“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” came to life in Baer Theater as Upper School students mounted their winter musical on Feb. 1-2, 2019.


February 1-2, 2019


Maya — Mr. William Cartwright, Chairman
Anya — Mr. James Throttle, Stage Manager & Barkeep
Ethan — John Jasper/Mr. Clive Paget
Tom — Reverend Crisparkle/Mr. Cedric Moncrieffe
Halle — Edwin Drood/Miss Alice Nutting
Olga — Rosa Bud/Miss Deirdre Peregrine
Hailey — Helena Landless/Miss Janet Conover
Alex — Neville Landless/Mr. Victor Grinstead
Jill — Durdles/Mr. Nick Cricker
Chelsea — Deputy/Master Nick Cricker
Angela — Princess Puffer/Miss Angela Prysock
Celia — Bazzard/Miss Phyllis Bax
Celeste — Miss Isabel Yearsley
Tess — Miss Florence Gill
Savannah — Miss Gwendolen Pynn
Aiyana — Miss Sarah Cook
Solana — Miss Harriet Sayle


Directed by — Bella Pelz
Set Design — Dillon
Costume Design — Adenike, Chloe, Kelsey
Music Direction — Jane Marshall, Annika
Technical Direction — Wayne Wendell
Stage Management/Head of Run Crew — DeAngelo
Stage Management/Fight Captain — Abbey
Sound Operation — Elijah
Light Operation — Jordan
Run Crew — Hannah, Mia, Angel, Jackson, Jada

Director’s Note

In the late 1870s Charles Dickens, England’s most popular author aside from William Shakespeare, died. With his death he left a hole in the artist community and a mystery novel unfinished! Nearly 100 years later, Rupert Holmes (the man who wrote the Piña Colada song) took on the monumental task of creating a musical that would solve the mystery to The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The goal? Create a musical comedy filled with audience involvement that would help finish Dickens’ story. The outcome? A melodrama performed by the unapologetic, raunchy and talented theatre artists of the Music Hall Royale. And an experience unlike any other.

Holmes created a story that not only gives an insight into the theatre world of the 1870s, but an insight to the fundamentals of artistry. Sticking true to the writing style of Dickens himself, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (the musical) includes the darker realities of the novel which include racism, drug use, harassment and maybe even murder. Dickens, like Shakespeare, was an author who used art as a means of holding a mirror up to nature. They did not shy away from any reality of their world and neither do the artists of the Music Hall Royale.

I have had the pleasure of working with these brilliant minded students to create our own version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. We have worked hard but the only thing we truly need is you, our audience. And there you are! We can’t end the show without you. So open your ears and eyes (and throw us a laugh every now and then). With your help we will finally solve Dickens’ 100 year old, unfinished story of….The Mystery…..of Edwin Droooooood!