Warner Robins Little Theatres Murder by the Book, opening Friday, is the story of a group of people who have formed a secret society that holds an annual meeting in a 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 Dickinson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain and Agatha Christie.
The meeting is being conducted like 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 isnt 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.
Its 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 directors dream. They are having fun and doing a great job, Collins said.
Murder by the Book
When: 8 p.m. Sept. 6-7, 12-14 and 19-21; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15
Where: Warner Robins Little Theatre, 502 S. Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins
Cost: $16 general admission; $14 military, students and seniors. Thursday nights are buy one ticket, get one half price
Information: 478-929-4579; www.wrlt.org