By Kathy L. Collins

The Village Players present Agatha Christie’s Murder On the Nile at the historic James McCabe Theatre located at 506 5th St. in Valrico. The show will premiere with a dinner theatre on Friday, June 13. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include dinner courtesy of Willie’s Seafood Restaurant.

Regular performances will run Saturday, June 14, Friday, June 20 and 27, Saturday, June 21 and 28 at 8 p.m. A matinee will be held on Sunday, June 22 at 3 p.m. Regular tickets are $15 general admission, $13 students, seniors and military with ID and $12 for groups of 12 or more.

Murder on the Nile is directed by Gail Pierce who said, “I chose this play because 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s first murder mystery.”

Murder on the Nile, the play, was written after the movie version of Christie’s book, Death on the Nile. Pierce added, “This particular play is one of the most intricate murders that I’ve ever directed.”

Christie was a master at attention to detail and studied human nature. She was also a well travelled person. She often accompanied her second husband, an archeologist. Pierce said, “I believe this (her travels) lent her novels an air of mystery and character development. It would also add a sense of reality of the surroundings through her own personal experiences and take us to exotic places about which many of us can only dream.”

Murder on the Nile is a perfect play for Pierce to direct. “I have the added advantage of traveling to Egypt with my husband. We actually travelled up the Nile on a river boat much like the passengers on our river boat ‘Lotus’ in our production. I believe I too can add a personal touch to this show through my own personal travels as well as my directorial skills,” said Pierce.

For more information and to get tickets to the shows, call 643-8292 and leave your name and phone number. Visit to purchase tickets or get information on this show and upcoming shows and auditions.

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