SOAP presents ‘killer’ play

SOAP presents ‘killer’ play

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South Okanagan Amateur Players are getting ready for their next production called “The Games Afoot,” coming to Frank Venables Theatre on November 2-4. (Photo contributed)

Rehearsals have commenced for SOAP Theatre’s fall production of “The Games Afoot (or Holmes for The Holidays) by Ken Ludwig.

The Game’s Afoot will be presented on the stage of Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver Nov. 2 to 4, with a 2 pm matinee performance on Saturday, Nov. 4. Regretfully SOAP is not able to bring this play to Osoyoos because of the complex set which has been designed and constructed by cast member Craig Bjornson.

It’s December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry.

But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, and the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

This play was named the “Best Mystery Play of 2012” by The Mystery Writers of America. “It is a fast-paced ensemble piece filled with great roles, and keeps everyone guessing ‘who done it?’ right up to the very end of the show,” says Ted Osborne, the veteran SOAP director who is the creative force behind this latest production. SOAP Theatre patrons will likely remember the non-stop laughter when SOAP presented Lend Me A Tenor, in 2014, also by Ludwig.

The cast, who have spent most of the summer working on their lines, includes SOAP veterans and several new actors. The play is produced by Patrick Turner and Andrea Furlan supported by a dedicated back stage team.

Advance tickets are available online at venablestheatre.ca. There will be volume discounts for those purchasing 10 or more tickets online.

The Game’s Afoot is the first of three plays being produced by SOAP Theatre for the 2017-2018 season. Also in the works is Norm Foster’s Old Love in February and Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley in April.

More information on the 2017-18 season is available at www.soplayers.ca

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