Kentwood to Open the New Year with “Farndale…”

The Checkmate Manor killer strikes again in the Kentwood Players hilarious whodunit spoof, THE FARNDALE AVENUE...MURDER MYSTERY. (l to r: Vada Foster, Joanna Churgin, Shaina Zalma, Deborah Ishida, with Jayne Hamil as the deceased -- or is she?)

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery” will be the first production of 2011 at the Kentwood Playhouse.  A hilarious farce that spoofs the detective thriller genre, the show runs from Friday, Jan. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 19 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester (LA 90045). The production is directed by Scott Martin and produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete and Linda Reinhardt.

The laughs abound as overly-ambitious and talent-challenged middle-aged ladies of a working class British village present their hysterical community theatre production of an original Agatha Christie-type whodunit called “Murder at Checkmate Manor.” As is typical for these dingbat divas, everything that can go wrong, does. From forgotten lines and missed cues to lost props and broken furniture to multiple costume changes and lighting and sound effects that all could have used more rehearsal time, the ladies valiantly insist on entertaining you against your will and guarantee to bring down the house — or at least a substantial part of the set!

Featured in the cast are Joanna Churgin, Vada Foster, Jayne Hamil, Deborah Ishida and Shaina Zalma who do their best to prove that “the show must go on.”

Tickets are $18.00 with a $2.00 discount for seniors, students, and servicemen. To purchase tickets, please call (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 4-7 PM. Visa, MasterCard, and Diner’s Club accepted, with a $1.50 convenience fee added per ticket charged to a credit card. You may also purchase tickets online at For group ticket sales, please call the box office.

For more information about Kentwood Players including our current productions, upcoming auditions, and our Kentwood Kids Children’s Theatre Classes, please visit the Kentwood Players website at And you can also sign up and be a Kentwood Players friend on Facebook and My Space.

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