BONUS EP: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Presented by the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association

Kankakee Valley Theatre Association presents…

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD ~ Based on Charles Dickens’ final unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer. The tale is presented as a show-within-a-show, as the Music Hall Royale – a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company – presents Dickens’ brooding mystery. Musical numbers include “Perfect Strangers,” “Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead,” “Off To The Races” and “Moonfall.”

In this podcast episode, Jake talks with Tyler McMahon, director of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” at the Kankakee Valley Theater Association. They reminisce about past theater experiences and delve into the intricacies of the current production. Tyler discusses the challenges actors face when playing characters within characters and the unique audience participation element where the show’s ending is determined by audience vote, with 44 possible outcomes. The conversation highlights the show’s blend of humor, mystery, and the immersive experience it provides, as well as the dedication of the cast and crew in bringing this complex and interactive musical to life.

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