Christendom Players to Perform Comedy-Mystery by Legendary George M. Cohan

November 10, 2009

seven The Christendom Players will perform a hilarious comedy-mystery, "Seven Keys to Baldpate," on November 20-22, at the Warren County High School auditorium in Front Royal, Virginia.

"Seven Keys to Baldpate" was written by the legendary playwright and songwriter George M. Cohan, the only man of the theater to have his statue in Times Square. Hailed as a precursor of the great "Screwball Comedies" of the 1930's, which started actors like Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, the play is suspenseful, humorous, and suitable for the whole family.

There is a colorful cast of characters: crooked politicians, inept gangsters, a woman-hating hermit, a wisecracking female con artist, and more. All of them are desperately in pursuit of the fortune that is locked in the safe of the Baldpate Hotel.

This is the ninth production that Director Mike Powell and Producer/Assistant Director Patrick Keats have collaborated on.

"We are both pleased to be doing something that is pure Americana after several years of British shows," Keats says. "We're also very pleased with our cast. They include senior Kyle Kelley in the lead and such veterans as Cyrus Artz, Mary Harrington, and Steve Curtin in supporting roles. There are also a great crop of promising newcomers to the Christendom stage."

Performance times are Friday, November 20 at 8pm; Saturday, November 21 at 8.pm; and Sunday, November 22 at 3pm and 8pm. The Warren County High School Auditorium can be found at 155 Westminster Dr., Front Royal, VA.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students, and $3 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at the door. To reserve tickets or for information call 540-636-2900, ext. 1390.



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