Any Number Can Die, a murder mystery spoof appropriate for the whole family, will be performed by the Miner League Theatre Players at Missouri University of Science and Technology this month.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall on the Missouri S&T campus, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.
Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and youth. Tickets are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before each performance in the Leach Theatre Box Office, located in Castleman Hall.
“The students needed to learn the art of farce,” says director Jeanne Stanley, assistant professor of theater at Missouri S&T. “It involves really letting yourself look silly, with lots of entrances and exits, and technically difficult timing. I think it helps students take off some of the end-of-the-semester pressure.”
“We’ve laughed a lot during the rehearsals,” adds assistant director Andrew Herbert, a junior at S&T. “I think the audiences will love this light, funny show for spring.”
Written by Fred Carmichael, Any Number Can Die is spoof of 1920’s Agatha Christie murder mysteries. The story involves 10 strangers who are trapped on a secluded island. As they are picked off one-by-one by a murderer, a pair of elderly detectives struggles to solve the case amid blood-curdling screams, secret panels that open mysteriously, storms and blackouts, and a mysterious black-robed figure creeping through the dark.
One of the elderly detectives is played by freshman Michael Bouchard. “This is Michael’s third show with us,” says Stanley. “He is a consummate comedic actor and a delight to watch.”