Death by Chocolate
MAY 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2024
Richmond School or Arts
Corner March and West Market Streets, Richmond NSW
About The Show
Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies, including famed chef Edith Chiles! On the eve of the grand re-opening, this is not the best advertisement! It's up to John Stone, the manager, to find the cause... and the murderer.
Delightfully sarcastic and cynical, Stone finds himself teaming up with Ed Parlor, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, in a wacky race against time. The clues point to a sinister box of chocolates, and the suspects include all the outlandish characters working for the resort. Could it be Lady Riverdale, owner of the resort, and a woman with dark secrets? Or Ralph Deadwood, gym instructor and all around cad? Dick Simmering, the aerobics instructor? Anne, the panic stricken nurse? Or could it be "Sweet Pea" Meadowbrook, the grieving daughter of the recently deceased founder of the resort?
Combining all the elements of classic murder mysteries with scathing satires of the 80's health crazes, technology and fashion.
The Cast of Characters
Welcome the staff and guests of the Meadowbrook Health Resort.
They'll get you healthy.... or die trying!
JOHN STONE - The new manager of the Meadowbrook Health Resort (and how he got there, no one knows). He is quick-witted and finds almost everything absurd (a basic cynical sort of person).
LADY RIVERDALE - Owner of Lady Riverdale Chocolates, Inc. and the new owner of the Meadowbrook Health Resort. She is the pompous, high society type except when occasionally required to use a "viscous street shrewdness" to survive.
MARGARET DANIELS - A very attractive woman who is trying to write a feature story on the resort for a leading gossip magazine.
RALPH DEADWOOD - The Gym Manager and all-around cad. Knowing all about Lady Riverdale's past, he has used that knowledge to get whatever he can from her.
ED PARLOR - Guest of Lady Riverdale's, he is a writer with a cheery disposition and enjoys the opportunity to try and solve the mysterious deaths by chocolate.
DYSLEXIA - Lady Riverdale's assistant and long-suffering secretary.
DICK SIMMERING - The Aerobics Instructor. Always garbed in a jogging outfit, he is a bright, hyperactive, slightly effeminate person.
ALFRED MELLOX - He is in charge of the janitorial staff and maintenance for the resort (a position given to him only because he was the trusted companion of the late Henry Meadowbrook). He is very stiff, rigid, and typical "butler-type".
"SWEET PEA" MEADOWBROOK - Daughter of the late Henry Meadowbrook. Very curvy (to put it delicately), she seems to be trying to eat herself to death because of the trauma of losing her father. Her mouth is always full of food and no one can understand her without the help of Alfred Mellox.
ANNE - The resort nurse who tends to panic at the slightest injury.
EDITH CHILES - The Head Chef. She is a woman with a jovial personality and New England matronly manners.
HENRY MEADOWBROOK - The founder of the Meadowbrook Health Resort. Let's just say, he's not around for long.
JOHN STONE | Joel Baltaks
LADY RIVERDALE | Emma Taite
MARGARET DANIELS | Heloise Tolar
RALPH DEADWOOD | Martin Crew
ED PARLOR | Peter Phan
DYSLEXIA | Tahlia Ransley
DICK SIMMERING | James McLanders
ALFRED MELLOX | Michael Niccol
"SWEET PEA" MEADOWBROOK | Anthea Brown
ANNE | Lisa Hardwidge
EDITH CHILES | Sally Winsor
HENRY MEADOWBROOK | Himself
STAGE MANAGER |
COSTUMES COORDINATOR |
COSTUMES ASSISTANT |
SET DESIGN |
Steve Wimmer & Penny Johnson
LIGHTING DESIGN |
LIGHTING OPERATORS |
Steve Wimmer & Ash Cumming
SOUND DESIGN |
Jake Warner & Penny Johnson
SOUND OPERATORS |
Jake Warner & Ash Cumming
REHEARSAL PROMPT |