Zanesville Community Theatre's "The Hollow"

Zanesville Community Theatre To Stage Halloween Whodunnit

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The Zanesville Community Theatre is celebrating Halloween and beyond with their upcoming production of The Hollow, a murder mystery by Agatha Christie.

The ZCT production is set in the 1940s in the English country house of Sir Henry Angkatell and his wife, Lucy. Melanie Von Gunten is directing the production, along with assistant director, Sheryl Wise. Nancy Hynds is the producer.

The play opens, appropriately, on Friday, Oct. 31, with other performances on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. There will be repeat 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8, with two Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9. Audience members attending the Halloween opening night are invited to come in costume.

In typical Agatha Christie fashion, a number of odd and humorous characters are placed in close proximity and a murder then occurs. The eccentric English characters in the ZCT production are a mixture of the comic and the murderous. The clever Inspector Colquhoun is being played by Jan Smith, with Jared Gantzer as his assistant, Detective Sargent Penny. Steven Hendershott will be seen as the visiting physician, Dr. John Christow, with Sarah Gantzer as his adoring wife, Gerda.

The hosts of the country estate setting are Sir Henry Angktell, played by Eric Blake and Lucy, Lady Angkatell, played by Sally Goins. Aaron Chase appears as Edward Angkatell, visiting cousin and eventual heir to an estate and a fortune. Cary Underwood will play Midge Harvey, penniless Angkatell cousin.

The Irish sculptress, Henrietta Angkatell, will be played by Jillian B. Von Gunten. Laurel DuBeck will appear as the sultry film star with a dubious past, Veronica Cray. In the role of the butler, Gudgeon, ZCT has cast Lew Woodward, with Katelyn Baughman as his assistant and housemaid, Doris. Rebecca Wagstaff will undertake multiple roles as “the voice.”

The Zanesville Community Theatre has partnered with the Muskingum County Library System for this production. Anyone making their ticket reservation by phone and presenting the Muskingum County Library System borrower’s card when paying for their ticket will receive a 50% reduction in the ticket price.

At each performance, audience members will have an opportunity to vote at intermission for the character they think committed the murder. All those making the correct guess will have their names entered into a drawing for a gift following the performance.

For more information on The Hollow, or to make ticket reservations, call the theatre box office at (740) 455-6487. Tickets may also be purchased online at, but to receive the 50% library card bonus, tickets must be paid for at the box office and the library card presented at that time.