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REH premieres Christie’s BBC Murders
Gary Sandy leads cast of 20 in Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders
Article published on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
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Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders plays Nov. 13-18 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.
CLEARWATER – Ruth Eckerd Hall presents the North American premiere of the National Tour of “Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders,” Nov. 13-18, at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

Show times are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. with matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

This award winning production was adapted for the stage by Judith Walcutt and David Ossman.

With members hailing from Broadway to Hollywood, this cast and creative team breathes life into these lost Agatha Christie thrillers transporting audience members back in time to World War II era Britain.

Leading the cast of 20 in this new production is stage and screen actor Gary Sandy.

Best known for his role as Andy Travis in the classic television series “WKRP in Cincinnati,” Sandy has also made countless TV guest appearances including a feature role in Norman Lear's “All That Glitters,” for which he received critical acclaim, “Murder She Wrote,” “F.B.I. The Untold Story,” “The Young Riders,” “L.A. Law” and “Diagnosis Murder.” Sandy has appeared in more than 100 theatrical productions including many Off-Broadway presentations.

Portraying Agatha Christie, Melinda Peterson has been a professional actor since 1969. Her husband, Phil Proctor, introduced Peterson to radio theatre in 1990 when she played all of the 13 female roles, from a nymphomaniacal power broker to a Philippino nurse, in “Power for NPR.” Though she has done lots of soap work and numerous guest appearances on television, she is a committed stage actor and long-time member of Los Angeles' renowned classic theater company, Antaeus.

Best known for his work as Howard on Nickelodeon’s animated series “Rugrats,” internationally renowned voice actor Phil Proctor joins the cast. A founding member of Firesign Theater, Proctor is a featured vocal artist for Pixar and Disney and creator of the drunken French monkey in the Dr. Doolittle movies. A man of a thousand voices in many languages, his performance as Toto graces Otherworld Media's 100th Anniversary production of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” He can be seen with his wife, Melinda, in the comic horror film, “The Selling” and on tour in a one-man reading of excerpts from “Don Quixote” accompanied by the LA Guitar Quartet.

Actress and singer Amy Walker joins the cast. Her recent highlights include “A Discourse on Accents,” with Jack White's Third Man Records, a TEDx Talk, the GeoDome immersive film, and “Nancy in Oliver.”

Richard Fish has worked in audio theatre since 1970. He’s an actor who became a writer, producer, director, teacher, engineer, Foley artist, broadcaster, publisher, and salesman. Cassandra Post is the 2012 winner of the Angie Award for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s International Mystery Writers’ Festival. Based in New York City, she attended Inerlochen Arts Academy for two years and is now a senior at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theater Arts and Film.

Orson Ossman is a recent graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. He has been an actor since he was a child and plans on pursuing a career in the film industry both in front of and behind the camera.

Tony Brewer also is on board as sound designer and Foley artist. Joining the creative team is world-renowned set and lighting designer Brian Sidney Bembridge. Based in Chicago for the past 13 years, Bembridge designs sets and lighting for theaters nationwide in addition to playing an integral role in Chicago’s distinguished theater community.

Amy Cianci brings her expertise in costume design to the production. Cianci has designed more than 95 shows, locally and nationally in the last 10 years, receiving Best of the Bay in Costume Design by Creative Loafing in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Joining the creative team as artistic director is Eckerd Theater Company’s Julia Flood. Flood has been artistic director of Eckerd Theater Company at Ruth Eckerd Hall since 1998 and has more than 30 years of experience in professional theater.

Veteran Broadway producer Zev Buffman, with 29 Tony Award nominations, a co-producer of the Broadway hit “Blithe Spirit” starring Angela Lansbury, is also the man who brought Elizabeth Taylor to Broadway in “The Little Foxes” and “Private Lives.” Buffman is the 2010 winner of the Mystery Writers’ of America’s prestigious Raven Award. He now steps up to another level in offering a unique and fascinating stage tour of “Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders.”

“The BBC Murders” originated with the BBC Mystery Series just before and after World War II. The manuscripts were lost for more than 50 years due to the London Blitz and post war reconstruction. The plays include “Butter in a Lordly Dish,” “Three Blind Mice,” “Personal Call” and “Yellow Iris.”

Tickets start at $40. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

“Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders,” plays Nov. 13-18, at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St.
Article published on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
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