SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Department of Theatre and Dance presents its final mainstage production of the 2013-14 academic year, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre, 905 Woodlawn Ave.
Directed by Pam Hill and under the musical direction of Chris Moore, the 1986 Tony Award-winning musical by Rupert Holmes is based on the 1870 novel by Charles Dickens.
Centered on Edwin Drood, who is contracted to marry Orphan Rosa but disappears after they break off the engagement, the novel was unfinished at the time of Dickens’ death and the ending is unknown. The play has a different ending each performance.
Performers include Robby Thrall, class of 2014 from Strongsville, Ohio; Corey Ragan, class of 2015 from Columbus, Ohio; Benjamin Holbrook, class of 2014 from Alliance, Ohio; Sarah Van Deusen, class of 2016 from Chattanooga, Tenn.; Alyssa Lane, class of 2017 from Mentor, Ohio; Connie Frankenstein, class of 2017 from Cincinnati, Ohio; Deanna Torstenson, class of 2017 from Springfield, Va.; Haley Justice, class of 2014 from Hickory Hill, Ill.; Sterling Milner, class of 2017 from Green Bay, Wis.; Dylan R. George, class of 2015 from Dublin, Ohio; Danielle O’Neill, class of 2014 from Canal Winchester, Ohio; Adam Barstow, class of 2017 from North Ridgeville, Ohio; Katie Paolacci, class of 2016 from Granville, Ohio; Amanda Rogus, class of 2017 from Allison Park, Pa.; Hannah Yalaz, class of 2015 from Springfield, Ohio; Deshea Hughes, class of 2017 from Lima, Ohio; Kreig Spahn, class of 2015 from Cochranton, Pa.; and Carl Burgason, class of 2016 from Hilliard, Ohio.
Tickets cost $5 each – Wittenberg students receive one free ticket by presenting their ID card. Tickets go on sale at the Benham-Pence Student Center service desk, 937-327-7443, 10 days before the performances begin and at the theatre box office one hour prior to each performance.