COME PLAY WITH US! One and all are welcome to participate in Jamestown’s community theater troupe: The 2ND Act.
Whether you enjoy the spotlight or prefer the shadows back stage, there is place for all who would like to participate. Actors, stage hands, set builders, ushers, servers, production crew, props and costuming… We have a place for you!
CONTACT 2nd ACT: Director, Lori Dorr at 701-320-9579
MURDER is in the Heir
Performance Dates: April 21, 22, 23
THE STORY: Turn the game Clue into a play and you have the masterfully entertaining Murder’s in the Heir!’ Almost every character in this hilarious mystery has the weapon, opportunity and motive to commit the unseen murder. And it’s up to your audience to decide who actually did it! Each of the heirs to the tyrannical billionaire Simon Starkweather has the means and the motive to do away with him. Starkweather gathers his family and employees to announce the contents of his will. His lawyer, Lois van Zandt, reveals that he has bequeathed vast fortunes to his befuddled niece Fiona, her playboy son Jordan, his great-niece Paula (a Southern belle) and his grandson Simon III, as well as to his many servants. Then Lois delivers the bombshell! Within hours this will becomes invalid. Of course, the rejected heirs are not pleased, so it’s not surprising when they roam the old mansion carrying such items as an ax, a gun and poison. Predictably, the lights go out, and Simon is discovered murdered. Simon III (played by the same actor who plays the elderly Simon) is determined to find his grandfather’s killer, with the help of detective Mike Davis. The play’s unique ending, utilizing secret ballots gathered at intermission from the audience, determines the killer in this Billy St. John maze of murder.
THE AUTHOR: Billy St. John fell in love with theatre when he made his stage debut at 14 in a community theatre production of Medea. His involvement began with acting, then shifted to directing, and — eventually — playwright.
The Clarksville, Tennessee, native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with majors in English and Speech/Theatre, then received a Master of Arts degree in TV/Film. He taught school for 10 years before becoming a community theatre director at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, for 17.
It was while working at Ft. Campbell that Billy wrote his first play an audience-participation murder mystery, which he directed at the Soldier Show Center on post. The audience response was so enthusiastic, he decided to submit the play to publishers. It was accepted, and with its publication in 1990, Billy became a professional playwright.
To date, Billy St. John has written more than 50 plays, many of which are available through Pioneer Drama Service. They include comedies, mystery-comedies, and melodramas.
Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang (2015)
Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky female therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence and Prudence doesn't know what to make of her unpredictable new boyfriend. They do learn to live beyond therapy in this delightful Off Broadway hit that moved successfully to Broadway.
You Can't Get There From Here by Pat Cook (2015)
The Mavis Garner Bed and Breakfast is not the sort of place you'd find on a freeway or even a map. That's because they get most of the customers from cars disabled when they hit the pothole on Main Street. Scandal-sheet reporter Arthur Lyman decides to do an expose on the pothole "scam" and checks into the bed and breakfast. During his stay he's fined eight times, dragged across town by the local watchdog and fired from his job. What else could he do but fall in love with one of the proprietors! When his boss shows up and takes over the story, he's treated to scenes from Shakespeare, slipshod seances and a witch who can't keep her hexes straight.
The Trouble With Cats by Gary Ray Stapp (2014)
An experienced house-sitting couple gets more than they bargain for when a Minnesota homeowner intentionally double-books her lakefront domicile through HouseSitters.com in order to ensure she can get away from it all for an entire month. When the second house-sitting couple arrives, there is an immediate clash between generations. In one corner, there are the upper middle-class and socially-skilled Julians from New Jersey, and in the opposite corner, the anti-materialist and free-spirited vegans from North Carolina who have decided they don’t even need a last name. Personalities collide even further when the Bombays from next door add their own twist to being neighborly with either a constant barrage of trivial pursuits or an onslaught of candid crankiness. And if that weren’t enough for the Julians to deal with, they get another surprise . . . the uninhabitable master suite is in the midst of being actively remodeled by the Cheshires, a trio of sisters, two of whom are skilled laborers with personal problems of their own and the other who is a chocoholic ditz. Without a head of household, there is little rest or relaxation for anyone...except for maybe the cat...if the house sitters could only find the elusive little creature.
Relative Values by Noel Coward (2014)
Relative Values is a satire of snobbery in all its guises, it deals with the clash of cultures between Hollywood stars and the English aristocracy. The story is set in 1952 England, where Nigel, the Earl of Marshwood, woos Hollywood star Miranda Frayle, upsetting both his mother, Countess Felicity of Marshwood, and her former love, fellow Hollywood star Don Lucas. Right before the engagement party, Moxie, the Countess’s personal maid and best friend reveals that Miranda is her estranged sister. Crestwell, the Countess’s butler, quickly devises a plan-but an inebriated Lucas’s arrival at Marshwood to try to talk to Miranda causing all chaos to break loose.
Southern Hospitality (2013)
Southern Hospitality finds the Futrelle Sisters in trouble again. This time, the problem is bigger than ever: their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction. Ever since the Super SmartMart and the rendering plant closed, folks have been leaving Fayro in droves. It seems a salsa manufacturing factory is looking to relocate and a company representative is headed to Fayro on a scouting mission. So now it’s up to the citizens of Fayro to quickly make a big impression. How the Futrelle sisters and the other citizens of Fayro, pull together and save their town is a testament to Southern strength and ingenuity—and a recipe for total hilarity.
Almost Maine (2013)
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
Several affluent couples gather in the posh suburban residence of a couple for a dinner party celebrating their hosts' tenth anniversary. However, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host - the deputy mayor of New York City - has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when, given everyone's upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening's events from the local police and the media.
The Odd Couple (2012)
Felix and Oscar are an extremely odd couple: Felix is anal-retentive, neurotic, precise, and fastidiously clean. Oscar, on the other hand, is the exact opposite: sloppy and casual. They are sharing an apartment together, and their differing lifestyles inevitably lead to some conflicts and laughs.
Barefoot in the Park (2012)
A comedy about the just-married Paul and Corie Bratter who move into a dilapidated New York brownstone apartment. Faced with reality after their honeymoon high, the young couple clashes over the building’s disrepair, their eccentric neighbor, a surprise visit from Corie’s mother, and ultimately at the heart of it all, Corie’s free-spirited ways vs. Paul’s more conventional personality.