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MURDER
ON THE
ORIENT EXPRESS

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Agatha Christie's

JULY 5 -21

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Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Adapted based on Agatha Christie's classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express by Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig

July 5 - 21, 2024
Thursdays - Saturdays @ 7 pm  |   Sundays @ 2pm

$40.00 adults    $35.00 seniors | students          

 

Spire Center for the Performing Arts

Court Street, Plymouth, Mass.

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APRIL POLAND

After three decades as a theatre professional, director April Poland is simply tickled, finally, to puzzle out a murder mystery! A Virginia native, April holds an MFA from the University of Washington and has taught at William & Mary and Regent University. She has relished playing roles from Shakespeare’s Beatrice and Lady Macbeth to Sondheim’s Witch (INTO THE WOODS). As a director, she seeks variety and challenge, and is especially intrigued by Chekhov. April is delighted to join Americana Theatre and explore this Christie/Ludwig mystery/comedy gem with its company of actors and crew in beautiful Plymouth, Mass!

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Americana Theatre Company is comprised of professionals who have worked from the highest quality regional theaters across the country from L.A. to NYC  We are proud to present you actors of the highest professional caliber.

SUMMER 2024
CAST  &  CREW

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Company Member  |  Co-Artistic Director  | Founder  |  Colonel Arbuthnot
Massachusetts

DEREK G. MARTIN

Co-Artistic Director of the Americana Theatre Company and an actor, director, choreographer, educator, and leader. He has been a professor of theatre for the BA and MFA program at Regent University, Chairman of the Theatre Program at Jessup University and is a Professor of theatre at the Stonehill College Theatre program. Derek has been a part of over 200+ productions thus far in his life. Some of his favorite roles have been Don Lockwood in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Ebeneezer Scrooge in SCROOGE the Musical, Archibald Craven in THE SECRET GARDEN, Jamie Lockhart in THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, Vic Fleming in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, and Wadsworth in CLUE to name a very few. His favorite directing projects have been Euripides’ MEDEA, Ken Ludwig’s TREASURE ISLAND and THE THREE MUSKETEERS, THE SECRET GARDEN, and Arthur Miller’s classic THE CRUCIBLE. He works as a chairman of the Board at G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice, a biblical justice advocacy group. He has written three plays with his co-artistic director and good friend Jesse M. Sullivan Including AN AMERICANAN CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: STORY OF ONE produced in New England and Orlando, and BETHLEHEM: THE CHRISTMAS STORY ROCK OPERA produced in New England and California. He is thrilled to continue to serve the patrons of Americana Theatre Company once again. Thank you for continuing to support stories that entertain and stories that matter.

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Company Member  | Co-Artistic Director  |  Hercule Poirot
Massachusetts

JESSE M. SULLIVAN

Americana: Bernard (BOEING BOEING), Dr. Carrasco (MAN OF LA MANCHA), George Horvath (PARFUMERIE), George Bailey (IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY), Athos (THE THREE MUSKETEERS), Selznick (MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS), Richard/William (THE COTTAGE). Regional: CYRANO DE BERGERAC, THE GAME, THE SPITFIRE GRILL, JC SUPERSTAR, RAGTIME, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, DAMN YANKEES. National Tours: MISS SAIGON, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. NYC: SCANDALOUS PEOPLE (NYFridge), Gregory BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN with the York Theatre Co., Ben Hecht MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS. Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Hartford, The Hartt School.

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Company Member  |  Technical Director  |  M. Bouc
Massachusetts

DAVID FRIDAY

David has had a blast as Amos in BIG FISH, Little Harp in THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, Mr. Sipos in PARFUMERIE, Vince Fontaine in GREASE, Porthos in THE THREE MUSKETEERS and it's A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Live Radio Play. A graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, David has been rather nomadic, living and performing on stage, television, radio and film, in NYC, Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, but is happy to settle down in Carver with his wonderful wife, Erin and 2 beautiful girls, Karly and Lexi. Most recently he served as Technical Director for The Company Of Pittsburgh and appeared in productions of Oklahoma!, Man Of LaMancha, and can be seen in the film Love The Coopers. “Autism awareness rocks!”

