Jeri Dunn Photo / Old friends Detective Hercule Poirot, played by Doug May, at right, and Monsieur Bouc, played by Richard Bryan, rehearse a scene in which they plan their journey before boarding the Orient Express.

Artistic Civic Theatre is bringing to life Agatha Christie's classic whodunit, "Murder on the Orient Express," beginning Friday, Oct. 25, through Saturday, Nov. 2.

Director Jennifer Phinney notes that this production is the Georgia premiere of Ken Ludwig's adaptation. ACT is also one of the first amateur companies in the country to stage this adaptation.

Based on the beloved Agatha Christie novel, which was made into a popular film in 2017, "Murder on the Orient Express" is set onboard the titular elegant train of the 1930s. The Orient Express is stopped by a heavy snowfall, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must interrupt his trip home to London from the Middle East to solve a murder.

"Working on this Georgia premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express' has been so much fun," says Judy Beasley, who plays Princess Dragomiroff.

If you go

* What: “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express”

* Where: 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Georgia

* When: 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and 31, Nov. 1-2; 2 p.m. Oct. 27

* Admission: $16 adults, $14 senior adults,$12 students

* For more information: 706-278-4796

She advises audience members to listen carefully.

"There are many, many, too many clues. Our famous detective is put to the test both mentally and spiritually. Justice takes a strange shape, but justice is done," she says.

Doug May is cast as Detective Poirot. Rounding out the ensemble cast are Richard Bryan, Taylor Ruggiero, Allen Bishop, Lane Haley, Theresa Perry, Kate Phinney, Lori Etheridge, Nathan Davies, Ted Long, Adam Stark and Carter Gee.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 706-278-4796. Artistic Civic Theatre members receive a $2 discount.


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