July 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30 at 8:00 PM July 24 and 31 at 2:30 PM
Beat the July heat and solve a murder with the comedy A Tomb with a View by Norman Robbins. Set in as haunting an old library as one is likely to come across, this “Addams Family meets Agatha Christie whodunit” is sure to keep audience members on the edge of their seats laughing.
A Tomb With A View is set in as sinister an old library as one is likely to come across presided over by a portrait of a grim faced, mad eyed old man. There, a dusty, lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family one member of which has werewolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga like Julius Caesar and a third member is a gentle old lady who plants more than seeds in her flower beds. By the third act, there are more corpses than live members left in the cast. And what about the sympathetic nurse and the author of romantic novels are they all, or more than, they seem to be? Secrets are revealed as the plot twists and turns to its surprising conclusion.
The Playhouse to Present Howling Comedy Thriller “A Tomb with a View”
Something creepy lingers in the darkness this July as The Playhouse at McConnellstown presents “A Tomb with a View” by Norman Robbins. This “Addams Family-meets-Agatha Christie” whodunit takes the stage July 22nd and ends July 31st.
The reading of the will has never been this hilariously sinister . . . or in this case, filled with outrageous, cut-throat family members all vying for the millions left to them by their father. The various Tomb Family members, each one more bizarre than the last, gather for the reading only to learn that the solicitor has invited two guests to the mansion. When the siblings learn that the bulk of the family fortune has been left to one of the guests, they begin to plot and scheme. The heirs begin to die off one-by-one, and the shares of the inheritance increase, creating a “survivor-takes-all” scenario.
Be prepared to be serenaded by werewolves, entertained by Julius Caesar, and tempted by a seductive vamp. Audiences will love this twisted and murderous play with eccentric and ghastly characters. By the end of the second act, there are more corpses than live members left in the cast. Hilarity ensues as the witty plot twists and turns toward a surprising conclusion.
“I am very excited to be involved with this production,” said Meghan Whitesel, director. “I grew up watching The Addams Family and Dark Shadows when I stayed with my grandmother. ‘A Tomb with a View’ is really reminiscent of the shows—if you’re a fan of them and you enjoy murder mysteries, then you won’t want to miss this play. I couldn’t have asked for a better cast and crew for this production because everyone has worked very hard, and I believe the audience will die with laughter.”
The Tomb family includes George Baumer as Lucien; his sisters Dora, Emily, and Monica are played by Stephanie Swan, Barb Hughes, and Deb Shank. Bradley Renninger makes his debut as the youngest member of the family—Marcus. The conniving family lawyer, Hamilton Penworthy, is brought to life by Joe Krabill. Anne Franklin, the Nurse, is played by Lauren Anderson, who is also gracing The Playhouse stage for the first time. Jennifer Catanese is Agatha, the long-time maid at Monument House, and Tara Lee Donahue and William Renninger are the unwelcome outsiders Freda Mountjoy and Peregrine Potter.
Luke Beaver stage manages this production. The set design is by Don Dietz with sound design by Rick Brown and costumes by Jeanne Nagurny. Lighting is designed by Keith Sutton with technical assistance by John Catanese and Hunter McVey. Please be advised that this production contains mild adult language and situations, special lighting effects, and live gunshots.
Performances will be at 8:00 P.M. on July 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, and 30th. Sunday matinee showings are July 24th and July 31st at 2:30 P.M. Ticket prices are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). For reservations call 814-627.0311. The Playhouse is located at 11680 Raystown Rd, Huntingdon, PA, five miles South of Huntingdon Borough right along Rt. 26 in the Village of McConnellstown. For more information, please check our website at www.littletheater.com, like us on Facebook (The Playhouse at McConnellstown), or follow us on Twitter @LittleTheater.