published Thursday, March 20th, 2014

'And Then There Were None' Agatha Christie mystery opens at CTC

Personal secretary Vera Claythorne (played by Kristin Meyer) struggles with retired Army Gen. John Mackenzie (Carlton Thomas) as the situation becomes more dire in the old mansion on the deserted island during rehearsal of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.
Personal secretary Vera Claythorne (played by Kristin Meyer) struggles with retired Army Gen. John Mackenzie (Carlton Thomas) as the situation becomes more dire in the old mansion on the deserted island during rehearsal of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

■ What: "And ThenThere Were None."

■ When: 8 p.m. March 21-22; 7 p.m. March 27; 8 p.m. March 28-29; 2:30 p.m. March 30; 7 p.m. April 3; 8 pm. April 4-5; 2:30 p.m. April 6.

■ Where: Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St.

■ Admission: $30 opening night; $25 other performances; $12.50 side section available Thursdays and Sundays.

■ Phone: 423-267-8534.

■ Website: TheatreCentre.com.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

■ Friday, March 21: Opening-night gala at 7 p.m., preceding curtain at 8 p.m.

■ Thursday, March 27: Real-time captioning for hard-of-hearing patrons, curtain at 7 p.m.

■ Friday, March 28: Talk-back with director and cast after the performance, curtain at 8 p.m.

■ Friday, April 4: Girls Night Out, with complimentary refreshments, curtain at 8 p.m.

One of Agatha Christie's most celebrated mysteries opens Friday, March 21, at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. "And Then There Were None" plays through Sunday, April 6, on the MainStage.

In the play, 10 people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are lured to a desolate location by a mysterious stranger under false pretenses of employment or an unexpected late summer holiday. Fred Narracott, a Boatman (Peter Iorio) ferries the group to a lonely mansion on the distant island and departs.

The odd assortment of guests includes Sir Lawrence Wargrave, a retired criminal court judge (Patrick Brady); Vera Claythorne, a personal secretary (Kristin Meyer); Dr. Armstrong, a nerve specialist (Timothy Newland); Phillip Lombard, a former Army officer (Michael Pala); Anthony Marston, a playboy (Thaddeus Taylor); Gen. John Mackenzie, a retired Army general (Carlton Thomas); Emily Brent, a spinster (May Wood); and William Blore, a private detective (Jason Worley).

To their surprise, the host fails to appear and they are met only by a married couple: Thomas Rogers, the house servant, and Ethel Rogers, the cook (Jerry M. Draper and Monica Woodlief).

Trapped on the island by the distance from the mainland and fierce storms, they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they start to die.

Director Patrick Sweetman calls the play "the classic whodunit" that keeps the audience guessing until the final curtain. Joanna Keeling is stage manager.

The mystery comedy, adapted from one of Christie's books, is a favorite of Chattanooga Theatre Centre audiences, according to CTC officials. It was presented under the title "Ten Little Indians" in the 1946-47 and 1992-93 seasons at the theater.

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