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


Directed by — Bella Pelz
Set Design — Dillon Leonard
Costume Design — Adenike Basurto, Chloe Guido, Kelsey Ramski
Music Direction — Jane Marshall, Annika Echols
Technical Direction — Wayne Wendell
Stage Management/Head of Run Crew — DeAngelo Fletcher
Stage Management/Fight Captain — Abbey Haynes
Sound Operation — Elijah Ferguson
Light Operation — Jordan Phillips
Run Crew — Hannah Sipich, Mia Wallace, Angel Osorio, Jackson Glanton, Jada Clayton

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!