“Murder Ahoy” cast will take audience on a high seas adventure


Northwestern Summer Theatre will perform “Murder Ahoy” July 27 – 30 and Aug. 3 – 6 on the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium stage. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a four-course dinner is served by members of the cast starting at 6 p.m. The cast is Hector Pena, in front, and back right to left, Sean Grady, Anna Birbiglia, Gerald Williams, Jay Canova and Erika Jarlock.

Tickets are $30 and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call (318) 357-4218. The show is appropriate for all ages.

In “Murder Ahoy,” Captain Red Beard the pirate has been spotted sailing these waters, and no one is safe while he’s around. He’ll kidnap your women for ransom, and Shanghai your men when he needs a crew. But the scuttlebutt has it that there’s talk of mutiny among the crew. The old Captain might want to have that parrot on his shoulder watch his back, or there’ll be more than 16 men on that deadman’s chest in this boisterous buccaneer mystery!

The audience can take an active role in determining who committed the crime. Audience members can “bribe” the cast for clews to solving the murder. Scott Burrell is the director.

“Versatility is one thing that makes a good actor,” said Canova, a senior theatre major from Marrero. “Shakespeare wrote so beautifully, using words that are poetic yet simple. You have to learn different things to be a good all around actor.”

Canova is a graduate of the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts. Deciding to stay in Natchitoches for college was an easy decision for him.

“I came to Northwestern because it has the best undergraduate theatre program in the state,” said Canova. “I have a great community of friends who are passionate about what they do. That drew me to the program and kept me here.”