SAGINAW, MI – Tickets remain on sale here for the new season’s premiere production at the Pit & Balcony Community Theater.
“Murder on the Orient Express” starts at 7:30 pm on Friday October 1 at the Theater, 805 Hamilton in the Old Town business district.
Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 2; and Friday and Saturday 8-9 October. Sunday morning performances are scheduled for 3 p.m. on October 3 and 10.
Todd Thomas will direct a 10-actor cast for Agatha Christie’s murder mystery classic which was adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig.
The Pit & Balcony website describes the plot as follows:
“Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxury train is surprisingly full for the time of year, but in the morning there is one passenger less. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer among them, Detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he decides to strike again.
Actor Matt Kehoe will play Det. Poirot in the Saginaw production.
Tickets can be purchased online for $ 20 from the Pit & Balcony website.
The story was translated on the big screen recently. Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in a 2017 film. Sidney Lumet directed a 1974 film based on the book.
The next two productions of Pit & Balcony also feature a Hollywood story.
“Elf the Musical” is scheduled for December. The play is based on the 2003 holiday comedy starring actor Will Ferrell.
In February 2022, the theater will produce “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” based on the 1967 film about an interracial relationship and the tensions it brings to a family.
Tickets are on sale for both productions.
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