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10/28/2013 11:15:00 AM
'Murder on the Nile' opens Oct. 31
Byron High's fall play features a "whodunit" murder mystery

By David Richards

In light of a rare Halloween night opening, the Byron High School drama team presents, "Murder on the Nile," a murder mystery mixed with a hint of romance.

The production, written by Agatha Christie, and used with permission from Samuel French, will run Thursday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 each night at the Byron Middle School auditorium.

"It's just good, family entertainment," said Sandra Hennings Miller, who has spent nearly a quarter century as the high school's drama coach.

The tale tells the story of an elite group of nine passengers on a cruise down The Nile.

Two of them are murdered, and the captain turns the investigation over to another passenger, Cannon Pennefather, who takes charge of the case until police arrive.

Other than that, Hennings Miller was reluctant to say more.

"Unless you know the story, it's one of those things where you can't give much away," she said.

What she does say about the drama is that among the characters are a French maid, a German doctor, an American aristocrat and a Scottish girl, with the other passengers being Brittish.

"There are a lot of dialects used on stage," Hennings Miller said.

While "Murder on the Nile" is a lot of things, a murder, a mystery, a drama, a romance, it's not laugh-out-loud funny.

Hennings Miller said there are a few humorous characters, but added that the story isn't a comedy.

"The audience isn't going to be rolling on the aisles laughing," she said.

She also said those in attendance can expect elaborate costumes, fantastic sets and excellent acting.

"There is a lot of talent on our stage," she said.By David Richards

In light of a rare Halloween night opening, the Byron High School drama team presents, "Murder on the Nile," a murder mystery mixed with a hint of romance.

The production, written by Agatha Christie, and used with permission from Samuel French, will run Thursday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 each night at the Byron Middle School auditorium.

"It's just good, family entertainment," said Sandra Hennings Miller, who has spent nearly a quarter century as the high school's drama coach.

The tale tells the story of an elite group of nine passengers on a cruise down The Nile.

Two of them are murdered, and the captain turns the investigation over to another passenger, Cannon Pennefather, who takes charge of the case until police arrive.

Other than that, Hennings Miller was reluctant to say more.

"Unless you know the story, it's one of those things where you can't give much away," she said.

What she does say about the drama is that among the characters are a French maid, a German doctor, an American aristocrat and a Scottish girl, with the other passengers being Brittish.

"There are a lot of dialects used on stage," Hennings Miller said.

While "Murder on the Nile" is a lot of things, a murder, a mystery, a drama, a romance, it's not laugh-out-loud funny.

Hennings Miller said there are a few humorous characters, but added that the story isn't a comedy.

"The audience isn't going to be rolling on the aisles laughing," she said.

She also said those in attendance can expect elaborate costumes, fantastic sets and excellent acting.

"There is a lot of talent on our stage," she said.





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