My name is Seymour Twitt. To say I am wealthy is an understatement. I would have to lose half my fortune to be considered wealthy. I have everything I have ever desired, with one exception.
For about the last year I have been receiving death threats. A man of my stature expects this to happen occasionally, but these threats have been increasingly numerous in the past few weeks.
That’s why I have hired a private eye, Dudley Sharp. I want him to find out who has been sending these death threats so I can deal with them accordingly. Keep in mind, Sharp is not the brightest light bulb in the chandelier but he is the only private eye in town.
I am to meet him this weekend at the Chinese restaurant located in a little backwater borough on the other side of town. A place called, “The Orient Express.” It’s not a posh restaurant but the two Irish sisters who on it are friendly and their German waitress seems to mind her own business.
I am asking you to be there, too, this Friday and Saturday night at seven o’clock and Sunday at two o’clock. I know if Sharp is there and I have lots of people in attendance there will be little chance of a “Murder at the Orient Express.”
It’s the next offering of the Heritage Preservation Foundation and the Grand Opera House. The play is written by Craig Sodaro and is produced by special arrangement with pioneer Drama Services, Inc., Englewood, Colo.
Long time stage actor Randy Taapken directs the play. This is his first undertaking in the director’s seat and he also has the role of Manny Fern. So the double duty, while not unique to community theatre, is certainly a challenge.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. They will be available at the door but we recommend calling ahead to reserve your tickets, especially if you are bringing a large crowd. Please call 217-248-9839 to reserve your tickets today for “Murder at the Orient Express.”
The play runs Oct. 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. And as always, thank you for supporting the Grand Opera House at 123 State Street in Beardstown.