Shady Side Academy Senior School presents the winter student musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Feb. 7-9, 2020. Performances will be held Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online by phone at 412-968-3040, or at the door. Note: Some content may not be suitable for children under 13.
Based on Charles Dickens' unfinished novel of the same name, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. In small town of Cloisterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. But by whom? Dickens passed away before he was able to reveal the culprit. Rupert Holmes' award-winning musical solves this predicament by asking the audience to choose which character is the killer by putting it to a vote. Staged in metatheatrical manner by the Music Hall Royale, a traveling Victorian theatre troupe full of just as many colorful characters as the roles they play, this charming and inventive musical is sure to intrigue and entertain any musical or mystery lover.
More than 70 students in grades 9-12 are in the cast, crew and orchestra pit of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Some principal roles include senior Sanjna Narayan as Edwin Drood, junior Jake Rohr as John Jasper, sophomore Braden Crow as Chairman, senior Isabella Salvucci as Rosa Bud, junior Charlotte McDaniel as Princess Puffer, senior Giri Viswanathan as Neville Landless, freshman Karina Saba as Helena Landless, senior Max Minard as Reverend Crisparkle, sophomore Noah Delisma as Bazzard, junior Mark Fire as Durdles, and freshman Ben Rohr as Deputy.
Junior Annabel Everett is the assistant director, senior Ava Caron is the dramaturge, junior Hannah Romoff is the stage manager and senior Rose Genstein is the assistant stage manager.
Faculty members Dana Hardy-Bingham and Dr. Dan Brill are the show's director and music director, respectively. Staff member Austin Davidheiser is the technical director, set designer and lighting designer, and alumnus Tron McConnell '71 is the assistant technical director. Amanda Olmstead is the choreographer and Leah Klocko is the costume designer.