Affton CenterStage Theatre Company




                                                                                 Our Murder Mystery Production

Murder by the Book

by Craig Sodaro

“Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado.”

Directed by :  Dominic Cavicchia


 “Wanted: a lover of literature in author’s shoes.”

            It is time once more for the secretive Raven Society, whose prestigious ranks include the likes of Edger Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, and most recently a dashing upstart by the name of William Shakespeare, to meet and judge the merit of the past year’s new works of mystery and murder.  To the best shall be awarded the “Smoking Gun” a title of such esteemed caliber it all but guarantees an author fame and fortune.  The worst shall be struck down by the much dreaded “Dagger” award, thrust into obscurity, and fated to be “out of print”.  However the life of a critic can be dangerous, and this year the only murders they critique could very well be their own.  Will the combined wit of the world’s greatest authors be enough to solve a true crime or are they destined, one by one, to death “by their own words”.  No skipping to the final chapter, no peeking at the last page.  


Audition Dates:

Tuesday, January 14th @ 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 15th @ 7:00pm

Auditions will be held at our rehearsal space at Abra-Kid-Abra

803 Lafayette Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119

this is located between Clark Ave and Atlanta Ave


Rehearsals: January 16th – March 7th @ Times TBD (3 nights per week as actors’ schedules allow)


Characters: 4M, 6F


Edgar Allen Poe – late 30s, the famous poet and short story writer, dark and serious but caring

Mark Twain – late 60s, the American humorist and novelist, witty but blunt, self-amusing

Arthur Conan Doyle – 40s, creator of Sherlock Holmes, wishes to be as cunning as his creation

William Shakespeare – 20s, the great playwright, charming, full of youthful exuberance


Charlotte Bronte – late 20s, the author of “Jane Eyre”, the epitome of a proper English lady

Louisa Mae Alcott – 30s, the creator of “Little Women”, kindhearted and meek

Mary Shelly – 20s, author of “Frankenstein”, wife of Percy, crafty and outspoken

Agatha Christie – 60s, the famous British mystery writer, calm, clever, a natural leader

Emily Dickinson – 30s, the American poet, frail and socially awkward

Violia Danglon – 50s, the housekeeper, simple and very out of her league


The ages listed are those recommended by the script, ALL are flexible.



Performances: will be at the Royale Orleans at 2801 Telegraph Road

Saturday, March 8th @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm?

Sunday, March 9th @ 2:00pm



For  information

Affton CenterStage – (636)349-6880

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Special Announcement:

For Active members of the Military,


l  Active Members of the Military, along with up to three direct dependents, will be admitted as guests of Affton CenterStage Theatre for our Fall and Summer shows. 


l  Eligible are Active Duty, Active Reserve, Ready Reserve Member or National Guardsman.  They must show a Department of Defense Active (not Retired) Photo I.D.






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Since 1992, we have provided quality entertainment to the folks in Affton, Missouri and surrounding areas. 

We present three shows each season:

  • A Drama or Comedy in the Fall,
  • A dinner theatre murder mystery in the Spring,


  • A “Family Oriented” show in the early Summer.


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