South Aiken students debut Christie play Friday
The South Aiken High School drama program will present on stage the Agatha Christie mystry classic “And Then There Were None,” which runs at the school Friday through Sunday.
Also known as “Ten Little Indians,” the play in various ways brings 10 people to a island at a time when terrible weather prevents them from leaving. Each in the past has been responsible for a death for various reasons, and soon nefarious incidents mysteriously begin to reduce their numbers.
Christie wrote 30 novels, and “And Then There were None” is widely considered the best and most popular.
“I read the book as a freshman and watched a British group perform it,” said actor Daric Longfellow. “It's really cool.”
Directed by teacher Ramona Parsons, the play takes place in the 1920s. The South Aiken students wanted the set to have a period look, so they held fundraisers and scoured area thrift shops and other sites to create a living room from nearly a century ago.
“I like to do this,” said stage manager Maddie Diaz. “What everybody is going to see is great.”
The other actors are Taylor Trotter, Courtney Adiotomre, Millennia Burnett, Lessie Day, Anna Deegan, Alonzo Hay, Brianna Priester, Caleb Madden and Daniel Rodriguez.
The assistant director is student Brittany DeHart, while the production manager is Katie Wilms. Other crew members are Samantha Cartin, Brook Cogdill, Carmen Czerwinski, Emily Garner, Sam Gilbert, Fionna Harper, Sabrina Hutto, Alex Lee, Ivey Li, Haley Livernois, Rion Longfellow, Eric McCain, Bianca McNair, Sarah Mell, Jenni Mosch, Kaitlyn Pruiett, Morgan Pruiett, Abigail Rice, Ally Riggins, Brian Sirk and Madison Sutton.
The play will be held at South Aiken High School, 232 East Pine Log Road, on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets will be $6 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard's education reporter and has been with the newspaper since September 2001.