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Original mystery ushers in 2013 at Eastpointe's Broadway Onstage

Posted: Dec. 20, 2012 at 11:20 p.m.

EASTPOINTE - "Trent's Last Case," an original dramatization by John Arden McClure of the mystery novel by E.C. Bentley, is the first show of 2013 at Eastpointe's Broadway Onstage Live Theatre when it opens Friday, Jan. 11. Running Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Select Sundays at 2 p.m. through Saturday, Feb. 9, this intriguing mystery provides suspense and murder in three variations.

"Trent's Last Case" introduces us to Philip Trent, an English writer and artist, who is drawn in to investigate the murder of an American millionaire living in England, Sigsbee Manderson. It is 1911. Manderson was married to a much younger woman, and there are intriguing insinuations that the young wife was carrying on with John Marlowe, Manderson's assistant. There is also Manderson's secretary, Celestine Bunner, who also must be investigated, and Trent makes his way to the Manderson estate with the help of his friend, Burton Cupples, the uncle of Manderson's young wife, Mabel. Once they arrive, they are given a clearer picture of Manderson and his relationships. In fact, the actual murder is played out in three different variations, but it is not until the very end that the real vision of Manderson's death is portrayed.

John Arden McClure, the author, will portray Philip Trent. McClure has been seen in a number of productions at Broadway Onstage, and he also dramatized "The Problem of Cell 13" two seasons ago. Jack Abella will be seen as Sigsbee Manderson. Abella has been seen in a number of local venues on a professional and community level, and has appeared at Broadway Onstage on several occasions. Patrick Sharpe takes on the role of John Marlowe. Sharpe was seen in "Cahoots" at Broadway Onstage in January and February 2012 and will be seen in "Tapdance!" there later this season. Dan Woitulewicz takes on the role of Burton Cupples. Woitulewicz was just seen as Raynard in "Christmas Belles" to great acclaim. Elizabeth Rager will portray Celestine Bunner. Rager also just appeared in "Christmas Belles" as Honey Raye at the Eastpointe theater to the joy of the audience. Stella Rothe will appear as Mabel. Roth is an experienced choreographer and director, and she first appeared at Broadway Onstage when she was 8 years old.

The production is under the direction of Dennis Wickline, producer of all shows at Broadway Onstage.

Tickets for Opening Night, Friday, Jan. 11 are $14. Tickets for all other performances are $16. Select Sunday Matinees are only performed at Broadway Onstage when a prearranged group of 30 or more is scheduled to attend. Ticket reservations are strongly recommended by calling 586-771-6333.

Broadway Onstage is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 1/2 Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe.

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