‘The Lone Rider: A Large Number of Ways to Die in the West’ corrals Winchester stage in June

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A whodunit western-comedy

WINCHESTER — Saddle up for The Lone Rider: A Large Number of Ways to Die in the West at Winchester’s Old Town Hall this June.

Murder mysteries come in many flavours, but the newest upcoming Dundas County Players (DCP) production is definitely unique and unmatched. Prepare for a rarely seen genre in the world of theatre: a whodunit western-comedy. Award-winning and internationally produced local playwright Mat Kelly serves up his latest work with a side of rebellious cowgirl attitude. From the sharp shooting cattle baroness, to the crooked banker, to the saloon girl who knows too much for her own good, everyone has something to hide.

The play features Lynne LeBlanc as the Lone Rider; Braxton Bowers as the narrator; Scott Martin as Clarence; Caroline Zipfel as Daphne; Tim Sisson as Hank; Jack Guigue as Percival; Sabrina Ventrella as Mary; Emily-Marissa Laframboise as Rose; and Braxton Bowers, Sylvia Barlow, Brenda Windmill, and Joanna Ventrella as the Town Folk. The plot twists and turns through several complications, leaving a trail of clues leading to the murderer’s identity.

The sheriff of Dry Stone is out of town, leading a posse in hot pursuit of a robber who just held up the local bank. This means that when deputy McCray is shot in town, the responsibility of catching his killer falls upon Percival Potts, an inexperienced greenhorn with allergies and a phobia of horses.
Sound challenging? You bet! Percival’s investigation is made even more difficult since everyone in town has a reason to hate the dead man. Fortunately, Percival is not alone in his search for the killer. A mysterious stranger has just ridden into town, on her own quest for justice, and she is willing to help Percival find the murderer.

So kick up your spurs and enjoy the newest, and possibly the most playful and clever DCP production, from Mat Kelly. The upcoming show follows up on the heels and success of the local amateur theatre troupe’s staging of  Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest earlier this spring.

The Lone Rider: A Large Number of Ways to Die in the West runs at The Old Town Hall: 478 Main Street, Winchester:

• Friday — June 14, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday — June 15, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday — June 16, 2:00 p.m.
• Friday — June 21, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday — June 22, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday — June 23, 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth under 18; purchase online at www.dcplayers.ca, call 613-297-0097, or buy in person at The Planted Arrow Flowers and Gifts, 501 St. Lawrence St., Winchester.


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