Side-Splitting Who-Done-It at Apple Hill Playhouse
The sixth show of the Apple Hill Playhouse summer season is Secondary Cause of Death, a sequel to last season’s mystery comedy Murdered to Death.
If you thought Murdered to Death was funny, just wait till you see this one! Inspector Pratt arrives at Bagshot House with grim news for Colonel Craddock, and that’s just the beginning. Who is the strange Polish Count? How does the eccentric thespian, Longfellow, fit into the equation? These maniacal characters make Pratt’s return a chaotic nightmare and the bodies keep piling higher and higher!
Secondary Cause of Death was written by Peter Gordon.
Performances are September 18, 19, 20; 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM and September 21 & 28 at 2:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: the September 21 show has LIMITED SEATING available! Call 724-468-5050 to order tickets. Thrifty Thursday tickets $13; Friday, Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee Tickets $17. Dine at Lamplighter Restaurant before the show. Dinner Theatre packages are available.
The suspects ∼
Karin Maresh Director
Karin Maresh is an associate professor of communication arts at Washington & Jefferson College where she teaches a variety of courses ranging from theatre to film to women and gender studies. She is a theatre jack-of-all-trades, having acted, directed, designed sound and props, stage managed, and served as dramaturg for multiple productions in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She has directed for Valley Players of Ligonier (Summer of Love) and Apple Hill Playhouse (Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge and Murdered to Death). She is also mother to two beautiful, energetic boys.
Melissa Raichel Stage Manager
Melissa Raichel is a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg holding a BA in Visual and Performing Arts. Apple Hill Playhouse credits include stage managing this year’s Summer of Love, and last season’s Murdered to Death, On Golden Pond, and Why Do Fools Fall in Love? She serves on the boards of Valley Players of Ligonier and the Westmoreland Choral Society. Melissa is excited to once again work with her Murdered to Death family and extending this family to the new performers for Secondary Cause of Death.
Ellen Kalik ∼Lady Isadora Pollock
Ellen Kalik appeared in Murdered to Death last season as Mildred Bagshot. She is happy she gets to live longer this time around. Since then she has played Constable Thompkins in Community Theatre Players’Murdered to Death, Mrs. Parker in Grand Theatre’sA Christmas Story, Helene/Lucy in Comtra’sThe Women, Judith in Heritage Player’sHay Fever and Kitty in Red Barn’sOld Love. It’s been a busy year. Break a leg cast and crew, both old and new acquaintances.
Craig appeared last season in Apple Hill Playhouse’s Southern Hospitality as “Aunt Iney” (that’s right, “Aunt”), On Golden Pond, and Murdered to Death, as well as previous season’s productions here, and for Valley Players in Ligonier and Greensburg Civic Theater. He was in the previous AHP show, Suite Surrender, earlier this season. He is grateful to be in this wonderful, talented cast, and dedicates anything that happens on stage to his four children – Alec, Kaley, Camden, and Avery, as well as the rest of his crazy-sideways-extended family.
Andrew Nesky ∼Colonel Charles Craddock & Cardew Longfellow
Andrew Nesky is an old hand at the Apple Hill Barnyard. The most recent appearance under the apple trees was as Sal in last fall’s A Little Family Business. Most recently he appeared as Lance Chadwick in the Theater Factory’s production of Polyester the Musical. Andrew has done everything from Shakespeare to slapstick at many Pittsburgh area venues throughout the years. Other Apple Hill productions have included Warnock Waldgrave in The Nerd, Dub Dubberly in Christmas Belles, Dr. Anthony Wainwright in A talent for Murder, Ray Bud in Dearly Departed, and Count Youskevitch in Neal Simon’s Fools. Andrew is gratified to be working with so many fabulously talented old friends and stupendously talented new ones. Hi Mom!
Rachel is thrilled to be back on stage at Apple Hill taking part in Secondary Cause of Death as "Captain Henrietta Woolmer-Cardington." Last Season she performed in the first installment, Murdered to Death, as "Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington". Other productions Rachel has recently performed in include, Summer of Love (Holly), Chicago (Mona), The Underpants (Louise), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky). In her spare time, Rachel is the Musical Choreographer for Derry Area High School. When not on stage performing or rehearsing, Rachel is a 1st grade teacher.
Cindy Swanson ∼Cynthia Maple
Cindy is so very happy to be back on Apple Hill's stage. She has been involved in community theatre for the past 16 years and has been seen in productions with The Grand Theatre, McKeesport Little Theatre, Heritage Players, Theatre Factory, Baldwin Players, Little Lake Theatre, Throughline Theatre and Old Schoolhouse Players to name a few. Her favorite role of all time was playing Bananas in House of Blue Leaves, South Park Theatre. Cindy has participated in the 48 Hr Film Project in the past and had a recurring role on the now cancelled television show Pastor Greg. She has directed a few community theater productions and has had a few commercials out there, but her first love is the stage. Enjoy the show!
Claire Ratway ∼Martha Armstrong
Clare is excited to appear for her second show this summer. She is a 35 year survivor of teaching in the Pittsburgh Public Schools (got out while the getting was good).
Kate O’Halloran ∼Lily Tuthill
Kathleen O’Halloran last performed the title role in Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge in 2012. She has performed in a variety of shows since the ‘80’s and includes Kitchen Witches, Dearly Beloved, Christmas Belles, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Unnecessary Farce and No Sex Please, We’re British in her repertoire of favorites. Her most beloved roles are mother to Meghan and nana to her adorable grandson Chase! She dedicates her performance to Michael, who is always her “Angel in the Wings.”
Rick Dutrow ∼Inspector Pratt
Rick Dutrow (Inspector Pratt) delighted our last season's audiences in our production of Murdered To Death as the unforgettable Inspector Pratt and we are excited to have Rick re-create his memorable Inspector Pratt in today's production of the sequel, Secondary Cause of Death, the 2nd installment in the "Pratt Trilogies"! Rick just appeared in our Suite Surrender as Mr. Pippet in July 2014, in our 2013 production of Caught In the Net as John Smith, in our 2011 production of A Ladies Man as Dr. Mercule Molineaux, & in our 2009 production of The Rainmaker as Starbuck. In 2007 in our production of The Nerd, Rick was awarded the “Best Lead Performance” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with his portrayal of Rick Steadman as the Nerd. Rick has also starred in our productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Something to Hide, Misery, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Dial "M" for Murder. Rick has preformed in numerous stage productions, commercials, industrial films, and made-for-TV movies in and around the Pittsburgh area for the past 30 years. Rick was a Theatrical Performance major at St. Vincent College and you may have seen him star in The Theater Factory's 2003 production of Funny Money as Henry Perkins; and the New Kensington Civic Theater's 2013 production of Noises Off as Lloyd Dallas the Director. Rick is a Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, and was ranked in the top 5% in the USA. Rick has 3 children he loves even more than the Theatre!
Megan Datsko ∼Nurse Ann Parsley
Megan Datsko makes her Apple Hill Playhouse debut in this show. Previous performances include Sheena in Slasher, Kato in The Little Mermaid, and Sunny in The Toys Take over Christmas with GCT and Mrs. McGonigle in The Left Out Leprechaun and Cat in Pinocchio at Theatre Factory. Megan has also been in the motion pictures 10th and Wolf and Adventureland as well as the spike tv television series The Kill Point. Megan is a certified veterinary technician at K Vet Animal Care. She enjoys skydiving and being a ninja.
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