Locals rehearse for Shelburne Players’ fall play, “The Butler Did it”

Shelburne residents Richard Camilli and Matthew Winston have begun rehearsing for Shelburne Players’ thriller comedy “The Butler Did it,” opening Nov. 16-24 at Shelburne Town Center. Camilli and Winston, along with four other actors (Bob Carmody of Charlotte, Linda Kindsvatter, Rachel Newman, and Robert Ready), will be featured in what the New York Post described as “a deft and diabolical thriller…a twisted tail of murder and mayhem in the glittering world of theatre.”

A play within a play, “The Butler Did It” features writer/director Anthony J. Lefcourt, who is rehearsing his new play, a “classic whodunit” (in which all the characters are named Butler) with which he hopes to regain the success that has eluded him in recent seasons. Desperately eager to stimulate his cast to their best efforts, he has deliberately withheld the final scene of the play from them, but his patience is worn thin by petty jealousies and romantic rivalries. In an effort to spur them on, Mr. Lefcourt “stages” the murder of one of the actresses, after which the plot begins to twist and turn with such dazzling ingenuity–and hilarity–that soon actors and audience alike have lost track of what is real and what is make-believe–until a surprise ending sets matters straight in a most bizarre and ironic way.

To find out more about Shelburne Players’ fall production, please go to www.shelburneplayers.com.

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