‘The Butler Did It’

The latest Hawkeye show is a parody of English mysteries

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Jeff Bluml portrays Louie Fan in the upcoming Hawkeye Community Theatre production, “The Butler Did It.” The show runs from April 18 through April 21.

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.”

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John Metier stars as Chandler Marlowe in “The Butler Did It.”

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.

The cast:

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John Metier, from left, Timi Jordison, Dylan Drummond and Jeff Bluml all star in “The Butler Did It,” the latest production from the Hawkeye Community Theatre.

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