Cannon Beach, OR. , March 6, 2014 – Simon Mostyn and heiress Kay Ridgeway are on their honeymoon on a paddle steamer on the Nile River but all is not roses and champagne. A dark shadow has followed them on their post-wedding travels. Jacqueline de Severac – Simon’s jilted fiancé and Kay’s former best friend – keeps turning up at every stop on the newlywed’s itinerary. Aboard the paddle steamer are a host of characters including Miss ffoliot-ffoukes, a rich, opinionated old lady and her niece – the naive Miss Grant, plus Smith – a direct man with Socialist leanings, Dr. Bessner – a German tourist, Canon Pennefather – Kay’s guardian and several other memorable characters. While journeying along the river murder and mayhem ensue and it is up to Canon Pennefather to uncover the criminals before they reach their destination. Murder on the Nile was written by Agatha Christie in 1946 and is based on her 1937 novel, Death on the Nile. Although the book featured Hercule Poirot, she decided not to use him in the play. The play also has fewer characters than the book, and some of them are combinations of two or three characters. The richness of the settings in Christie’s novels adds to the reader’s enjoyment, as well as the real places she drew upon in each book. Her second husband, Max Mallowan, was an archaeologist, and their travels throughout the Middle East contributed background to several of her novels and plays. The setting for Murder on the Nile came from her own travels on a river steamer in Egypt as well as her fascination for ancient Egypt.
This performance is sponsored by Keith C. Schnip
Who’s Who in the Cast and Crew:
FRANK JAGODNIK (CANON PENNEFATHER): Frank was seen last fall as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He hasbeen fortunate to play in two enigmatic Agatha Christie productions: Ten Little Indians as Philip Lombard andThe Unexpected Guest as Michael Starkwedder. Other favorite roles in Coaster puzzlers include William Gillette in Postmortem, Old Dr. Watson in Sherlock’s Secret Life, Inspector Bowden in Whodunit, and Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap. Frank is thrilled to join his lovely wife, Liz, on stage again. They last played together in 2009 as the villains in Bullshot Crummond.
MICK ALDERMAN (SIMON MOSTYN): Murder On the Nile is Mick’s 22nd theatrical acting role. Most recently he appeared on the Coaster stage as Mr. Klemper in The Boys NextDoor. Previous roles (performed at various venues) include the title character in Macbeth, Williamson in Glengarry Glen Ross, Frederick in EnchantedApril, Lövborg in Hedda Gabler, Berenger in Rhinoceros, and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He hasalso directed 15 plays – four of which he also wrote – as well as three feature-length films. By day, Mick operates a video production company and designs lighting for a variety of live events, including many Coaster Theatre plays.
ELLEN JENSEN (JAQUELINE DE SEVERAC): A raging Agatha Christie enthusiast, Ellen is beyond thrilled to be playing Jaqueline de Severac. Student and waitress by day, masked vigilante and caped crusader by night, Ellen moved to Cannon Beach in 2006. She quickly became enthralled with theCoaster Theatre and has appeared as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Panacea in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, one of the multitasking clowns in The 39 Steps, or a number of various roles over the past few years.
JOSH LORING (SMITH): Since joining the theatre last spring, he’sbeen involved somehow in every show since The Boys Next Door. At first, he wasn’t sure he’d ever put his feet on the stage under the show lights, and is now looking forward to a real acting challenge.
DAVID SWEENEY (DR. BESSNER): Despite never having played a doctor, David has appeared in over 40 productions at the Coaster Theatre, including his most recent role of Cogsworth in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Other recent roles have included Richard Hannay (The 39 Steps), the Narrator/Mysterious Man (Into the Woods) and Hysterium (A Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum). Off stage, he is the pastor at Calvary Episcopal Church in Seaside.
JEAN RICE (MISS FFOLIO-FFOULKES): Jean has been involved with the Coaster Theatre since 1998 and has enjoyed all the shows in those 17 years. >From her first production playing Chelsea in On Golden Pond in 1998 to playing ditzy Janet in Wally’s Cafe in 2007, then Mrs. Peacock in Clue the Musical in 2010 and Annie in Annie Get Your Gun in 2011. In2013 she was in four of the seven plays and last year three of the seven.
AMIE FIPPS (CHRISTINA GRANT): Amie is enjoying her second role at the Coaster Theater. After dancing and singing in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, she is looking forward to expanding her acting repertoire. She is known for her swing dancing, tango and vaudeville performances in the San Diego area. She appeared in several burlesque and variety acts and played Else, the under-loved French maid, in the 2011 production of Heddatron. By day she is a marketing strategist and graphic designer for Heritage Golf Group – owner and operator of private, resort, and daily fee golf facilities nationwide.
KATIE YOUNGS (KAY MOSTYN): For Katie, performing in several high school plays was just the beginning. She tried to shake the desire to pursue performing and acting to become something nobler but now believes this may be one of the noblest things she pursues: Bringing imagination, excitement, and happiness to many.
