Director: Doug Bergstein
Stage Manager: Mikki Nucci
Lights/Sound: Jasper Mayone
Set Construction: Jay Seekins
Andra Kisler Krushenick
Costumes: Patty Smith
Front of House:
Betty & Jim McCaffrey
Photography: Alison Duckworth
Out of Sight...Out of Murder
by Fred Carmichael
Directed by Doug Bergstein
Dates: January 17 – February 2, 2020
The Valley Players FIRST playwright winner
originally produced in 1983.
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7pm - $16
Sundays @ 4pm - $12 ($10 opening matinee)
Peter Knight is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion where another author was murdered years before. A weird electrical storm effects a cosmic snafu and his characters come to life. There's the lovely ingenue, the trusty butler, a feisty character woman, a dauntless hero, a fascinating "other woman," the always pregnant serving girl, and the wily lawyer waiting for midnight to read the will. Peter loses control of his characters and there is a murder; the intended victim is Peter. Other murders follow and the culprit is among characters who, having also worked for other authors, know a great deal about the subject. Can Peter find the killer before the killer gets his author? Is romance with the ingenue leading anywhere? Where is the fortune mentioned in the will? All is solved ingeniously with romance, suspense and cosmic wit.
Peter Knight (30-50) - Jesse Putnam (Warren)
A writer. Peter is a good-hearted man who is motivated to write the "perfect murder mystery." He later falls in love with the ingenue.
Minna (30-60) - Charlotte Robinson (Warren)
A strong woman who is used to working on the farm. She is hired to help Peter. Should be headstrong and "act big." Strong comedic actress needed.
Lydia - Rachel Natvig (Northfield)
An older, attractive lady. Dressed and groomed beautifully. She is sophisticated and cautious. Has a good sense of humor about her.
Cogburn - Brent Adams (Warren)
The typical butler. Cogburn is expressionless except when he breaks his character, which he likes to do in this show. Knows all the best wines and brandys, and comes when he is rang for.
Kay Kelsey - Aimee Clement (Warren)
The ingenue. Kay is nice to almost a sickening point. Sees the good in everyone and wants everyone to be happy. Peter’s love interest.
Fiona Babcock - Ruth Ann Pattee (Fayston)
The typical "character lady." (think Nurse in "Romeo and Juliet" in modern times) Fiona loves to sew and is not afraid to speak her mind. Good lady at heart.
Addie - Marci Robinson (Warren)
The typical maid. Very out-going and always on the verge of emotional collapse. Addie should be played by a very comical female.
Dick Stanton - Louis Bronson (Warren)
A strong young man who is hearty, eager and overly pleasant.
Jordan Dillingham - Sal Spinosa (Waitsfield)
The typical lawyer. Jordan should be played very suave and debonair. He is also very greedy and loves his money.