Sandbag, Stage Left, or One Dead Dolly

By John Anthony

The members of the Mill City Players are beside themselves over the mysterious death of their leading lady, Amelia Meddle, who during a performance, was cruelly squashed by a flying sandbag. All fingers point to her husband, undertaker Arnold Meddle, who was seen wandering around backstage just before the sailing sandbag hit pay dirt. It’s mud-slinging galore between Defense lawyer Philip Static and Prosecutor Emily Cling. Meanwhile, one by one the members of the Mill City players take the stand to implicate Arnold Meddle knowing about his jealous nature and Amelia’s flirtations with Mill City lead actor Byron Shelley. This, claims the Prosecution, provides Arnold with his motive. But Arnold contends he is innocent, but who could crush such a lovely woman under a pile of dirt and burlap? Mill City Stage Manager Gretel Van Cistern? Sexy actress Shelley Shelley? Arnold’s mousy Assistant Embalmer Margaret “Chuck” Bury? Or Medical Examiner Salvatore Soo, whom, we discover in a startling revelation, is related to the manufacturer of the deadly sandbag? It’s the case of the century, (or at least this past week), under the steady gavel of female Judge Royale Been, who presides over a jury of audience members, called for duty when the Judge dismisses the original jury for not inviting her to their party.

Characters:

  • Prison Guard: Seth Nappa
  • Bailiff: Dan Wilson
  • Judge Roy L. Been: Lou Dispenza
  • Cling: Jennifer Wilson
  • Static: Josh Brown
  • Salvatore Soo: Peter Young
  • Gretel Van Cistern: Reba Eaton
  • Ginger Rayle: Jacki Gagne
  • Mrs. Brian Shelley: Eva Toscano
  • Edwena “Chuck” Bury: Sue Clohecy
  • Penelope Pacemaker (pronounced “Pah-che-mah-kay”): Gael Nappa
  • Harriet Beecher Meddle: Ann Jaroncyk
  • Dora Glockamorra: Kristin Gillett
  • Byron Shelley: Andy Griffith
  • Gus Swenson: Harold Nelson