LIZ MCCALL (LOUISE): One of her favorite things on a rain-soaked, wind-swept night is to relish a great Agatha Christie mystery, whether it’s a book, film, or on television. However, she believes there is no better way to enjoy one than being on stage in an Agatha Christie production! Other favorite roles have included Jeri Neal in Dixie Swim Club, Vera Claythorn in Ten Little Indians, Lenya Von Bruno in Bullshot Crummond, Elvira Condomine in Blithe Spirit, and Marion in Postmortem.
STEWART MARTIN (STEWARD): Cabin Steward = Stewart Martin. ‘Twas no accident that a gent who has cruised on the Nile, acted as cabin steward, butler and valet – and who greatly enjoys murder mysteries – would be cast in this role. The challenges were his continuing recovery (from three decades as a business lawyer), and developing a character uniquely filled with accent and attitudes. You may have seen him in musicals and shows at the Coaster Theatre (e.g. Christmas Carol, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, Deathtrap, Scrooge, Arsenic and Old Lace).
SETH GOLDSTEIN (BEADSELLER 2 / MCNAUGHT): In this play, he portrays three people: a local merchant, a ship’s captain, and a police officer. He was last seen on the Coaster stage as the cultured and tragic Dr. Rank in A Doll’s House. Prior to that, heperformed in the ensembles of My FairLady and Annie Get Your Gun, and was the last lonely old man to die in Arsenic and Old Lace. When not onstage, he’s working at his private practice, Dragonheart Herbs and Natural Medicine.
KAREN MARTIN: (BEADSELLER 1): Karen has made a lot of beaded jewelry and ornaments over the years, but never thought of herself as a “beadseller” until now. Involved at the Coaster Theatre for many years, on the Board andtreading the boards she has also performed in Tillamook and Forest Grove. Author, researcher and instructor in family history, she is thrilled to be performing on stage for the first time with her husband Stewart.
JENNI TRONIER (DIRECTOR): This is Jenni’s directorial debut at the Coaster Theatre. This play combines her love of the theatre, ancient Egypt and a good Agatha Christie murder mystery. In addition to directing, Jenni is an actor, dancer, choreographer and singer. She studied acting for one year at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and completed a two-year training program at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC. After graduating she co-founded Phenomenon Productions in NYC and produced two full-length plays: Zastrozzi, The Master of Discipline and The Just Assassin as well as a new work staged reading of Beyond. Previously she directed Coffee & Cigarettes. Onstage her Coaster Theatre credits include Twelfth Night, Present Laughterand The Importance of Being Earnest. Additional acting credits includeZastrozzi, Pericles, American Clock, Bedroom Farce, Twelve Angry Women, Once Upon A Mattress and You Can’t Take it With You. Jenni is also the Marketing & Operations director for the Coaster Theatre Playhouse.
EMILY ESTRADA (STAGE MANAGER): Emily graduated from the University of Oregon this past spring where she studied Theatre Arts with an emphasis in dramaturgy, working on shows such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Spring Awakening, Ecstasy: A Water Fable, Arcadia, and Creature. With the UofO Emilyalso had the opportunity to study theatre in London. She previously served as stage manager for Coaster Theatre’s fall production of Twelfth Night.
PATRICK LATHROP (COSTUMER): Patrick holds an MA in Costume History and Design. His Thesis was “British Theatrical Costumes and Nineteenth Century Costume Conventions” He has costumed the following since 1990: Annie Get Your Gun, Smokey Joe’s Café, Aesop’s Falables, The Lion, Witch & Wardrobe, Hamlet, The Fantasticks, The Grass Harp, Working, TheUnexpected Guest, Taking Steps, Man of La Mancha, 2 x 5, Personals, The Bay at Nice, The Unseen Hand, The Toilette, Dutchman, 84,Charing Cross Road, Candide, and Cloud 9. Patrick has also costumed at the Coaster Theatre, and while credited as the designer, he credits the group effort that created the costumes for A Doll’s House, Present Laughter, Into the Woods and The 39 Steps. He is also the Executive Director of the Coaster Theatre.
KRISTA GUENTHER (SET PAINTER/DESIGNER): 2015 marks the tenth year Krista Guenther has called Cannon Beach home. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was the first set Krista worked on for theCoaster Theater. Working on set design, and painting is one of her favoritethings. She enjoys being in a slightly haunted historic building where the floor moves with the tides, and alongside mysterious and creative people. Her favorite part about working in the theater is the challenges each set brings as well as collaborating with impossibly talented people and learning how to use power tools.
MICK ALDERMAN (LIGHTING DESIGNER): Since 1990, Mick Alderman has designed lighting for dozens of stage plays, dance concerts, and other liveevents. Most recently, he lit Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Twelfth Night, Into The Woods, The 39 Steps, Present Laughter, A Doll’s House, Irving Berlin’sWhite Christmas and Gramercy Ghost for the Coaster Theatre, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the Astor Street Opry Company, and The Nutcracker for Little Ballet Theatre.
CINDY KARR (PROPS): Cindy attended college in London, KY where she received her AA degree in Music Performance in 1993. Later moving to Portland, she graduated in 2006 from Le Cordon Bleu with a degree in Patisserie & Baking. After volunteering at the Coaster Theatre in the light/sound booth, as a stage manager, and as pianist for the Children’s Education Program, she joined the Coaster Theatre staff in 2013.
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