known for her numerous detective novels. In 1930, Agatha Christie rode the Orient Express to Istanbul and was inspired to write Murder on the Orient Express. Ken Ludwig is an American playwright and director from Pennsylvania. He adapted the Agatha Christie novel into a stage play by special request, which premiered on March 14, 2017.  Four years later, it has made its way to the Kearney Community Theatre stage.

Murder on the Orient Express is sponsored by Tye & Rowling, PC, LLO. The show is suitable for mature audiences. Please be advised there are strobes and flashing lights, sudden loud noises, and theatrical violence during the performance. Due to COVID mandates, masks are required to be worn during the entirety of the performance.

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“The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium.” – The New York Times

Auditions for Noises Off will be held March 15 & 16 from 7-9 PM at KCT.
There are roles for 4 females and 5 males, ages 21 and up.

This production is directed by David Rozema, and sponsored by Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic.

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spotlight on……..
mishelle maul

Mishelle is the Props Master for our upcoming show Murder On the Orient Express. Mishelle is married with two children and four dogs, and works in Kearney as an office assistant at Family Orthotics & Prosthetics. Over the past couple of months though, she has spent her spare time bringing our show to life by finding and creating all the necessary props.

Q: How did you get involved with KCT?
A: My daughter was involved in ACT, so that was when I started volunteering. I started by doing some graphic design work, and then served on the board for a few years.

Q: Have we ever seen you on stage?
A: I never imagined I would be in a show, but gave it a shot with Miracle On 34th Street, then again in It’s a Wonderful Life. I had a lot of fun, and while I was nervous it was good to do something outside of my comfort zone!

Q: What was the most fun prop for you to find or make for this show?
A: I enjoyed making the passports for each train passenger.

Q: Do you have any other hobbies?
A: I’m very much a homebody-I love to cook, watch movies and read. I do like to travel, especially to New England, where both of my kids are currently.

Q: Are you interested in being involved in more shows in the future?
A: Yes! I love what Kearney Community Theatre is all about!

When one thinks of what brings a show to life, often at the forefront of your mind are the costumes and the set. It’s easy to overlook the props, but that is what makes them so important! The right props help set the scene just as much as the set or costumes, and though many times they’re small, they can be a challenge to pull together. Each show has a Props Master, who works with the director to find and/or create all the props needed for the show. While we keep a well-stocked props room, there are always items the Props Master has to look for outside the theatre, at thrift shops or in people’s basements.

Our props room at the theatre recently underwent a massive reorganization thanks to a couple of dedicated volunteers. You’ll find your commonly needed props, such as dishes, suitcases, or telephones, but there are also some crazy items like a leg cast for a character with a “broken” leg.

Next time you’re attending a show, take a second glance at some of the props. Just as much thought went into them as every other aspect of the show!

Murder On the Orient Express author Agatha Christie is known for her prolific writing career, but that fact isn’t the only interesting thing about her! Read on for some interesting trivia about her life:

1. Agatha Christie was a surfer. Some historians say that she and her husband, Archie, may have been the first British people to ride surfboards standing up!
2. Christie mysteriously disappeared for 11 days. She simply left her home without notice, and was the subject of a 11 day manhunt until she reappeared, having allegedly spent the 11 days at a spa. She could never fully explain the disappearance.
3. She was also a romance writer. Under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, Agatha wrote 6 romance novels (with no murder to be found!) between 1930 and 1956.
4. Christie tried unsuccessfully to take up smoking. In Christie’s time, smoking cigarettes was an activity so popular that she smoked one after lunch and dinner every day, just to “become a smoker.” She tried for 6 months before giving up.
5. Agatha had a love for archaeology. She went on expeditions with her second husband, Max, and assisted him on archaeological digs while also writing novels in her tent. Their favorite method of transportation? Traveling on the Orient Express.
Tye & Rowling, PC, LLO is our Corporate Sponsor for “Murder on the Orient Express,” opening NEXT week! A HUGE thank you goes out to them for sponsoring our Winter Show and helping make live theater a reality again!
Tye & Rowling, PC, LLO is a general practice law firm which has been serving Kearney and Central Nebraska since 1926. Beyond practicing law, the members of the Firm are actively involved in various community organizations and give their time and expertise to numerous charitable endeavors.
If you are interested in sponsoring a show, or want to hear more about how you or your business can support KCT, contact the Box Office ([email protected] or 308-234-1529).

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