Audience participation crucial in Light Opera production

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Theater > Musical whodunnit lets showgoers determine ending

Audiences for the Los Alamos Light Opera production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” have a most important role: they get to vote on how the show will end.
Loosely based on an unfinished mystery by Charles Dickens, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical by Rupert Holmes, is set in the Music Hall Royale in London. Chairman William Cartwright and his company of Victorian players have devised a musical rendition of the story that invites audience participation at every step.
Since Dickens died before finishing his story, the company has rehearsed multiple endings for the audience to vote on during the second act.
The story features John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper’s nephew, young Edwin Drood. Also in love with Rosa Bud is the unpredictable foreigner, Mr. Neville Landless, who is accompanied by his tempestuous twin sister, Helena. The title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve — but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunnit?
These are a slew of the possibilities the audience will consider as this playwithin-a-play comes to a hilariously madcap conclusion that is different every night!
Performances will be 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-12 at the Duane Smith Auditorium, with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors, available online at losalamoslightopera.org, or at the door.