The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) & Casa Luna Winery of Lake Oswego are delighted to announce the cast of our winter thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER, written by Frederick Knott and directed by Robert Buckingham. The 1954 film version of DIAL M FOR MURDER was made famous by acclaimed suspense director Alfred Hitchcock and starred the radiant Grace Kelly.

The thriller centers around a love triangle between Tony Wendice (portrayed by Chris Chiola), his wife Margot (portrayed by Kristin Johnson), and her former lover Max (portrayed by Lynn Lothman). Tony married Margot for her money and now decides to have her killed for the same reason with some good old-fashioned revenge sprinkled in. Tony recruit’s former classmate turned con man with a criminal record “Captain” Lesgate (portrayed by Garrick Gordon) to commit the heinous crime. Lesgate is no killer, but his options are limited as Tony has created an elaborate tale to force his hand. The following night, when Margot is alone, Lesgate attacks her as planned. However, that plan quickly unravels and nothing else goes as intended. There IS a murder to investigate, but who IS the victim? Detective Hubbard (portrayed by director Robert Buckingham) arrives to investigate while an inquisitive reporter (portrayed by Mackenzie Wingate) helps the story along. Luckily, the detective from  Scotland Yard, and a man deeply in love set out to uncover the truth in a scene of riveting suspense that’s perfectly written for “whodunit” fans. The clues are cleverly dropped like breadcrumbs for audiences to pick up and figure out like any good arm-chair detective would. Set in London in the 1950’s, the production of DIAL M FOR MURDER will transport you to another time and place.

Performances will be held at The Barn Community Playhouse in Tillamook on February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 7:00PM and February 4, 11, 18 2024 at 2:00PM. Doors open one half-hour prior to curtain. Tickets are on sale now at tillamooktheater.com or call the TAPA box office  at (503) 812-0275 to purchase tickets, ask questions or you need assistance. As always, opening night is Gala Night where each ticket holder receives one free beverage and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres.

The cast:

Back row left to right: Robert Buckingham, Mackenzie Wingate, Garrick Gordon,

Front row left to right: Lynn Lothman, Kristin Johnson, Chris Chiola

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