The whodunit ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ postponed till 2021
MILTON — Anyone expecting to solve the “Murder on the Orient Express” next month will now have a whole extra year to figure out who committed the dastardly deed. Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions, in responding to the COVID-19 directives, is postponing its dinner-theatre production of the acclaimed Agatha Christie whodunit.
Scheduled to be staged on June 18 to 20, Rev. Ryan Brosius confirms that “Murder on the Orient Express” has been moved to June, 2021.
Brosius, who directs the production, states that this murder mystery has been adapted by one of America’s most popular playwrights, Ken Ludwig, and features Belgian’s super sleuth Hercule Poirot. The director also confirms that those cast in the whodunit can assuredly retain and recreate their roles when the show is eventually staged in 2021.
The huge theater, which can seat up to 1,100 patrons, is located on the church’s campus, 363 Stamm Road.
Sharing common concerns at a recent teleconference with Mill Hall’s Millbrook Playhouse, Lewisburg’s RiverStage and Williamsport’s Community Theatre League, Christ Wesleyan Church’s assistant director agrees that area theater groups face many changes and challenges in the weeks and months ahead.
Coping with losses from the postponement or cancellation of spring and summer attractions require non-profit theater groups to display both flexibility and creativity. Even after the current restrictions are relaxed or lifted, Brosius questions how soon will theatregoers’ financial situation prompt them to comfortably return to a theater.
For the Christ Wesleyan Church, in addition to this summer’s show “Murder on the Orient Express,” its spring attraction, the “Ballet Magnificat: Deliver Us,” has also been cancelled.
The Nov. 12 to 15 fully mounted production of “Tuck Everlasting — The Musical,” based on Natalie Babbitt’s children’s novel is still scheduled. Brosius will direct this family fare production, which poses the question: “What would you do if you could live forever?”