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The cast of Ravenscroft The cast of Ravenscroft

Pre- and post-holiday theatre previews

By Brian P. Sharp

A ‘Theatre Guild’ who done it

The cast of Ravenscroft

Make plans now for “Ravenscroft” at the Dayton Theatre Guild. The setting is an English manor in 1905. The players: the lady of the house, her daughter, the Governess, the maid and the cook … but wait – an investigator? Why? There’s been a murder.  Only one murder or have there been others? Who is guilty? Who knows the truth? Did someone else die in this same house, in the same way?

These are the questions that are answered in “Ravenscroft,” the latest production being presented at the Dayton Theatre Guild written by Don Nigro and directed by Debra Kent. The exceptional cast includes Wendi Michael as Mrs. Ravenscoft, Danielle DeLorme as Gillian Ravenscroft, the daughter; Rachel Wilson as Marcy Kleiner, the Governess; Jennifer Lockwood as Mrs. French; Jenna Burnette as Dolly and leading the investigation is Robb Willoughby as Inspector Ruffing.

What has happened on the snowy December night? What happened to Patrick Roarke before he was found at the foot of the stairs? These are questions that only the women of the house can answer. Why do their stories not match? Who is telling the truth?

Inspector Ruffing must get to the bottom of it. Is there truth to all of the stories? The ladies of this house are quite alluring and very dangerous. Inspector Ruffing is taken in, and filled with information. He is invited to stay the night … in staying, will he find out the truth, be the next victim or be swayed to their way of thinking?

Staged so that the other ladies overhear the investigator’s questions … but why are their answers contradictory? What is the truth? Is the truth really what Inspector Ruffing is looking for … or what he finds?

This delightful comedy is a great relief from the winter blues of January. {PULL QUOTE]

Presented January 7-23 at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape at 430 Wayne Ave. in Dayton. Tickets range in price from $10 to $17 and can be purchased online at or by calling (937) 278-5993.

One-woman holiday

You still have time to catch the last weekend of the holiday bonus production, “Precious Heart,” the one-woman comedy by an all male cast. Come see Greg Smith as Fleeta Mae.  Be prepared to laugh. “Precious Heart,” written by Ted Karber Jr., has had some holiday adaptations that make it the perfect choice for a night out during the holiday rush.  You don’t want to miss this show.

Presented 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11, and 3 p.m. Sundays at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape at 430 Wayne Ave. in Dayton. Tickets range in price from $10 to $17 and can be purchased online at or by calling (937) 278-5993.

‘Belles’ are ringing at the Dayton Playhouse

“Christmas Belles,” that is. The Holiday bonus show “Christmas Belles,” written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, and directed by Wade Hamilton and Brian Sharp is being presented from December 17-19, at the Dayton Playhouse located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton. Performances are Friday night at 8 p.m., Saturday at a 2 p.m. matinee and 8 p.m. and Sunday at a 2 p.m. matinee.

The 11-member cast includes Cynthia Karns as Geneva Musgrave, Elaine Smith as Honey Raye Futrelle, Jennie Yeaman as Frankie Futrelle-Dubberly, Marabeth Klejna as Twink Futrelle, Ginger Hubbs as Rhonda Lynn Lampley, Brittany Brown as Gina Jo Dubberly, Cathy Morningstar as Patsy Price, Matthew Smith as Rev. Justin Waverly, Joe Meyer as John Curtis, Mike Frazier as Dub Dubberly and Jeffrey Campbell as Raynerd Chisum.

Come see what happens when a Church Christmas pageant spins out of control as three squabbling sisters try to rein in the production. You will find an ailing Santa, a nasty sheep, a less than enthusiastic Elvis impersonator, along with a family secret that when revealed, might just destroy the entire production. On top of all of this, the pageant is being shown live on cable access for the first time. Come join us in Fayro, Texas for a bit of redneck humor. Christmas Belles will bring some joy to your world this holiday season.

“Christmas Belles” will run December 17-19. Tickets range in price from $10 to $15 and can be purchased by calling the Dayton Playhouse box office at (937) 424-8477 or online at

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