Notre Dame High School Presents "The Butler Did It"


The Butler Did It
by Tim Kelly

Opening Night: Thursday, November 2, 2017

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO—Notre Dame Regional High School presents Tim Kelly’s The Butler Did It. The play is a delightful comedy that spoofs English mystery plays, but with a decidedly American flavor. Miss Maple, a society dowager noted for her “imaginative” weekend parties, invites a group of detective writers to eerie Ravenswood Manor on Turkey Island, where they are to assume the personalities of their fictional characters. The hostess has arranged all sorts of amusing “incidents,” everything from the mystery voice on the radio to the menacing face at the window. 

Secrets abound in the creepy old mansion. Why does Rita, the social secretary, carry a hatbox everywhere she goes? Who’s the corpse in the wine cellar? And how about the astonishing female who arrives via helicopter during a howling storm? When an actual murder takes place, each of the “guests” realizes he or she is marked for death. The outraged hostess offers an immense reward to the “detective” who brings the killer to justice. What an assortment of sleuths! An inscrutable Oriental, a seedy gumshoe, a scholarly clergyman, a sophisticated New York couple, and an intellectual type who idolizes Sherlock Holmes. When they’re not busy tripping over the clues, they trip over each other. The laughs collide with thrills and the climax is a seat-grabber as the true killer is unmasked and almost everyone turns out to be someone else. 

Notre Dame Regional High School welcomes 11 actors to our stage— junior Zoe Koetting as Haversham, sophomore Molly Sellers as Rita, senior Kate Zibluk as Miss Maple, senior Sean Murphy as Father White, freshman Ben Schumer as Chandler Marlowe, junior Austin Sullivan as Louie Fan, junior Nick Kelley as Rick, junior Caroline Heckemeyer as Laura, freshman Aaron Deken as Peter Flimsey, freshman Samantha Gardner as Charity Haze, and freshman Liam Arnzen as the Radio Voice.

The play is directed by Miss Cynthia King with assistant directors Junior Claire Conaway and Sophomore Chelsea Ryan.

More On the Writer

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor's degree and received a Master’s degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flower at New York's Pocket Theatre, The Trunk and All That Jazz at Boston's Image Theatre, and Die Blum in Germany. He wrote over three hundred plays, which have been performed by the Royal Court Rep, the Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Los Angeles Actors’ Theatre, the Aspen Playwrights’ Festival, and the Seattle Repertory Company. Additionally, Kelly was a drama critic and journalist in Phoenix, Arizona (1957–1967) and was particularly noted for the broad scope of his work, which covered everything from mysteries to musicals to serious drama. He was also a screen and television writer (1968–1978). In 1995, he became a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. On December 7, 1998, Tim Kelly died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage (age 61) in his Hollywood home. A Tim Kelly Collection has been established at the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center. Emerson College has twice honored him for his "contributions to the field of playwriting."

The Butler Did It

by Tim Kelly

Directed by Miss Cynthia King with assistant directors junior Claire Conaway and sophomore Chelsea Ryan.

Junior Zoe Koetting as Haversham
Sophomore Molly Sellers as Rita
Senior Kate Zibluk as Miss Maple
Senior Sean Murphy as Father White
Freshman Ben Schumer as Chandler Marlowe
Junior Austin Sullivan as Louie Fan
Junior Nick Kelley as Rick
Junior Caroline Heckemeyer as Laura
Freshman Aaron Deken as Peter Flimsey
Freshman Samantha Gardner as Charity Haze
Freshman Liam Arnzen as the Radio Voice

November 2 – November 4

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, November 2, at 7:00pm

Thursday - Saturday7:00pm

Cynthia R. King Performance Hall |Notre Dame Regional High School | 265 Notre Dame Drive | Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Tickets $10

Press Photos will be available for The Butler Did It on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

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