Dickinson Drama Club prepares for “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Murder”

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As of right now, we have nothing

Sofia Rose

Small but mighty, the Dickinson Drama Club is the midst of preparation for their fall performance of Where There’s a Will, There’s a Murder. The show will open for two performances on Nov. 20 and 21. Miss Gee, one of our theater and English teachers at Dickinson, is the director, as she’s been in the past. “A director…is in charge of all the artistic decisions of how the play is going to be realized, which just means how the play is going to look from the script to the actual performance,” says Miss Gee, when asked to explain her duties in the play.

The cast of 11 dedicated thespians is led by charismatic Eric Xaxni, who plays Niles Henshaw. Eric describes his character, Niles, as “basically a butler, who’s a childish flirter, and pretty sassy which is my future goals in life.” In the play, the guests of the butler and his wife discover that they are heirs to a fortune of a million dollars: each. But the last will and testament that promises them their inheritance isn’t quite as straightforward as it seems. The characters try desperately to find the killer as the plot thickens and the body count rises. 

Behind the scenes of the dramatic events, the stagehands also play an important role. In charge of everything from props to sets to sound effects, the stagehands control everything the audience can’t see. Without the stagehands, there would be no show at all. Since they also attend all rehearsals, they have a unique perspective on the rest of the cast. The best part of being a stagehand, according to senior Katie Vadden is “watching everybody mess up.”

No matter what barriers surely will arise between now and the performance date, the entire company is confident the show will go on. Performances will be at 7 PM on Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st. Tickets are $5 per person. The show, a great combination between drama and comedy, is sure to draw a large crowd. After all, what’s the point of a play without an audience to see it?