Drama Club Presents Murder on the Orient Express

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Emily Haile, Elizabeth Buckingham, Allie Hagen, Maddie Heim, Christian Rydzka, Luca Ballarin are busy rehearsing for the play. Photo by Sophia Cuva.

By Carmen Lee-Bennett

With the Fall Play, “Murder on the Orient Express,” already having rehearsals, now is the perfect time to ask Mrs. LoVullo – the director – questions about this amazing performance only one month away.

1. Who is your favorite character and why?
“I’ve always been interested in relationships between characters, so it’s hard for me to pick just one. I would say that in this play, my favorite pairing of characters would have to be Princess Dragomiroff and Greta Ohlsson! They both come from very different backgrounds and their social stations in life create a lot of bickering. At the end of the day, though, they seem to deeply care about each other. They are funny and endearing at the same time to watch together!

2. What are you most looking forward to in the Fall Play?
“Honestly, my favorite part of the process is when I get to laugh! There is a striking combination of good script writing and sheer talent in this production! Although I oversee everything, to be honest, I can’t take credit for the brilliance that will no doubt come with this show. I am honored to watch it all come together, and I can’t wait to sit back and be entertained.

3. How would you describe this play in one word?
“Thrilling!”

4. What made you choose this play over others?

“Every spring I review several play scripts. I go into my reading of scripts assuming that I will go through a strategic process to select a script, but every time I honestly have to admit that it feels like the play finds me instead of the other way around! The opening scene of this play spoke to me. When I read more, I could just visualize it coming to life on the East stage. It was a no-brainer; this play was perfect!”

5. Is there a main message throughout the play? If so, what is it?

“I’m not sure if there is one definite answer to this, but if I could suggest something it would be to expect the unexpected! This play forces the audience to walk several plot paths and twists. It’s so entertaining!”
“Murder on the Orient Express” will be performed at East on November 9 and November 10, so make sure to clear your calendar and experience this fantastic detective fiction with friends and family, solve the crime with Hercule Poirot, and, most of all, have fun!