Mysteries take the stage at local theaters this month

A murder mystery and a turn of events on a city bus take center stage at local theaters in the area during November performances at The Schultz Theatre and Winchester Little Theatre.

The Schultz

Director Ron Smith and Assistant Director Emma Reger put on Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot: Or Holmes for the Holidays” for The Schultz Theatre at its new location in Broadway at J.F. Hillyard Middle School Auditorium.

The play is about real life actor William Gillette, who is best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage in 1899. In the story, Gillette invites his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle, but after a cast member is stabbed to death, Gillette must become Holmes and track down the killer.

Director Ron Smith said the cast began rehearsing in late August, meeting two days a week, but would begin five days a week rehearsals this week in preparation for their upcoming performances.

The eight cast members are Tim Reger, Helen Nafziger, Richard Clem, Lea Hedrick, Myles Lawlor, Deanna Garmer, Lisa Lewis and Michele Reger.

If You Go
• When: 7 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19; and at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20.
• Where: The Schultz Theatre at J.F. Hillyard Middle School Auditorium in Broadway.
• Fee: Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.schultztheatre.com.

Little Theatre

Winchester Little Theatre will hold showings for “The Cross Town Bus,” by Jan Kirby, directed by Roxie Orndorff.

In an ordinary city bus people keep to themselves and remain isolated in their individual bus seats, but in this show, a passenger refuses to follow the norm, encouraging the passengers figuratively step into each other’s shoes.

Director Roxie Orndorff said the cast of 16 has been working on this production for the last 6 1/2 weeks.

Orndorff added that this is the third play by Jan Kirby that the Winchester Little Theatre has produced.

If You Go
• When: 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Wednesday, Thursday, Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.
• Where: Winchester Little Theater at 315 W. Boscawen St. in Winchester.
• Fee: Tickets can be purchased at http://www.wltonline.org/, by calling the box office at 540-662-3331, or in person at Winchester Book Gallery in the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall or at Blue Plate Books, 2257 Valley Ave., Winchester.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com.