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Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” Hits the OBU Stage April 19

April 9, 2018

Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre will present Leslie Darbons, “A Murder is Announced, opening April 19 at 7:30 p.m. This adaptation from a story by Agatha Christie is the final production in the 2017-2018 theatre season, Life, Death and Other Curiosities. Performances will take place at Craig-Dorland Theatre inside Shawnee Hall on the OBU campus.

The production will continue through April 29, with evening performances April 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will take place April 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (405) 585-4350. Box Office ticket sales begin two weeks prior to performances.

In A Murder is Announced, an announcement in the local paper states the time and place a murder is to occur. When the victim falls, Miss Marple is on hand to provide the final solution in this classic Agatha Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities and a second death.

The cast features a talented list of performers, including senior theatre major Brenna Bergeron as Lettia Blacklock, senior theatre major Lara Gatton as Mrs. Swettenham, freshman computer science major David Goforth as Sergeant Mellors/Rudi Scherz, senior theatre major Elizabeth Grimes as Miss Marple, sophomore communication studies major Courtlin Haygarth as Patrick Simmons, junior theatre major Chase Hendrickson as Inspector Craddock, sophomore theatre major Kendra Johnson as Phillipa Haymes, senior news and information major Hannah Lounsbery as Dora Bunner (Bunny), freshman political science major Amber Rodriguez as Mitzi, junior theatre major Anna Tyler as Julia Simmons, and freshman theatre major Garrett Wheeler as Edmund Swettenham.

OBU alumnus Conner Gilbert is the guest director for the play.

This play is a perfect example of a murder mystery, and no one does it better than Agatha Christie,” Gilbert said. “While mysteries are a smaller genre of literature, they are quite versatile. Christie keeps audience members on their toes as the play fluctuates between tension-inducing silences with comedic troupes. As director, I can promise that our audience members will enjoy all the twists and turns awaiting them.