QAC Presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile

QAC Presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile

QAC Presents Agatha Christie Mystery this Week 

Murder, intrigue and a vindictive love triangle come together in the Quebec Art Company’s fall production of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile”. 

Set on a river steamboat, the play brings together a strange mix of personalities, almost all with potentially lethal motives. 

Shots are fired, and not one, but two deaths follow.

The mystery deepens, and it appears that only the wisdom of Canon Pennefather can shed light on the identity and motives of the killer. 

Members of the QAC 'Murder on the Nile' cast at the card table.

For this work to bear fruit, the QAC has put together a cast of 13, led by director Mark Lepitre (stepping in to play Simon Mostyn due to unforseen circumstances) and also including Sheila Mawn (Kay Mostyn), Brian Skidmore (Dr. Bessner), Jonathan Letellier-Black (William Smith), Miriam Blair (Beadseller), Jane Dickinson (Miss Ffoliot-Ffoulkes), Katherine Burgess (fresh from her day job as Reverend of St. Andrews Church playing Canon Penefather), Kayla Vargas (Beadseller), Simon Harvey (Steward) , Sarah Côté-Dion (Jacqueline de Severac), Kelly-Ann Rousseau-Bédard (Louise), Alison Hart Lengyel (Christina Grant) and Maya Hart Lengyel (Beadseller).

The cast and crew are an interesting mix of QAC regulars and a number of new faces. 

The talented Sheila Mawn returns in a leading role and has brought along her twin sister Audrey to help out backstage. 

Some of the cast took time out to answer a couple of questions:

QAC veteran Jane Dickinson:
(1) How does it feel for an experienced thespian like yourself: “Even after years of getting on stage, it is still a little scary”;
(2) Do you feel well cast in this play? “It seems that I have lately been typecast as a disagreeable elderly lady, but that is easy for me – I just play myself.” 

Newcomer from afar Allison Hart Lengyel
How have you ended up on the stage here in Quebec? “I learned about the QAC through friends at Ubisoft. My daughter is already an aspiring thespian having written and acted in her own play in the 8th grade, but I was envious of seeing her up on stage and decided to join her.” 

Role-melding Katherine Burgess:
How does it feel playing a role that is so close to your own profession as a minister?  “I do really feel the need to apply my religious training to the way I need to consul other characters in the play, but I do not share my character’s fanatical focus on obtaining financing for more materialistic matters.” 

Local francophone newcomer Kelly-Ann Rousseau-Bédard:
(1) Do you find it difficult acting in another language?  “It really works because in the play I am a French girl and thus my accent in English is natural.” 
(2) This is your first theatrical experience – are you enjoying it enough to continue?  “Oh yes, I am definitely having a good time and want to do it again in any language – OK, maybe not in Japanese.”

Months of preparations will now culminate in four performances that will be held at the Holland Elementary School, starting this Thursday evening and ending with a Sunday matinee (see Quebec City Events Calendar for details). 

If you are a fan of community theatre or classic mysteries (and even if you’re not), come out and join them to find out “whodunit.” 
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Photo: Ladd Johnson, Quebec Art Company
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