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Company Member  |  Educational Director  |  Princess Dragomiroff
Massachusetts

ERIN FRIDAY

Erin is thrilled to serve on Americana Theatre Company’s production team as the Director of Education. In 2002, Erin acquired a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Fine and Theatre Arts from Stonehill College. She has performed with companies such as The Round Barn Theatre, The Comtra Theatre, McKeesport Little Theatre, Gemini Children’s Theater and others. Erin has been a board member of ATC since 2011. Favorite roles include Salome in THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, Berthe in BOEING BOEING, Housekeeper in MAN OF LA MANCHA, Ilona Ritter in PARFUMERIE, Miss Lynch GREASE, Mary/Violet ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE: RADIO PLAY, Baker’s Wife in INTO THE WOODS, and Urleen in FOOTLOOSE.

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Returning Artist  |  Mary Debenham
Massachusetts
Actors Equity Association Member

AUBREY ELSON

Aubrey is excited to be back at Americana after An Americana Christmas Carol! Most recently, she starred in the World Premiere of Last Night in Inwood at Theatre Lab, nominated for best new work in South Florida. National Tours: CATS, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. NY/LA regional credits: Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Oliver, Cabaret, Into the Woods, Urinetown, Seven Brides…, CATS, Nunsense. Aubrey is a voice/speech/movement/acting adjunct at Dean College, dialect coach, choreographer, and yoga teacher. Love to my family.

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Guest Artist  |  Helen Hubbard
Massachusetts

STEPHANIE WELLS

Stephanie is pleased to make her Americana Theatre debut. Growing up in Plymouth, she’s performed all over the South Shore and Boston, including as Truvy in Company Theatre’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Beatrice in Shakespeare on the Rock’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and Emily Dickinson in THE BELLE OF AMHERST at Priscilla Beach Theatre. Trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory, she received her B.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She would like to give special thanks to her husband, Mike, and her family for all their support!

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Returning Artist  |  Greta Ohlsson  |  Mother
Massachusetts

ABBY KRAMER

A graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in Theatre Arts, Dance, and Entrepreneurship. Her theatre credits include “Audrey” in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, “Heather Duke” in HEATHERS, “#25” in THE WOLVES, “Hunyak” in CHICAGO, and many more. Abby is ecstatic to be back on stage and is so grateful to be working with Americana Theatre Company again. She would like to thank her loved ones for their undivided support!

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Returning Artist  |  Samuel Ratchett
California

NICK HANCOCK

A Sacramento-based performer, director, choreographer, writer, and teaching artist with a Musical Theatre BA from William Jessup University. Credits include Long John Silver (TREASURE ISLAND), Lee (TRUE WEST), Edward (BIG FISH), and Bob Cratchit (A CHRISTMAS CAROL). When not acting or directing, he can be found teaching Music, Dance, and performance classes at various studios and programs locally, or performing concerts and solo gigs across the tri-county area. He also keeps up on his dialect and improv skills by playing D&D with his friends whenever he gets the chance

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Returning Artist  |  Countess Andrenyi
New York

PAYTON GOBEILLE

Payton is a New York-based artist delighted to be returning for another summer with Americana. Past ATC credits include: CLUE (Mrs. White), BOEING, BOEING (Gretchen), THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM (Airie), AN AMERICANA CHRISTMAS CAROL (Isabelle) Regional: THE WOLVES (#7) at Capital Stage and WIT (Susie) at Big Idea Theatre. Film: Something of a Monster, Cold Wallet, Women Is Losers. Proud graduate of William Jessup University with a B. A. in Creative Arts/Theatre. Choose joy. @paygobeille

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Guest Artist  |  Michel  |  Father
Massachusetts

ZACHARY CHERRY

Zachary is an actor, writer, director and stage manager. You may have seen him in shows like THE MUSIC MAN (Mayor Shinn), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Young Collector), in multiple roles in HENRY V, or even in the film OPPENHEIMER. He has also served as crew in productions of THE WIZARD OF OZ and PETER PAN. He hopes you enjoy the show!

