The Battle Ground Academy Upper School Theatre Department will present The Hollow, a play by Agatha Christie, with three shows on Oct. 10 (7 p.m.), Oct. 12 (7 p.m.) and Oct. 13 (2 p.m.) at the Harlin Student Center on BGA’s Glen Echo Campus. The show is open to the public with tickets available for $8 at the door.
“Last spring, when discussing what type of show we wanted to do in the fall, the students expressed a strong interest in doing a drama…specifically a murder mystery” said Jenny Noël, BGA Upper School drama director. “Since many of them are introduced to Agatha Christie in their English classes, I thought they would enjoy bringing one of her classic mysteries to life on the stage.”
The Hollow, written in 1951, is an amusing and thrilling whodunit featuring brilliantly eccentric characters. The play throws lots of twists and turns the audience’s way keeping everyone guessing until the final reveal.
The cast of the play includes Madison Bailey, Parker Greenwood, Isabella Estrella, Grace Johnson, Bo Kennedy, Jack Blackstone, McAlister Alday, Olivia Russell, Meg Dunavant, Vignesh Balasunduram, Jonathan Reiss and Adysen Reader. Members of the technical crew include Martin Anderson, Caitlin Musgrove, Will Lamb, Rachel Arvizu, Stokes Dunavan, Michaela Murphy, Bella Witt, Emily Hopkins, Madeline MacArthur, Joe Weiss, Clay Walker, Ed Revere and Nick Nein.
“The process of working on this play has been a fantastic experience from start to finish,” added Noël. “I am extremely proud of this group of veteran BGA actors and crew (many of them seniors) who have worked so diligently on this challenging script and committed fully to the style of the play. I hope everyone will come out and support this talented group of students.
Plot Synopsis for The Hollow
An eclectic mix of people have been invited to spend the weekend at The Hollow, the country estate of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell just outside London. The guests include: a deceitful doctor and his wife, an artist, a film star, a London shop girl, and the Angkatell’s long-suffering nephew Edward. On the second day of the visit the doctor, John Christow, is found dead from a gunshot wound. There is any number of suspects. When two detectives arrive to investigate, they discover that the evidence equally implicates everyone. Nearly everyone has a motive and most had the opportunity.
Established in 1889, Battle Ground Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory school for grades kindergarten through 12th grade. More information on the school can be found at www.battlegroundacademy.org.