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Pickerington Community Theatre

Curtain raises Friday on Agatha Christie classic


It is a twisted tale of deception and deceit, a classic murder-mystery that will have the audience guessing until the final curtain.

According to Pickerington Community Theatre President Chris Gallaugher, that is what is in store for theatergoers who attend the company's production of Agatha Christie's play, adapted from her best-selling novel, And Then There Were None.

"It's definitely a 'whodunit' and a fun show to do for Halloween," Gallaugher said.

Taking great care not to spoil the ending, Gallaugher said the premise of the play is that eight guests with checkered pasts are invited to an island under false pretenses whereupon they meet their demise, one by one, by a diabolical avenger.

Gallaugher labeled the play "an historical piece" that is set in the "late '30s or early '40s."

He said the scenes are "pretty much in a drawing room" so there are no set changes, which allows the audience to focus on both the acting and the story.

"This show is an ensemble cast, that's the beauty of it," Gallaugher said.

"There are a lot of people on stage interacting and there are a lot of different characters," he said.

"It's got some interesting plot devices," Gallaugher said.

"It's very British. Murder-mysteries are always a lot of fun. We haven't done one in a while."

And Then There Were None, directed by Coreen Dodds, will be performed through Oct. 27 on the Pickerington Community Theatre's main stage, located at Pickerington Christian Church, 575 Diley Road in Pickerington.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

To order tickets, call the PCT Box Office at 614-378-5767.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, which opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 55 and older, and $10 for children 12 and younger.

Gallaugher said the theater company also is in the process of preparing for its upcoming December show, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, which will run Dec. 6-15.

"That will be our next production," he said.

"We try to, throughout the year, give opportunities for all different performers to experience different styles of plays," he said.