The opening weekend of the Players Guild of Dearborn production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood went well. Audience members enjoyed the show and the process of selecting an ending. The Mystery of Edwin Drood was Charles Dickens’ last novel and he died before finishing it. He also left no clues as to how he was planning on having it end. So, in the Broadway adaptation, the audience selects how the show should end. This means the cast and crew have to prepare for a variety of endings to accommodate the wishes of the audience.
The results of the audience selection for each performance of the show are posted on the Guild’s website on the Drood page.
The guys in the light booth get quite a workout during each performance as they handle over 200 cues. David Reynolds, II, John Sczomak, Dave Wood, and Dave Kanclerz manipulate the light and sound boards and the spotlight to sync the cues with action on stage.
Nine more performances of the show are scheduled. Friday and Saturday night performances are at 8:00pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:30pm. The show runs for the next three weekends and closes after the December 1 performance.
Tickets are available online.
Meanwhile, the season goes on. Auditions for the BoeingBoeing, the season’s third show will be held tonight, Monday, November 11, and tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 12, at the Guild. Registration is at 6:30pm. Auditions begin at 7:30pm. You must be registered to audition.
BoeingBoeing is one of the classic farces of the contemporary stage. It was written by Marc Camoletti, Beverley Cross, and Francis Evans. The Guild’s production will be directed by Brian Townsend.
Additional information about the show and the auditions may be found on the BoeingBoeing page.