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Pequot Lakes Community Theatre: Actors to stage sinister 'And Then There Were None'

Dr. Armstrong (Travis Chaput) checks the pulse of the befallen Anthony Marston (Phylipe Bell), who went down with drink in hand. Witnessing the event are, from left, actors Eddie Binda, Isaak Anderson, Larry Petrone, Peter Herzog and Ben Gordon. Submitted Photo

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre will present Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" Fridays-Sundays, Feb. 16-18 and 23-25, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

Director Craig Friday and crew are preparing 11 local actors and actresses for this show, which includes evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 16-17 and 23-24, and 2 p.m. matinees Sundays, Feb. 18 and 25.

The play is from Christie's best-selling novel, one of the best-selling books of all time.

Ten strangers are summoned to the remote island mansion of an unknown host, one "Mr. Owen." They have but one thing in common: Each of them has a secret to hide and a crime for which they must pay.

Each has been marked for murder.

"And Then There Were None" is one of Christie's darkest tales and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension will keep you guessing to the very end.

The guests become stranded as the weather takes a turn for the worse. The group is cut off from the mainland. The bloodbath begins, and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme.

The cast includes: Gary Binda, Crosslake; Isaak Anderson, Pine River; Liz Berg, Pequot Lakes; Phylipe Bell, Pequot Lakes; Karla Johnson, Brainerd; Eddie Binda, Merrifield; Travis Chaput, Brainerd; Ben Gordon, Pine River; Jen Anderson, Pine River; Larry Petron, Nisswa; and Peter Herzog, Pequot Lakes.

The production crew includes Julie Friday, Crosslake; Kim Utesch, Pine River; Jared Foss, Brainerd; Matthew Bonfig, Merrifield; Tim Leagjeld, Pine River; Debra Binda, Crosslake; and Gary Binda, Crosslake.

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., this production is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Local sponsor is Central Lakes College Theatre.

The play's subject matter is intended for mature audiences and may not be suitable for those under age 12.

For information and tickets ($14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for youths), call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. Reserved seats can also be purchased online at www.glapa.info.

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