The Saint Paul’s Marian Players have finally gotten back onto the stage after the long-awaited renovation of their beloved theater. The Marian Players, led by new director Barrett Baumgartner, hung any doubt of their theatrical prowess by putting on an enjoyable performance of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
“It was the perfect example of what a Saint Paul’s show should be,” said Saint Paul’s junior Preston Olivier on this fall’s drama.
Going into this production, I was slightly skeptical due to the loss of many actors who graduated last year. However, the actors showed they had what it takes and settled many worries of mine.
The actors, now under the direction of Mr. Baumgartner and Mr. Brown, created a truly ominous atmosphere that left the audience member wondering who was responsible for the murders, with each character seeming equally likely to be the killer. The mystery the actors created was one of the most compelling aspects of the production.
The only criticism I might have is that there were a few hiccups with the doors on either side of the set and on the main stage. However, the actors had minimal practice in the new theater due to its renovation, and I saw the play on opening night when the actors were most nervous and unfamiliar with the intricacies of the stage.
Saint Paul’s senior Nicholas Beaumont saw the play on November 30, and he had all good things to say. “Walking into the newly renovated theater, I was intrigued to see what Mr. Baumgartner put together as the new director of the Marian Players. I can now say for certain that I was pleasantly surprised with the production.”
The Marian Players have future productions on December 7-10, and each one starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for this production can be purchased at https://ticketpeak.co/stpauls/events.