Latest WRLT production depicts legendary writers

Sun News correspondentSeptember 4, 2013 

If you have ever wanted the chance to be in the same room with all the great writers, then you won’t want to miss the latest production by the Warner Robins Little Theatre.

“Murder by the Book” is the story of a group of people who have formed a secret society that holds an annual meeting in secluded mansion to pick the best and the worst mystery book of the year. The membership -- even among the members -- is secret so they all dress in costumes depicting famous authors -- Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Louisa Mae Alcott, Emily Dickenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain and Agatha Christie. The meeting is being conducted every other year.

Then the murders begin.

“If you know anything about literature, you will get a lot of the puns and sarcasm related to their particular characters,” said director Cathy Collins, who described the show as a mystery and a comedy. “There is all sorts of innuendo throughout the story that makes it so entertaining.”

The actors are dressed in period costumes and the set is designed for big gowns and includes a grand staircase.

Trying to stay alive isn’t the only competition that the characters on stage are having. They also argue about whose writing is better.

“You can really pick up so many things about each author,” Collins said. “It is a wonderful way to learn about these authors and the characters they created.”

The play is such a good opportunity to learn that Collins said if any drama or literature teacher wants to give extra credit for seeing the play, she will be glad to speak to the students or sign a program confirming their attendance.

Collins said the play is very family-oriented.

Along with the enjoyable material, Collins said, another great thing for her about the play has been the cast.

“They are really getting into it and having a ball. I am just delighted with the cast; they really are a director’s dream. They are having fun and doing a great job,” Collins said.

“Murder by the Book” will be performed Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-15 and 19-21. With the exception of a Sunday matinee Sept. 15 that begins at 2:30 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m. Ticket price is $16 for general admission; $14 for military, students and seniors. Thursday nights offer a buy one ticket, get one half price special.

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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