The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Savoyards Ithaca will be staging the exciting musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood on September 15, 16, and 17, 2017 at the Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY. Auditions will be held in May, with rehearsals starting in July, 2017. Watch for details on how to get involved!

Based on Charles Dickens’ final novel, left incomplete at his death in 1870, The Mystery of Edwin Droodfollows the members of the Theatre Royale Music Company as they bring to life and attempt to complete Dickens’ Gothic thriller—and invite audience to participate along the way, by voting to determine the ending of the show!

Edwin Drood, a young Englishman, disappears from the cathedral town of Cloisterham and is presumed dead. Suspicions arise about who is responsible. Is it John Jasper, Drood’s uncle and the town’s troubled choirmaster? Is it Rosa Bud, Drood’s fiancée, who inexplicably broke off their engagement shortly before he vanished? Is it Princess Puffer, the mistress of an opium den; Helena and Neville Landless, twin orphans from Ceylon; Reverend Septimus Crisparkle, the minor canon of Cloisterham Cathedral; or Thomas Sapsea, the seedy Mayor of Cloisterham? The audience not only decides, but also sings along with the performers.      

Theater critic Matt Windman called The Mystery of Edwin Drood “one of the most inventive, inspired, and rousing musicals ever devised.” Premiering on Broadway in 1985, Drood won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score and is frequently revived. A witty pastiche, Drood borrows stage elements from Victorian melodrama, Sherlock Holmes, Gilbert and Sullivan, and English musical hall. The show’s contrasting musical numbers range from razzle-dazzle showstoppers, such as “There You Are” and “Off to the Races,” to haunting and exotic ballads and ensembles, such as “Moonfall” and “Ceylon”. 

The Savoyards are thrilled to announce our production team for the show: Director Gabriella Carr, Music Director Nicole Cronin, Orchestra Conductor Keehun Nam, Choreographer Trenton Loughlin-Weidemann, Costumer Elizabeth Kitney, Lighting Evan Hawkins, and Scenic Design Daniel Allen. We are still seeking an experienced Stage Manager. The show will be produced by Karen Dumont.