Agatha Christie’s “Appointment with Death” to come to GHS

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Chloe Diaz (junior), April Polluck (senior), Colin Judson (senior), Lilly Atkinson (junior), and Tallen Noel (freshman) rehearse for the fall play. (Melanie Hertzler)

by Eliana Spitler

  Murder, mystery, and a whole cast of suspects.

  November 16th and 17th at 7:30 PM and November 18th at 2 PM, the Goshen High School Drama Club will be performing Agatha Christie’s “Appointment with Death.”

  “I read about twelve plays and finally thought, ‘I’d like to find an Agatha Christie if I could,’” said Mrs. Susan Long, the fall play’s director. “So then I came across a list of her ten plays that are less well known that have been released recently. I actually found three that I was excited about, so I had Ms. O’Leary read them too. Together we looked at it, and narrowed it down to two. Then I had to make the final choice and I picked this one because of where it’s set; it’s so different. We’re having a great time thinking about the set and how to make it look time period, which is the forties, and also to look like how a British playwright would want it to look.”

  “Appointment with Death” tells the story of a group of people visiting Jerusalem in 1945: a manipulative old American woman and her timid children, a British aristocrat, a kind hearted spinster, a French psychiatrist, and a female doctor. When the American woman is murdered, it’s up to the rest to find the murderer—and everyone is a suspect.

  “I’m most excited for people to see the amount of diversity we have within this cast,” said Danielle Horn, a senior Drama Club member. “There are tons of accents and emotional diversity, and its amazing we have the actors to do it!”

  Horn plays Nadine Boynton, the daughter-in-law of the murder victim.

  “My favorite thing about my character is how unpredictable she is,” said Horn. “In researching her, she was called ‘the most confusing character in the whole play’. I feel like she is incredibly three dimensional, which will really challenge me as an actor. I relate to her so much and I’m excited to portray such an interesting character.”

  “Appointment with Death” is unlike anything ever performed at GHS.

  “We have a very good cast that’s working very hard,” said Long. “There’ll be a lot of dialects that will be used that’ll be interesting, the costuming will be very fun; 1940’s was a time period that was in it’s own way an elegant time, and yet the world is at turmoil. We’ve ordered some beautiful backdrops. I just think with the set, the costuming, the students, the focus, it’s all going to be an extravagant extravaganza.”

  Tickets can be bought at the door for $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors.



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