This is a big week for Cast for Murder. I’ll give my approval to the manuscript’s proof, allowing CreateSpace and Draft2Digital to release the book through their sales channels. I’ve learned in my research that it will take a few days for the book to appear on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble (perhaps a little longer for other sites like Ingram). The book should be available for purchase by next Tuesday, February 13, the official release date.
I’ve written before that the plot of Cast for Murder centers around an amateur production of Blithe Spirit. Today I thought I would introduce you to the cast of the play-within-the-cozy-mystery, giving their biographies as they would appear in the show’s program. The name in the parentheses is the character each actor is playing in Noel Coward’s comedy.
Kelsey Devlin (Edith) – Kelsey Devlin makes her Barton Community Theater debut as Edith, the Condomine household’s maid. Devlin starred in Bear Lake High School productions of The Sound of Music (Liesel) and Grease (Marty). She teaches yoga classes at Mind and Body Yoga in Bear Lake and is studying to be a nutritionist.
Jerome Figueroa (Charles Condomine) – Jerome Figueroa has performed in fifteen Barton Community Theater productions, including the roles of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Felix Unger in The Odd Couple. He and his wife, Leslie, have been married for twenty-five years and have three sons and a daughter. Figueroa is an electrical engineer at Ventum Electronics in Glens Falls.
Peter Jacobs (Dr. Bradman) – Blithe Spirit marks Peter Jacobs’ tenth production with the Barton Community Theater. His past roles include Gary Lejeune in Noises Off, Geoffrey Duncan in The Sisters Rosensweig, and Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. Jacobs and Vicki, his wife of fourteen years, have two daughters. Jacobs teaches math at Barton High School.
Lucy Kobayashi (Elvira) – Lucy Kobayashi makes her stage debut in Blithe Spirit, though she was an active behind-the-scenes member of the drama club during her four years at Barton High School. A graduate of Ithaca College, Kobayashi is a speech therapist in the Lake George Central School District.
Iris Silver (Mrs. Bradman) – Iris Silver enters her sixth year with the Barton Community Theater with her role in Blithe Spirit. She has starred as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and Sara Goode in The Sisters Rosensweig. Like fellow actor Peter Jacobs, Silver is a math teacher at Barton High School. She and Jeff, her husband of eighteen years, have a son and daughter.
Erica St. Martin (Ruth Condomine) – Erica St. Martin emigrated from Haiti at the age of eleven and has called Barton her home for the last ten years. A longtime theater fan, she makes her acting debut in Blithe Spirit. St. Martin works in Accounts Receivable for the Village of Barton.
Veronica Walsh (Madame Arcati) – Veronica Walsh has two Daytime Emmy Awards, three Soap Opera Digest Awards, and a Gracie Allen Award for her role of Rachel Wesley on the daytime program Days and Nights. A longtime supporter of the Barton Community Theater, Blithe Spirit marks her first performance with the acting troupe. Walsh is the owner of All Things, a boutique located on Orchard Street in Barton.
I hope this sparks your interest in Veronica’s new friends and her theatrical adventure in Cast for Murder. The latest installment is almost here!
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I’m rooting for the B-eagles over the Pup-triots in the Puppy Bowl. Infer from that what you will about whom I’m rooting for in the other big game today. Speaking of which, do you have all your Super Bowl snacks ready? And for whom are you cheering?