A Party To Murder

A Mystery showing Oct 19 2013 - Nov 23 2013

Six people have been invited to play a murder mystery game on Halloween  at a rustic island cottage. They appear set for a weekend of fun until ghosts from the past begin to haunt the proceedings and it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. This thrilling murder mystery by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes is full of crafty mayhem in the classic Christie fashion.

Directed by: Zoe Bright

Book by: Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes

Show Times: Thu-Fri-Sat 8pm, Sat-Sun 3pm

Show Price: Adults: Thu 8pm, Sat-Sun 3pm: $23. Fri-Sat 8pm: $25. Seniors: Thu 8pm, Sat-Sun 3pm: $20. Children (16 & younger): $12

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Tom Allen

Elwood

Tom is delighted to be back on stage at GCT where he previously appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest, also directed by Zoe Bright and starring Jim Van Over. Locally he has also performed with The Stepping Stone Players in such roles as Mr. Bumble (Oliver!), Mayor Shinn (The Music Man) and Mr. MacAfee (Bye Bye Birdie). He is a retired administrative law judge and an aspiring voiceover artist. He dedicates this performance to his trophy wife Cristina.

Kristine Blackport

McKenzie

Kristine began performing at age of twelve in community theatres across Grand Rapids, Michigan where she grew up. Her past roles include Beth in Little Women, Annelle in Steel Magnolias and her Grand Award-winning portrayal of Babe in Crimes of the Heart.  While at University of Colorado, she appeared in Stage Door, Danny and The Deep Blue Sea, and Life is A Dream.  Her onscreen credits include roles on CHUCK, CALIFORNICATION, THE GAME, and the indie feature film JUNCTURE.  Kristine wishes to thank James – ILYSM!

Tosca Minotto

Henri

This is Tosca’s 23rd production with GCT (and 8th with frequent co-star and fellow nerd Jim Van Over). She has written and directed two children’s theatre productions, Peter Pan and The Frog and the Princess, and has played Mrs. Cratchit in the last five seasons of A Christmas Carol. Younger audiences may recognize her from GCT’s Children’s Theatre Program. She has performed in 10 children’s productions over the last four years and counting, playing such roles as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, the not-so-evil stepsister-with-glasses Lydia in Cinderella (for which she was also co-director and lyricist), and most recently the hygiene-challenged British unicorn Mythical in Snow White. Additional GCT credits include this season’s Heaven Can Wait, four seasons of the youth education program Shakespeare Live! and 2010’s murder mystery A Murder is Announced.

Other theatrical credits include Sabrina Daldry in In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) at Santa Paula Theater Center, Twelfth Night (Viola), Lend Me a Tenor (Diana), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rosaline), As You Like It (Celia), The Constant Wife (Constance), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), and Proof (Catherine). She can also be seen as the name (and dialect) changing companion to Jerry Kokich’s charming Doctor in the Doctor Who parody webseries WHAT, DOCTOR?

Nicholas Thurkettle

Charles

Nicholas is proud to be making his debut at Glendale Center Theatre in this delicious role with this marvelous cast and crew. He studied Theatre Arts and Music at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he had the chance to play roles like Valentine in Arcadia and Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Favorite acting experiences since have included the roles of Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Renfield in Dracula at the Long Beach Playhouse, and no less than three separate productions of Much Ado About Nothing, playing at various times the roles of Benedick, Borachio, Dogberry, and Friar Francis. He has worked the past two summers with Shakespeare Orange County, playing the Duke of Clarence and Lord Mayor of London in Richard III and King Duncan in Macbeth.

He appeared in three different roles in the second season of the award-winning web series SQUARESVILLE, and has recorded voices for multiple characters in the forthcoming video game Titan: Dawn. He also works actively as a writer, being a proud member of the Writers Guild of America and the Orange County Playwrights Alliance. He recently celebrated the publication of his first novel – the thriller Seeing by Moonlight (co-written with M.F. Thomas) – on all digital platforms.

Jim Van Over

Willy

A Party to Murder marks Jim’s 12th performing role and 28th set build with Glendale Centre Theatre. Some highlights include John in Importance of Being Earnest and Giles in The Mousetrap. With other LA theatres: Winter’s Tale, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It.  With the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Tempest, Troilus & Cressida, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, and Taming of the Shrew. His most notable film credits are Andali Films’ LOVE IS LOVE and the pilot “Ghost Stories” written and directed by Heather Hale. Many thanks to his parents, Tim, Zoe, Ash and the cast.

Libby West

Valerie

Libby West thanks you for coming to see A Party to Murder and hopes you enjoy the show.  Her favorite roles onstage include Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Cathy in Wuthering Heights, Roxane in Cyrano, Frankie in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Joan Plowright in Orson’s Shadow, and Marie Louise in The Constant Wife.  Her film and television credits include: ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS (SUNDANCE), A LIFE – TAKEN, HELEN KELLER HAD A PITBULL, JASON’S BIG PROBLEM, FRAKTALUS, TWO WEEKS NOTICE, BOARDING HOUSE, IN SILENCE, SUPREMACY, TRIGGERED, GRAINS OF SAND, STICKY CHOCOLATE KINGDOM, TRANSCENDENCE, LEMONADE, ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S RE-WRITE, RICHARD, DIVORCE BE GONE, ICEMAN, DREAM HOUSE, RIDE OF PASSAGE, THE GUESTS, DREAM STATE, FINISH LINE,  2 FUR 1, DEATH AS WE KNOW IT, KINDERPARENTS, BENNINGTON GOTHIQUE, JERICHO, SIX FEET UNDER, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and ALL MY CHILDREN.  She received her MFA from NYU and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.  She is Fox Foundation Fellow and a recipient of the Dean Goodman Choice Award, and she was a Visiting Artist to the State Theater of Lithuania.  You can learn more at www.libbywest.com.

Zoe Bright

Director

Zoe comes from England where she appeared in 8 shows in London’s West End. This included being an original Les Miserables cast member and also creating the role of Lucy in Snoopy the Musical.  She continues to perform here in the States and won an ITL award last year for her performance as Jack’s mom in Into The Woods at Riverside.

She was the resident director for Foothill Summer Theatre for 7 years and recently directed Rumors for the Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga. She is no stranger at GCT having been in several productions, most recently she directed and played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Ernest.