Musical Opens Feb. 17: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
By Randy Wilson
JSU News Bureau
7 February 2005 — The Jacksonville State University drama and
musical programs are collaborating on the upcoming musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, written by
Rupert Holmes. Holmes based the musical on the fifteenth novel by Charles Dickens, which would be his last. However,
the novel was never completed.
This wildly warm-hearted production begins when the Music Hall Royale, a hilariously and loony Victorian musical troupe,
delivers its glitzy rendition of Dickens' mystery novel. The story deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster
who is infatuated with his music student, the fair and tender Miss Rosa Bud. However, Miss Bud is betrothed to
Jasper's nephew, the young Edwin Drood. The title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve, but
has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then who is the culprit? This is the a classic whodunit with a music motif
as a backdrop.
Musical numbers include The Wage of Sin, Perfect Strangers, Both Sides of the Coin,
Don't Quit While You're Ahead, and Moonfall. The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play
draws the audience toward one of Drood's most talked-about features, which allows the audience to vote on the
solution as a prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finale. Since there are eight people who might have
perpetrated the dastardly crime, the play has the potential to end differently each night.
The cast includes:
Character as cast in our Production
in Music Hall
Maestro of the Music
Hall Royale Orchestra
||Mr. William Cartwright
|Joshua P. Sirten
||Mr. Clive Paget
||Miss Alice Nutting
||Miss Dierdre Penegrine
||Miss Janet Conover
||Mr. Victor Grinstead
||Mr. Cedric Moncrieffe
||The Reverend Mr. Crisparkle
||Miss Angela Prysock
||The Princess Puffer
||Mr. Nick Cricker
||Mr. Phillip Bax
Wayne Claeren is the director. The sets and scenic drops were designed by Mr. Carlton Ward,
and the stage manager is Lindsay Jacks. Jeremy Stoval, a graduate student in music at JSU,
will conduct the orchestra, and Laura Danette of New York will serve as the choreographer.
The event will be held at the Ernest Stone Performing Arts Center's Second Stage
Theatre on February 17, 18, 19, 24, and 26 at 7 p.m. and on February 20 and 27 at
2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and JSU personnel, and $8
for students and military. Call 782-5648 for reservations.
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