Hickory – The Encore Players of the Hickory Community Theatre present the farcical comedy The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery, beginning this Friday, July 12 in the Firemen’s Kitchen. Performances will continue through Sunday, July 28. Tickets are available by phone at 828-328-2283 or online at hickorytheatre.org.

It’s a play about a community theatre group putting on a play. Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunit, “Murder At Checkmate Manor.” And just in case the audience should get bored there’s a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize! The crunch comes in at the climax when the “murderer”, about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.

Performances of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery are Fridays and Saturdays (July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (July 18 & 25) at 7:30pm and Sundays (July 21 & 28) at 2:30pm. Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Thursday night tickets are $14 for all adults and $10 for students and youth 18 & under.

Call the box office at 828-328-2283 or visit hickorytheatre.org to purchase tickets or get more information.

This production is the first of the Theatre’s 2019-2020 Season. The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2019-2020 Season is sponsored by A Cleaner World, Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress. This play is being produced by Dr. George Clay, III, DDS and Robert Abbey, Inc.

PHOTO: Diane Albers plays Thelma Greenwood in The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery. The hilarious comedy begins performances on Friday July 12 at 8pm in the Firemen’s Kitchen at the Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets call 828-327-3855 or click hickorytheatre.org. Photo by Carol Anne Hartman.