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Guest Artist  |  Head Waiter
Massachusetts

BRENDAN HONE

From Kingston, MA, is excited to be performing in his first Americana Theater Company performance. He is a rising junior at Stonehill College majoring in Secondary Education and English. Previous roles include Mysterious Man (Into The Woods), Robby The Stockfish (Urinetown), Al (All in the Timing), and Pete (Almost, Maine). He hopes everyone will enjoy the show!

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Guest Artist  |  Nanny
Massachusetts

ARIANA BARBOSA

Ariana is thrilled to be making her debut with the Americana Theatre Company! Currently, a rising sophomore majoring in Performing Arts at Stonehill College, Ariana has already made her mark on the stage. Previously, she captivated audiences as Antigone in ANTIGONE at Stoughton High School, portrayed Countess Andrenyi in MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, and brought depth to the role of the Blind Beggar in AMELIE at the Stonehill Theatre Company in Easton, MA. She extends her heartfelt gratitude to her parents, siblings, and friends for their unwavering support. Enjoy the show!

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Returning Artist  |  Hector MacQueen
New York

WADE DUNHAM

Wade is happy to be back with Americana having previously been seen here in The Cottage, Moonlight and Magnolia’s, The Three Musketeers and Boeing Boeing. When not Summering in Plymouth Wade resides in NYC. His favorite credits there include: Burn This, The Bad and The Better, The Cheater’s Club, Tape, Othello and The Maiden’s Prayer: directed by none other than Jesse M. Sullivan. Thanks to Kait for being the absolute best and to Wally for being an absolute Joy.

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Returning Artist  | Daisy Armstrong
Massachusetts

MACIE POTTER

Macie is a 3rd grade student at Sacred Heart Elementary School and is thrilled to be returning to the stage in another show with Americana Theatre Company. This is her third show with her Americana Theater family with past performances including Will’s son in BIG FISH and Violet/Zuzu in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. She has also played Sally Brown in CHARLIE BROWN'S CHRISTMAS and Lucille in JUNIE B JONES THE MUSICAL JR. She would like to thank her family for their love and support in her pursuit of acting. She hopes you enjoy the show!

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Returning Artist | Lighting Designer
New York

HEATHER M. CROCKER

Heather is a New York City based lighting and projections designer and has been lighting shows with Americana since 2018. She has an MFA in Theatre Design and Technology (Lighting/Projections Design) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Recent lighting credits include: THE SHUCK (Cape May Stage, NJ), PLUME (The Tank, NYC), RADIUM GIRLS (Metropolitan Playhouse, NYC), and BODAS DE SANGRE (The Kinetic Foundry, NYC). She will be designing projections for the one man show LOVE WARRIOR at the International Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina this July.

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Returning Artist  | Production Stage Manager
Massachusetts

JENNY DA SILVA

This is Jenny Da Silva’s third show with the Americana Theatre Company. She was previously stage manager for ATC’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and BIG FISH. She’s a recent Stonehill Graduate and while there ran lights and assistant stage managed for multiple shows including MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, AMELIE, INTO THE WOODS, and SHE KILLS MONSTERS. She’s happy to be back and hopes you enjoy the show!

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Returning Artist | Costumer
Massachusetts

ROSALIE MARTIN

Rosalie is a junior studying business management at Stonehill College. She is excited to be back costuming her second production with the Americana Theatre Company. Previous costume credits include Americana Theatre Company: BIG FISH. Stonehill College Theatre Department: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, INTO THE WOODS (assistant). Community Covenant Church: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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