Agatha Christie play on stage at Apollo

November 10, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Agatha Christie's murder mystery is 60 years old but still can keep audiences guessing in an upcoming stage version at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg.

"And Then There Were None" will debut Friday, Nov. 11, and run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 20.

"This is one of those plays that deserves its classic status," says Joey Thorne, director of the play. "Agatha Christie referred to this play as 'near impossible to solve.' Even if you've seen the movies, I still think you'll be surprised. It's all about how the actors sell it."

The well-known Christie play that brings 10 strangers - all, coincidentally, accused of murder crimes - to a remote island, is currently going through a revival, Thorne says.


In London, the play has been revamped to bring a 1930s-era mystery to life for younger audiences. A computer game based on the book version of "And Then There Were None" also has emerged, creating more interest in the classic mystery.

Kenny Louden of Shepherdstown is enjoying exploring his lead role of Philip Lombard, an adventurer who lives for taking risks, he says.

"Lombard, he has a very peculiar sense of humor," Louden says. "There are times when there is some tension on the stage and Lombard just makes some off-the-wall comments. The character is really fun to play."

Kathy Ohlhaber, 20, a sophomore at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, is the emotionally complex Vera Claythorne, the lead female character of the play.

Vera "is like most people," Ohlhaber says. "This terrible thing happened to her and she's carrying this guilt with her. That's why she starts to break down. I think she's terrified and we start to see that through the play."

"And Then There Were None" also has been published as "Ten Little Indians." Ten strangers show up at a remote island mansion where they are confronted with their roles in past murders. The guests start dying off mysteriously as the surviving guests struggle to find out who is the murderer among them.

If you go ...

WHAT: Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"

WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 11 and 18; and Saturdays, Nov. 12 and 19; 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 13 and 20.

WHERE: Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin Street, Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: $12, evening shows; $10, matinee shows; $7 for student admission; group discounts available.

DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 81 south, take exit 13 toward downtown Martinsburg and turn left off the exit onto W.Va. 15. Go straight into Martinsburg and turn left onto South Queen Street. Turn right onto East Martin Street and the theater is on the right.

MORE: For more information, go to To reserve tickets in advance, call the theater at 1-304-263-6766.

'And Then There Were None' cast and crew

The cast includes:

Roger Hulme as Rogers

Lauren R. Hugg as Mrs. Rogers

Dylan Batten as Fred Narracott

Kathy Ohlhaber as Vera Claythorne

Kenny Louden as Philip Lombard

Anthony Brooks and Samuel Hutson as Anthony Marston

Tom Ballard as William Blore

Cliff Kurt as General MacKenzie

Elizabeth Jones as Emily Brent

Byron Simpson as Sir Lawrence Wargrave

Homer Speaker as Dr. Edward Armstrong

The production crew includes:

Joey Thorne, director

Tiffany Noll and Samuel Hutson, stage managers

Kathleen Bost, costumes

Joanne Kulp and Hazel Ballard, properties

Ed Boutte, sound

Anthony Brooks, lighting design

Judy Malone and Liz Lundberg, make-up and hair

Bob Fuegi, set foreman

Jeff Malone, set construction

Judy Malone, promotions

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