A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
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Set in London in 1907, the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst, controlled by the wealthy D’Ysquith banking family. He figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight, and after the imperious ruling Lord dismisses Monty’s claim of being a relative, he sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm...and a dash of murder. Meanwhile, Monty is trying to woo money-minded Sibella Hallward – until he finds himself drawn to young Phoebe D’Ysquith.
Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives -- without being caught -- to become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind....
In the witty and ceaselessly entertaining A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the audience is treated to Edwardian style, classic farce, and stunning operatic singing. This murderous romp has ten Tony nominations and four wins, including Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes. It also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Musical) and one Drama League Award (Best Musical). With non-stop laughs, a unique and soaring score, and unforgettable characters, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has become an instant classic.
This cast includes many MHT veterans, many of whom are professional musicians in the region. Paducah Tilghman High School choral director Matt Hinz plays Monty, with national award-winning vocalist Emily Yocum Black as Phoebe and Paducah Middle School choral director Samantha Veal as Sibella. MHT veteran Al Knudsen plays all eight of the doomed D’Ysquith family members, and Victoria Kitchen appears as Miss Shingle. Ensemble members include McCracken Co. High School choral director Savannah Fallis, MHT veterans Kellie Wilferd and Fowler Black, Graves Co. High School choral director Mason Rice, and talented newcomer Adam Cooper. Ensemble member Brittany Martin, choral director at Arcadia Methodist Church, will also understudy Phoebe. Kim Yocum will understudy Brittany Martin for two performances.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is directed by Ron Ziegler, who previously directed Sister Act at MHT, and Cindy Miller is Music Director and pianist. Emi Hensel is choreographer. Orchestra members include Brittney Washam (violin), Phillip Farrow (oboe), Ron Roberts (clarinet), Dale Julian (bassoon), and Tony Kitchen (percussion).
Assistant Director is Jenny Mariner, and Stage Manager is Denise Bristol. Jim Keeney is Master Carpenter, with Alan Tucker assisting with props. Angela Hoerner is Costume Designer, with her sister Tina Richards assisting. Set and lighting designs are by Tom Hansen. Stage crew includes Caleb Buford.