“And Then There Were None” Show Review
A stinging fear struck with Stamford Collegiate interpretation of the play “And Then There Were None” written by Agatha Christie. The show brought tragedy and terror to the local Niagara Falls stage. In the play, ten strangers are invited to an island off the coast of Devon by a man by the name of U.N. Owen. As dinner proceeds, a record plays the voice of the unseen host who accuses each person of a hidden secret. During that evening, the character Anthony Marston is found murdered by a large amount of cyanide. The terror escalates as the survivors realize the killer is on the island with them and continuously murders the others.
Stamford’s interpretation of the play was one like I’ve never seen. The slow build up in the first act had me sitting on the edge of my sit as every murder continued. The cast had no problems with bringing this classic story and nursery rhyme to life. When Stamford’s lights first hit the stage, the crippling sound of the distorted nursery rhyme linked with the play began to capture the audience’s attention. This small amount of sound made the hairs on the back of my neck rise; it was truly terrifying. The lighting in the first half of the show made the scenery more welcoming but as another murder progressed, the lightning fell into the groove of the overall mood. The set stayed the same; three exits on stage so that no collided in scene changes. The set was all designed by a student at Stamford Collegiate and I bow down to his hard work on creating the entire thing. Regarding the scene changes, most of the time they ran smoothly but a simple distraction that took away from the play was the fact that the stage crew were not wearing black. Even so, the changes still ran smoothly and the scene captivated my eye.
Personally I’d love to give a shout out to A. Boyer on her phenomenal work playing the character of Willma Henrietta Blore. Having someone drop out of a play at the last minute is always hard to deal with but thanks to her courageous love for the play, she stepped in and played the role like it was nothing. The work that you put into this play was greatly appreciated and very pleasing to my eyes.
Another crew that I would love to point out is the hair and makeup kids. These people sure know how to pick up a brush something and create a masterpiece. With no special FX makeup experience, this crew stunned me with their fake wounds and decaying eyes and cheekbones. Even the hair on Emily Brent and General John Gordon Mackenzie was believable; the grey really showed their aging. These makeup tricks used should never go underappreciated considering the different styles blew me away.
“And Then There Were None” was a truly captivating performance and I give a round of applause to these people are putting on such a great show in a short amount of time. With even a few bumps in the road, the show managed to make me fear the unknown and the people around me. Overall, well done Stamford and congratulations on creating such a successful show!