The Neuse Little Theatre continues its 42nd season with the musical “Something’s Afoot,” a satirical take on Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.”
The musical opens Friday and runs through Nov. 21, with a total of five performances. It tells the comical story of 10 people stranded in an English country manor, where, one by one, they mysteriously die.
As the death toll rises, the survivors begin to suspect each other, and the culprit is revealed in the end.
For the NLT, which makes its home in The Hut at 104 S. Front St., “Something’s Afoot” is the second of its five major shows this season. The theater just wrapped up “Seniors of the Sahara” in September.
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Ruth Mills of Wilson’s Mills, who’s directing the musical, first started with the theater company in 1999. She directs about one show each season.
Mills said the choice of “Something’s Afoot” came after repeated requests by theater board members and actors.
“They said the music is really good,” Mills said. “It’s very sort of Broadway. It’s got a little jazz, a little modern Broadway music, all those wonderful things in it. If you knew the words, you would go out singing the songs.”
She added that she wakes up every morning singing one of the songs.
Mills said she has always been impressed by the crop of folks who audition for the productions. She said she has never had an incident where she lacked an actor to fit a certain role.
Adam Marlow of Clayton, who plays the male romantic lead, said he likes combining his passion for music and acting. This will be Marlow’s fifth show, and he said he’s drawn to audition for the musicals because of his involvement in the music ministry at his church.
Joyce Kilpatrick-Jordan of Smithfield, who plays a doctor in this production, has performed in Neuse Little Theatre shows since the company’s founding in 1977. She met her husband when they both took part in the musical “1940’s Radio Hour.” The both still act in an average of one show a year.
Asked what she liked most about performing with the NLT, Kilpatrick-Jordan said: “the friends, camaraderie and the challenge.”
Dramas are her first love, but she said she likes musicals because they are just fun and no one person carries the lead.
Want to go?
Show dates and times:
8 p.m. Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21
3 p.m. Nov. 15
Box office: 919-934-1873
Reserved tickets are $15 each, or $17 each at the door.
The theatre does not take credit/debit cards. It accepts cash or checks only.