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A Murder is Announced

An Agatha Christie mystery adapted by Leslie Darbon

February 27, 28, March 6, 7, 8m, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22m, 27, 28

Showtime 8pm; 2pm matinee on March 8 and 22

Tickets $15/$12 (Call 9œ02-678-8040)

Looking for an evening of murder, mayhem and fun? An announcement in the village paper states the time and place where a murder will occur. Miss Marple is at her best as she quietly gathers the clues in the case. Can you solve it before she does?

Agatha Christie’s mystery novel A Murder is Announced has been adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon and is directed by Paul Abela. Assistant director is Susan Monro.

Cast Members (in order of appearance): Linda Levy-Fisk, Danielle Lutz, Chérie Zinck, Marc Hetu, Thea Burton, Diana Bishop, Chantal Murphy, Liz Stern, Tomas Hiseler, Ryan Trimper and Mike Butler.

Suitable for all ages.

The cast of A Murder is Announced

Julia Simmons

Danielle Lutz

Letitia Blacklock Linda Levy Fisk
Dora Bunner Chérie Zinck
Patrick Simmons Mark Hetu
Mitzi Thea Burton
Miss Jane Marple Diana Bishop
Phillipa Haymer Chantal Murphy
Mrs. Swettenham Liz Stern
Edmund Swettenham Tomas Hiseler
Rudi Scherz Ryan Trimper
Inspector Craddock Mike Butler
Sergeant Mellors Ryan Trimper

The Crew

Director Paul Abela
Assistant Director Susan Monro
Elva Heyge

Stage Manager

Susan Monro
Assistant Stage Manager Ryan Trimper


Lana Churchill and Cast


Stage Managers & Cast

Lights & Sound

Ernest Zinck

Set Designer

Junie Hutchinson

Set Builder(s)

Cast & Crew


Emily Lutz

Program Designer

R.G. Henry


Publicity committee

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Sharon Churchill Roe


Laura Churchill Duke

Danielle Lutz

DanielleDanielle Lutz [Julia Simmons] first appeared at Centre Stage Theatre in Jerry Finnegan’s Sister. A graduate of CentreStage theatre camps, Daniele enjoys all aspects of theatre, has been in three dinner theatres in Berwick, school plays and musicals, and is a former member of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir. “Thank you for coming and I hope you enjoy the show!”

Linda Levy Fisk

LindaLinda Levy Fisk [Letitia Blacklock] performed with Quick As A Wink, Wolfville Ghost Walks, Fezziwig Society, Women of Wolfville & St. Joseph’s Stage Prophets. A Speech-Language Pathologist at Babble and Beyond she’s the proud mom to two talented & wonderful kids, Aidan and Hannah, and partner to her BFF and multi-talented husband, Tim. At CST she’s appeared in Steel Magnolias, and Dial M For Murder. See her again in the Stage Prophets’ May musical, Mary Poppins. “Many thanks to Paul, a director of the finest caliber! I’m so honoured to share the stage with this fantastic cast. Gratitude and thanks to Susan, Elva and Ernest who work tirelessly outside the spotlights. Enjoy this richly layered Agatha Christie mystery!”

Chérie Zinck

CherieChérie Zinck [Dora Bunner] lives in Port Williams and has been involved extensivelly in all aspects of CentreStage Theatre along with her husband, the lighting man for this show, Ernest Zinck.

Marc Hetu

Marc Hetu [Patrick Simmons] is appearing in his third production at CentreStage Theatre and is delighted to be working with a very talented cast ranging from newcomers to veterans of the theatre. Marc works on natural products and photoejection of metal complexes at Acadia University in the Chemistry Department. He enjoys cooking, photography, wine and woodworking.

Thea Burton

Thea Burton’s year is filled with performances, and she couldn’t be happier. Last appearing in CST’s Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime, she is back for a crazy character-Mitzi-with a new accent; this on the heels of Cinderella at Quick As a Wink, and in the midst of rehearsals for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf (Wolfville) and Mary Poppins (Stage Prophets)...she had to do something to fill the void of having no children at home for the first time in 28 years! Years of directing school productions have come to and end, and she is looking forward to exploring all the many options for performing and directing in the community. Enjoy the show!

Diana Bishop

Diana Bishop [Miss Marple]: Following a career in broadcasting in radio and TV, Diana returned to an early love of the theatre and has acted and directed with CentreStage Theatre since its beginnings as well as with various other theatre companies. She’s happy to be a part of the cast for A Murder Is Announced and hopes you enjoy this classic by Dame Agatha Christie.

Chantal Murphy

Chantal Murphy [Phillipa Haymes] loves murder mysteries & is excited to be back for her third production at CST. Previous productions include The Dixie Swim Club and Three to Get Married. She has also performed in several productions with The Greenwood Players in past years, including directing. During the day, you can find Chantal cooking up delicious meals at Wheatons Cider Press Café where she works. She lives in Aylesford with her husband and two children.

Liz Stern

Liz Stern [Mrs Swettenham] is happy to be back at CentreStage after appearing in Separate Beds last year. An Agatha Christie play is too irristable for an ex-Brit, particularly with this very talented cast.

Tomas Hiseler

Tomas Hiseler [Edmund Swettenham] has been performing in the local community theatre scene for many years. During that time he has enjoyed working with Stage Prophets, Edaline Theatre and The Fezziwig Society. He is excited to be in his first CentreStage production.

Ryan Trimper

Ryan Trimper [Rudi Scherz/Sergeant Mellors] “I’m working my magic on and off the stage for this show! I’m excited about helping Susan out back as her assistant stage manager for the first time. I love a good murder mystery! I hope you have fun!”

Mike Butler

Mike Bulter [Inspector Craddock] 2014 was an amazing year for me in community theatre (6 plays ) and 2015 is looking good too, especially starting off with this gem. Thank you very much to Paul Abela for giving me the chance to work with you and this stellar cast. When I’m not on stage, I’m at the Il Dolce Far Niente Espresso Bar in Wolfville serving the best coffee around! One last thanks to my incredible partner Ian who is my greatest support and my biggest fan! Thanks for being the best part of my crazy busy life! I Love You Ian!

Susan Munro

Susan was initiated into CentreStage with a performance of Miss Bates in the 2005 production of Emma. This was followed by appearances in several productions such as Social SecurityThe Odd Couple (female version), and Chapter Two, and stage managed a few plays including The O’Connor Girls. Susan says that participating in this exciting production as assistant director has been a thrill ride! She hopes the audience is dazzled by the fine performances of the actors they are about to see. It was rewarding for her to put so much creativity and imagination into this great adaptation of Dame Christie’s wonderful story.


Paul Abela

From the Director Paul Abela

It’s been great fun directing A Murder is Announced. Agatha Christie offers up a complex and demanding plot that is given an equally first-rate treatment by my ensemble cast. Susan’s double life as both Assistant Director and Stage Manager has been well beyond the call of duty. Ernest Zinck has offered his, as always, steady hand in lighting the show. Also, a special thanks to Junie Hutchinson for designing the wonderful set.

Christie locates this play in post-World War Two England. Unlike contemporary English dramas such as Downton Abbey which is set thirty years earlier, here you’ll find few trappings of the collapsed Edwardian world. The play, in that sense, is modern in sensibility. As with all her stories, Christie spins a yarn that offers fun for an evening out, and a challenge for the discerning amateur sleuth. Enjoy.
Paul Abela lives in Scot’s Bay with his two co-conspirators Heather and Grace, and a cat who is the Director of all.