New Baldwyn theater hosts first show

Adam Robison | Daily Journal Marston (Chet Barber, on the floor) dies, but, from left, General Mackenzie (Robert Palmer), Sir Lawrence Wargrave (Kenny Cook), Emily Brent (Judie Garrett), Rogers (Buz Plaxico), Dr. Armstrong (Craig Gaines) and Philip Lombard (Clark Richey) are all also on the hit list in Baldwyn Main Street Players' "And Then There Were None."

Adam Robison | Daily Journal
Marston (Chet Barber, on the floor) dies, but, from left, General Mackenzie (Robert Palmer), Sir Lawrence Wargrave (Kenny Cook), Emily Brent (Judie Garrett), Rogers (Buz Plaxico), Dr. Armstrong (Craig Gaines) and Philip Lombard (Clark Richey) are all also on the hit list in Baldwyn Main Street Players’ “And Then There Were None.”

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

BALDWYN – The Baldwyn Main Street Players will present a play in its new home next week.

The theater company will present Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” at the new Claude Gentry Theatre in downtown Baldwyn next week.

For director Debby Gibbs, the play fits the intimate venue.

“It’s truly a ‘whodunit,’” Gibbs said. “As the characters die off, the number of suspects go up.”

The mystery begins as eight guests are invited for a weekend by an unknown host.

A voice accuses everyone, even the house servants, of murder, and each of the guests are killed off as suspicions rise as to who the killer is.

“There’s a twist ending that will really take everybody back,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs’ cast includes Bentley Burns, who took a theater class under Gibbs at Tupelo High School and is returning to the stage with “And Then There Were None.”

Burns plays William Blore.

“I come in with two different stories, so I’m suspicious from the start,” he said. “The play makes everybody look so guilty that you have to look more innocent.”

Kenny Cook is known for his film work, both in locally made movies and in Hollywood films, but he’s taking a break from movies for the play. He stars as Sir Lawrence Wargrave.

“I’m a judge, and I kind of take charge,” he said of his character. “I get to look down on folks a little, and try to do a British accent.”

He said the story’s mysteries and the new venue will make for an exciting weekend in Baldwyn.

“It gives us a chance to pay homage to this old theater,” he said.

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

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What: Baldwyn Main Street Players present “And Then There Were None”

When: 7 p.m., Sept. 19, 21, 23, 26, 28; 2 p.m., Sept. 22

Where: Claude Gentry Theatre, Baldwyn

Cost: $12

Info: (662) 678-3931