Epsom Light Opera Company

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Curtains is a musical mystery comedy with a book by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Fred Ebb
and music by John Kander, with additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes

at the Epsom Playhouse
Autumn 2017

Director - John Harries-Rees
Music Director - Francis Griffin
Choreographer - Helen Pennicard 

Cast List

Lieutenant Frank Cioffi: Didrik Finne
Niki Harris: Emily Evans
Georgia Hendricks: Rachel Yelland
Carmen Bernstein: Julie Parker
Aaron Fox: Stephen Chalkley
Sidney Bernstein: Chris Evans
Christopher Belling: Dilip Patel
Bambi Bernét: Hannah Wade
Daryl Grady: Rick Qureshi
Oscar Shapiro: Paul Hyde
Bobby Pepper: Dan Crego-Bustelo
Jessica Cranshaw: Charlie Hoddell
Johnny Harmon: Chris Haslett
Randy: Paul Featherstone
Harv: Max Marchesi
O'Farrell: Charlie Blencowe
Roberta: Sandra Zeffman
Sasha: Francis Griffin
Ensemble: Alex Churcher, Anthony Black, Charlie Blencowe, Ellie Wade, Jane Platts, Jill Howlett, Karen Wilson, Krystyna Szafranski, Lian Finne, Louise Laithwaite, Sandra Zeffman, Simon Ferrier


Reed II: Simon Briggs
Trumpet I: Mathew Rainsford
Trumpet II: Elliot Phelps
Horn: Jonathan Wood
Trombone: Merin Rhyd
Keyboard: Simon Leeson
Percussion: Nigel Shipway
Bass: Jan Kieman

Show Synopsis

Robbin' Hood of the Old West, a bad Western adaptation of the Robin Hood story is reaching its conclusion. The shockingly untalented leading lady, Jessica Cranshaw is a triple threat: she can't sing, act, or dance (or remember when to say her lines). To the relief of everyone, she is murdered during her opening night curtain call. The entire company comes under suspicion, and Lt. Frank Cioffi of the Boston Police Department is called in to solve the homicide. Believing that the perpetrator is still in the building, he sequesters it.

The suspects include the hard-bitten lady producer, Carmen Bernstein; her husband, Sidney; the show's flamboyant director Christopher Belling; divorced songwriting team Aaron Fox and Georgia Hendricks; stage manager Johnny Harmon; choreographer/leading man Bobby Pepper, ingénue Niki Harris, and ambitious chorine Bambi Bernét.

The company use its spare time to attempt to fix the show's problems. Niki, Ms. Cranshaw's understudy, is passed up for the leading role in favour of Georgia, who is encouraged to take the role despite the protests of Aaron, who has fallen in love with her again. Cioffi, a theatre fan and amateur actor, becomes more involved with saving the show than solving the case. Cioffi finds himself falling for Niki, and she seems to return his affection, so he hopes she's not the murderer. Meanwhile, secrets are surfacing, the production numbers in Robbin' Hood are rewritten, rehearsed and rewritten again, and the body count is rising. Can Cioffi solve the case, save the show, and get the girl before the curtain rises without getting offed himself? This is a musical, after all!

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