The Hun School of Princeton Janus Players will present the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery And Then There Were None in John Andrew Saks ’31 Auditorium on November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and on November 4th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
The production marks the debut of the work of Hun’s new faculty theatre team, Director Bill Esher and Technical Theatre Director Josh Robinson, who both joined the Hun faculty this year. Mr. Esher said when he accepted the position last spring, several student actors asked if he would consider doing the Christie classic. Having performed in it, Mr. Esher re-read the play and agreed. He thinks it is important to consider student input when selecting work.
“We want to create a process in which the voice of the Janus Players is part of the decision-making,” said Mr. Esher, who formerly taught at The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, where he was also an upper school dean. He has been involved in hundreds of professional and youth productions, lectured at the Philadelphia College of the Arts, and has built or designed costumes for 175 productions. He is also a former professional dancer.
Mr. Robinson comes to Hun from the Greenbrier Valley Theater (the State Professional Theater of West Virginia,) where he was technical director and scenic designer. He and the Hun Tech Students Club have been building the set since September. Mr. Robinson said the club’s twenty members are in charge of building and painting a top-notch set, as well as props, lighting, and marketing. The efforts are all designed to come together in a memorable production.
“Our goal is for people to walk out of the theater and say ‘That was a great show”, said Mr. Robinson. “Not a great high school show, but a great show, period, with no qualifiers.”
Cast of And Then There Were None
NARRACOTT: Melia Rao ’18 (understudy Emily, Mrs. Rogers)
VERA: Ava Petrecca,’18
EMILY BRENT: Lilley Gallagher ’18
MRS. ROGERS: Eagle Jiang ’19
ROGERS: Grey Simon ’20
BLORE: Anish Kokkirala ’18
LOMBARD: Martin Caforio ’18
MAC KENZIE: Christian Schulte ’18
WARGRAVE: Tejus Govani ’18
MARSTON: Donald Chen ’18
ARMSTRONG: Michael Alonzo ’18
VERA’s UNDERSTUDY: Courtney Joseph ’21