VGCC presenting Deathtrap for fourth annual dinner theater
Suspense, thrills and laughter are on the menu as Vance-Granville Community College presents the successful Broadway show Deathtrap for its Fourth Annual Dinner Theater. The Culinary Arts and Drama departments are teaming up once again to present a delicious meal followed by an entertaining play.
Scheduled for the evenings of Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29, in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County, the event will begin with dinner at 6 p.m.. each evening. Then, on Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m.., there will be a special encore matinee performance of the play, without dinner, at the same location.
Tickets may be obtained by clicking on one of the Eventbrite links at the bottom of this page. As an added feature this year, theater-goers will be able to choose the table and specific seats they want. This new procedure was added as the college seeks to improve the experience for audiences at our events. Since the 2015 Dinner Theater produced the first-ever sellout, patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets early in order to have the best chance of getting the seats they want for this year's show. Seats for the Thursday and Friday evening shows are $30 each. Tickets to the Saturday matinee are $18.
Written by the late playwright and novelist Ira Levin, Deathtrap enjoyed a successful original Broadway run from 1978 through 1982 and was then adapted into a feature firm. Skillfully blending thrills and laughter, the plot concerns the devious machinations of Sidney Bruhl, a writer of thrillers whose recent offerings have been flops, and who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes. He receives a script from a student, Clifford Anderson, and immediately recognizes the thriller as a potential hit, setting in motion a suspenseful chain of events. The Dramatists Play Service calls it "one of the great popular successes of recent Broadway history," adding that "Deathtrap provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment." The New York Post reported, "It is a classic thriller, a genre with a style, a manner and an audience of its own. If you like thrillers, do see it. I promise you that it is vintage." Cue Magazine added, "Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy.... Suspend your disbelief and be delighted. Scream a little. It's good for you." Deathtrap follows the immensely well received Smoke on the Mountain musical produced by VGCC for its Third Annual Dinner Theater last year and earlier productions of An Inspector Calls and Our Town.
VGCC has announced the cast and crew for the comedy-thriller.
For the first time, the dinner theater will incorporate two casts in order to provide more opportunities for students to participate. On Thursday and Friday, the cast will include Spencer Nunn of Warrenton as Sidney Bruhl, Jessie Hartley of Oxford as Myra Bruhl, Morgan McFalls of Oxford as Clifford Anderson, and Jordan Bunting of Rocky Mount as Porter Milgrim. For the Saturday matinee, the cast will feature TaJuan (“Taj”) Glenn of Oxford as Sidney Bruhl, Tia Garren of Henderson as Myra Bruhl, Malachi Glass of Henderson as Clifford Anderson, and Keyante Lindsey of Oxford as Porter Milgrim. Brittney Patterson of Henderson will play the part of Helga ten Dorp in both casts.
The crew includes Jerome Bulluck of Henderson, who is serving as stage manager, sound designer and lighting engineer; Michael Frink of Raleigh, the sound engineer who is also helping with props; and Ashley McEntee of Oxford, who is supervising props and costumes, with assistance from Jamie McGinn of Wake Forest and Allen Young of Henderson.
All are current students at the college, except for Garren, a VGCC alumna who is now on the staff of the college’s Continuing Education division.
Shown above are the members of the cast and crew for “Deathtrap”: on front row, from left, Morgan McFalls, Ashley McEntee, Keyante Lindsey, Jerome Bulluck and Tia Garren; and on back row, from left, Malachi Glass, Jessie Hartley, Michael Frink, Jordan Bunting, Brittney Patterson and TaJuan Glenn. Not pictured: Jamie McGinn, Allen Young and Spencer Nunn.
Betsy Henderson, VGCC’s Department Chair/Instructor of Humanities and Fine Arts, is the director of the play. Henderson has an MFA in Acting from UNC-Greensboro and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. She serves as Department Chair of Fine Arts and Humanities at VGCC, where she was the 2005 Instructor of the Year. As an actress, Henderson has worked professionally with Raleigh Ensemble Players (REP), Deep Dish Theatre Company, Burning Coal Theatre Company, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Theatre of the American South, Hot SummerNights @ the Kennedy, Temple Theatre, and Justice Theatre Project. Henderson has toured nationally with productions of Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan) and Diary of Anne Frank (Mrs. Frank). Her performance in REP’s Distracted in 2011 was recognized by the Independent Weekly as one of the Best Lead Performances of the year. Henderson has served on local theatre boards of directors, and as a faculty member for Cary’s Applause Youth Theatre. She has also been the Creative Director for the Broadway and Beyond/Teen Works summer camps for nine years. Recently, Henderson has been featured in The 39 Steps and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lilly at Temple Theatre. Favorite roles include Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire for Theater of the American South, Catherine in Proof for Exit through Eden productions, and Zelda Fitzgerald in The Last Flapper for Theater of the American South.
Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets may be obtained by clicking on the Eventbrite links below for each date.
We thank you for your support of Vance-Granville Community College, and we look forward to seeing you at our next Dinner Theater production. For more information, contact Betsy Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 738-3371.