Pictured: Director Bree Patterson
Faust Theatre has announced the cast and design team for their season closer – A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, with book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak.
Directed by Bree Patterson, who is making her directorial debut, the production features Daniel Verschelden as Monty Navarro, Kelly Urschel as Sibella, Mackenna Milbourn as Phoebe, Zach Faust as the D’Ysquith Family, and Catie Wolff as Miss Shingle. Randall Jackson, Zoe Lepper, Shantice White, Julianna McCarroll, Zaid Umar, Karydan Elkins, Abby Wolff, Jeremy Ragland, Jacque Davidson, and Charlie Meacham round out the Ensemble.
The production team includes Caleb McCarroll as Music Director, Ashley Burns as Stage Manager, Mia Valentine as Production Assistant, Nicole Green as Dialect Coach, Erin Gilmore as Pedagogy Coach, Brady Reed as Lighting Designer, Lily Nicholas as Choreographer, Lydnsay Yates and Cassie Hoppas as Costume Designers, Brad Sievers as Sound Designer, Rachel Kirby as Makeup Designer, Elisa Grace Davis as Head of Wardrobe, Kali Coates on Wardrobe Crew, Ethan Schreiber as Properties Master, Reily Harker as Head of Run Crew, Maggie Dunn, Zoey Davis, and Ben Smith on Run Crew, and Alec Bridges as Assistant Sound Operator.
Set in London in 1907, this British farce centers on Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk who discovers that he is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst, controlled by the wealthy D’Ysquith banking family. After the imperious ruling Lord dismisses Monty’s claim of being a relative, the eight D’Ysquith members ahead of him begin dying in unnatural ways. Meanwhile, Monty is trying to woo money-minded Sibella Hallward – until he finds himself drawn to another woman, Phoebe D’Ysquith.
“Too often, we as individuals, focus on the darkness that’s in our everyday lives,” comments Patterson. “It’s become second nature to do so, and in turn, we forget to laugh about the things that we experience. With this show, it teaches us how laughter can bring levity and lightness to the things we’ve lost sight of, even if it means quite literally getting a little blood on our hands to do so. I hope this show brings you happiness, that lost jolt of energy, and two hours of light through any darkness that you may be experiencing.”
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER runs June 18 – 30 the Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106. For more information, go to fausttheatre.com.