‘The Butler Did It’
The latest Hawkeye show is a parody of English mysteries
The latest performance from Hawkeye Community Theatre is a comedy that parodies “every English mystery play ever written,” but with an American flair.
“The Butler Did It” is written by Tim Kelly, and is being directed locally by Michael Shoopman under authority of Samuel French, NY, NY, USA.
The play features Miss Maple, described as “a dowager with a reputation for ‘clever’ weekend parties” in material provided by Shoopman, who invites a group of detective writers to Ravenswood Manor on Turkey Island, where they must impersonate the characters they’ve written about.
The show is described as “laughs collide with thrills, and the climax is a real seat-grabber as the true killer is unmasked, and almost everyone turns out to be someone else.”
“‘The Butler Did It’ by Tim Kelly is a show where the audience will be treated to colorful characters wrapped up nicely in a fun dark story of twists and turns,” Shoopman said. “They will be transported to another world for a while to enjoy and laugh and forget about the heavy that sometimes can crowd the mind.”
He added that the play will be fun.
“This show is not to make them think about some supposedly deep philosophical brouhaha — it is to simply entertain them,” he said. “If we do that, the show is a complete success.”
“The Butler Did It” will run for five shows. It will be April 18 through April 20 at 7 p.m., as well as two performances on April 21; one at 2 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door one hour prior to each performance, up until curtain.
All shows will be at Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. 12th St.
Haversham — Kelli Hamlow
Rita — Mari Newman
Miss Maple — Heidi Nelson
Father White — Brad McIntyre
Chandler Marlowe — John Metier
Louie Fan — Jeff Bluml
Rick — Dylan Drummond
Laura — Timi Jordison
Petra Flimsey — Karie Karr
Charity — Kirsten Olson
Radio — Joyce Bickford
Mable Dupre — Addison Abigale
Pharaoh Link — Evan Brendan Bradan