“And Then There Were None” took the stage and “took out” the majority of its cast members 

(From left to right) is senior Hollis Masterson, sophomore Ellen Terezino, and senior Elias Nagel-Bennet who all look towards the opposite side of the stage. They listen as the characters tell their story and defend their alibies after the murder.

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A guest in the home of the Owens’, Angela Maston, played by sophomore Ellen Terezino, suddenly collapses to the ground. A small crowd gathers around her as another guest notices the poison in her cup and speaks out, declaring the young woman dead.

The murder mystery “And Then There Were None” hit the stage of our very own Kasdorf auditorium and ran from Thursday, May 6, to Sunday, May 8. It was a great success and shocked audiences by quite nearly killing off all its characters in some fashion or another. 

Most characters sported some variation of a British accent to fit more into their characters. Costumes typically included suits, dresses, loafers, and heels to fit in with the time period and because the characters were all intended to be some sort of professionals; a doctor, a secretary and so on. 

This production was quite easy on the backstage crew as there was only one set, so cast members really had to convey their message through their actions and dialogue instead of relying on background interest. 

The performance began with a gathering of strangers at a mansion on an island in the south of England.  They speak amongst themselves and introduce one another as the first act progresses. However, as the characters start dying under suspicious circumstances, it is revealed that none of the characters actually know their host, and a hunt to find the killer ensues. 

The characters start to blame each other for the deaths, but as soon as one person is blamed, they are killed off. In the end, the character played by Elias Nagel-Bennet was the killer, even going so far as to fake his own death to throw the scent off. 

Senior Sagan Barber, who played Vera Claythorne, a secretary and lead female role in the play, really enjoyed bringing her own character to life and showing her evolution throughout the performance. 

“She has a kind of development over the course of the play,” Barber said, “and it was very fun to be able to play with that.” 

Barber played a significant part in the murder mystery, but she didn’t always have the speaking part and had to find other opportunities to portray the personality of their character. 

“There were a few scenes where I myself didn’t have that many lines, but I had to react to things that were happening with other characters,” Barber said, “and so it was fun finding little ways to show my character through the reactions to other peoples lines.” 

Fitting in with the murder mystery theme, senior Liam Braun who played Captain Laumbard, a prominent member of the cast, said he actually enjoyed the murder scenes. 

“It was fun to kind of stage those out,” Braun said, “because it’s so dramatic and ridiculous.”