Players Present One for the Summer, a Mystery of a Show

Come Watch the Hilarity!

By: Terry Woods

Once upon a time, it was summer in Conroe. The City became hot, hot, hot for something exciting to do. The Owen was a buzzing because the Players Theatre Company answered the call despite the extreme heat. “Come to the theatre for summer fun and hilarity galore. Get your tickets early for the best comedy, mystery in town”. The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 opens on June 29, 2018 and will entertain audiences until July 15, 2018.

This is a period piece complete with an old house, strange passage ways and an eccentric rich owner who loves the theatre. The story takes place in the Chappaqua, New York mansion of Elsa Von Grossenknueten in December 1940 and it follows the mysterious misadventures of the team behind a Broadway flop as they come together for an audition for a new musical. Soon the audience is cooled to fact that many dangers are apparent. The actors arrive at the house freezing from a snow storm, and other mishaps. As one character put it: “Nancy Drew would be in Seventh Heaven here.” The eccentric creatives include arrogant director Ken de la Maize, hoofer Nikki Crandall, comedian Eddie McEuen, Marjorie Baverstock, Roger Hopewell, and Bernice Roth. Imagine the startling “goings on” as each character finds their way through the house and stumbles on a clue or a surprising calamity or worse.

When it comes to comedy for the Player’s Theatre Company look to Orvis Melvin to direct the play to its fullest. Previously he directed 9- to 5, Moon Over Buffalo, and Oklahoma. All were fan favorites. This time he excels with a show that is sure to make you laugh. The cast is full of seasoned comedic actors and a couple of new actors that will be fun to watch. Here is the cast of Musical Comedy Murders of 1940:

Megan Nix – Helsa Wenzel

Terry Lynn Hale – Elsa von Grossenknueten

Arthur Stringer – Michael Kelly

Dale Trimble  – Patrick O’Reilly

Mike Ragan – Ken De La Maize

McKenna Hartlein – Nikki Crandall

Kevin Downs – Eddie McCuen

Cheryl Campbell – Marjorie Baverstock

David Herman – Roger Hopewell

Kelley Luke Trimble – Bernice Roth

This show is complete with double identities, hidden passages, murders, and mystery, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is the type of comedy that blends the serious with the silly. It is written by John Bishop. The show is old school in the best way, comedic-thriller, theater that puts jive in its jokes and always “leaves them fainting with laughter”. You know you want to come see this show. Players Theatre Company at the Owen Theatre in downtown Conroe, Texas 225 Metcalf St, 77301. Get your tickets online at or call the box office (936-539-4090) Tuesday Through Friday 3-6 PM and on show dates. The show opens on:

Friday June 29, 2018 at 8:00

Saturday June 30, 2018 at 8:00

Friday July 6, 2018 at 8:00

Saturday July 7,2018 at 8:00

Sunday July 8, 2018 at 2:00

Friday July 13, 2018 at 8:00

Saturday July 14, at 8:00

Sunday July 15, at 2:00