WHAT: Encore Theatre presents “Murder by Ten,” a murder mystery spoof by Eddie McPherson (2012), directed by Sandy Dempsey, assisted by Debbie Culver and produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Company.

WHERE: Powerhouse Theatre at the Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion Ave., Independence (corner of Truman and Noland roads).

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 11-12; 2 p.m. Oct. 13

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $4 for children 12-younger. Purchase at the box office or call 816-325-7367 for reservations.


Ten dim-witted people have been invited to an old house on Dunce Island with the ultimate purpose, unbeknownst to them, to be murdered. Apparently, because of his or her dumbness, each was responsible for the earlier death of someone else. Now, one by one, they themselves are done in according to a silly nursery rhyme hanging over the fireplace. Because they’re not the brightest bulbs in the box, the poor victims are murdered rather easily by such things as vacuum cleaner hoses and live alligators. After several murders take place, they become suspicious of each other. But when the last person bites the dust and there’s no one else on the island, the question remains: Who the heck did all the murdering? A fun parody of one of Agatha Christie’s most popular mystery novels, “And Then There Were None.” Previously titled “Ten Little Dunces.” after Christie's original title “Ten Little Indians.” (from histage.com)


Character: actor

Peppy Sparks: Mellissa Rice

Miss Priggish: Kristi Hibschman

Dr. Nostrum: Ken Kasten

Mr. Roper: Joseph Sheppard

Mr. Drudge: Michael Daniels

Mrs. Drudge: Kenny Kuhlman

Judge Slayer: Lauri Larsen

General Blitz: Kenn Marlowe

Mark Centrum: Ares Brinkley

Rich N. Virile: Steven Rice

Detective Foot/off-stage voice: Sam Culver

Detective Hound: Susan Medler

Detective Clothes: Debbie Culver