“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” on stage in CW


Canal Winchester High School’s spring musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” will be performed April 29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Canal Winchester Oley Speaks Auditorium, 100 Washington St.

Nearly 60 students are involved in this year’s production on stage and backstage.  Each show is performed with a live, professional orchestra. Tickets are priced $10 for auditorium center seating and $7 for auditorium side seating. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased from any cast member or by contacting (614) 836-1448. For information visit CWPerformingArts.info

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” written by Rupert Holmes, is based on Charles Dickens’ last and unfinished novel. Holmes used the play-within-a-play concept to tell the story.

Upon arriving at the Canal Winchester Speaks Auditorium, the audience is transported to 1892 and London’s Music Hall Royale where the raucous company is about to perform the title show.  Unfortunately, the performance comes to a screeching halt when they run out of story line due to Dickens’ death. The performers then turn to the audience to decide the key elements of conclusion. It then becomes the actors’ challenge to perform the finale the way the audience has voted.  There are 360 different variations of how the show can end.

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