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Neff to play dual roles in play this weekend at Morningside

Thursday, February 28, 2002

Alta native Courtney Neff will play the dual roles of Helena Landless and Miss Janet Conover in the Morningside theater and music departments' production of Rupert Holmes' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" this weekend in Sioux City.

Show times for the play, based on an unfinished work by Charles Dickens, are at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday, March 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Ticket prices are $8 for general admission and $6 for senior citizens and students high school and under.

All performances will take place at the Klinger-Neal Theatre, located at 3700 Peters Avenue in Sioux City.

Holmes, a singer/songwriter, arranger, record producer, and playwright, based the play on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, who died of a stroke on June 8, 1870, before its completion.

The novel is a murder mystery in which Edwin Drood is supposedly murdered and suspicion is cast on his uncle.

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is about a theatre company that attempts to stage a musical comedy of the story that Dickens was writing at the time of his death. The play features an actor who never arrives and an out-of-town prima donna "male impersonator" who quits the show just after intermission.

The performance comes to a halt during the second act, since the mystery of who killed Edwin Drood was never solved by its author.

The ending is left to a vote by the audience. Due to the number of characters and possible scenarios, the cast must be prepared for 800 possible endings.

Most of the members of the cast play two roles: an actor in a fictional theatre and their character in the musical the theatre is presenting.

Read the rest of this story in the 2/28/02 Pilot Tribune.

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