Rehearsals Begin for ‘DEAD GIVEAWAY’

photo of Dead Giveaway cast

Caption for photo: It starts with the first reading of the script. Pictured from left to right Mona “Moe” McCarthy, Sue Orr, Beverly Donitzen, Cyndy Simons-Straight, John Hall, Lindsay Morgan, Bev Oliver, Phyl Charnes, Linda O’Connor, and Cricket Hall (back to camera).


The ACT 2 Theatre Company started rehearsals this month for their fall show, Dead Giveaway by Pat Cook. The show is a mystery comedy about five elderly women who share a house, a cat, a doctor, and a housekeeper. They all hate each other, so what keeps them together? And why do they keep losing one housekeeper after another? What dark secret are they all hiding? And why do they all keep dying?

The story will unfold under the direction of Lydia Mong who has assembled a strong cast of local talent. She is assisted by stage manager, Cricket Hall. John Hall will portray Dr. Hugh Bernard the ladies’ resident doctor who knows something is up, but isn’t sure what. Lindsay Morgan is Angie Bowles, the “domestic engineer” he has just hired to replace the last one. Beverly Donitzen is Beryl Chartres, the owner of the house. Her boarders include Evelyn Harrigan, an argumentative former actress played by Cyndy Simons-Straight, Fiona Standish, an aspiring writer played by newcomer Mona (Moe) McCarthy, Catherine Meers, an avid gardener with a cool demeanor played by Linda O’Connor, and Dinah Boxburrough, a senior citizen Hell’s Angel who will be played alternatively by Bev Oliver and newcomer Sue Orr.

The show opens Thursday, October 5 and will play through October 15 at the McCrory Marketplace Great Hall, 318 West Main Street, Clarksburg, WV. Curtain at Thursday through Saturday performances is 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Reservations can be made by emailing (which is preferred) or leaving a voice message at 304-918-0010 with with name, contact info, number in your party, and date of the performance you plan to attend. Payment of $10 is at the door.

The ACT 2 Theatre Company is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit community theatre.

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