Bethlehem Players’ "The Butler Did It" parodies 20th Century murder mysteries


Bethlehem Players’ "The Butler Did It" parodies 20th Century murder mysteries

Kick off your fall fun with a comedy that parodies every English mystery play ever written with a decidedly American flair when  “The Butler Did It” is being presented by the community theatre troupe, Bethlehem Players, on November 2-11, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Grassland.

Written by Tim Kelly and directed locally by Johnny Peppers, the stage production is inspired by the classic murder mystery plays and novels written by Agatha Christie in the 20th century.

The murder-mystery genre has seen a resurgence in popularity and the Bethlehem Players are paying homage to the genre by presenting a comedic parody of the murder-mystery genre with their own hilarious twist!

Local actors as well as Nashville theater veterans make up the cast including Elizabeth Hayes plays Miss Maple, a female sleuth direct from the pages of Christie’s Miss Marple novels. Joining Miss Maple are Kari Caldwell, Preston Crook, Beth Henderson, Lori Hetherington, Jim Maden, Brett Myers, Caroline Nelson, Janie Varn and Nashville radio veteran, Pat Reilly, seen most recently on Bethlehem’s stage as Scrooge.

“The Butler Did It” is presented  at 7 p.m. November 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and  at 2 p.m. November 11. With limited seating, $15 per person general admission tickets are available via www.bethlehemumc.com/drama.

During the intermission at each performance, patrons will have the opportunity to “Solve the Mystery” and be entered in a drawing for a gift card from local businesses.

Founded in 1997, the Bethlehem Players have staged for packed audiences for two world premiere productions, Southern Fried Funeral and Southern Fried Nuptials, as well as hits like Steel Magnolias, A Bad Year for Tomatoes, Rumors, Fiddler on The Roof, Annie, Barefoot In The Park, and most recently, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play. More info, www.bethlehemumc.com.

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Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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