This fall, the Christendom Players will return to the stage with performances of Agatha Christie’s famed murder mystery Murder on the Nile. The play, based off her novel Death on the Nile, will be performed over the weekend of November 19-21 in the college’s St. Lawrence Commons.
The play marks the fifth Christendom Players production of an Agatha Christie play, following performances of And Then There Were None, Appointment with Death, Witness for the Prosecution, and others. Murder on the Nile features Christie protagonist Canon Pennefather investigating a murder while in Egypt, with a colorful cast of characters appearing throughout the play.
The theatrical production will once again be directed by alumna Elizabeth Foeckler, who also directed My Fair Lady, Right Ho, Jeeves!, An Evening of Shakespeare, Anything Goes, and 12 Angry Men. She is joined by alumna Anne Sullivan, who is serving as co-director.
The cast, made up entirely of students, was chosen through a competitive round of auditions and callbacks. The students chosen are already hard at work, dedicating hours practicing to make the show one for audiences to remember.
Christendom is hopeful that the performances will be open to the public this fall. However, the decision will be made closer to the event to consider all circumstances come November.
The Christendom Players, a student-run club, perform a play each fall and a musical each spring. Although Christendom College does not offer a performing arts major, many students include acting as part of their extracurricular pursuits during college. The resulting showcase of talent – both musical and theatrical – draw in students across all the disciplines, resulting in rich theatrical productions each academic year.