Win Tickets ($60): Bag & Baggage Presents The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Murder At Checkmate Manor @ The Vault Theatre | Portland 2017 Halloween Comedy Theater

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Bag & Baggage Presents The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Murder At Checkmate Manor @ The Vault Theatre on October 13. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 9.


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Murder At Checkmate Manor
October 12-31, 2017
Thursdays – Sundays 7:30 p.m., 2p.m. Sunday | $25 – $30 | 18+
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The Vault Theater
350 E Main Street, Hillsboro

It’s simple, really.

Four small town British community theatre actresses and one doddering stage manager are touring the United States with a production of an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, Murder At Checkmate Manor, as part of the United Kingdom’s “Former Colony Cultural Re-Education Program.” Simple, right? Well…there is a twist…

The “ladies” of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild’s Dramatic Society are actually men in drag, and although their hearts are filled with a passion for a refined British style acting, they are just…well, terrible.

Following our smash hit production of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild’s Dramatic Society’s Production Of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, Bag&Baggage brings the hilariously horrific troupe of awful actors to The Vault this Halloween for The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild’s Dramatic Society’s Murder At Checkmate Manor by Walter Zerling Jr. and David McGillvrary, directed by Scott Palmer.

“These shows are, in a word, hilarious,” says Palmer. “Essentially, they are a kind of Monty Python-style spoof of English community theatres. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong. It is one catastrophe after another, all while the ladies of Farndale desperately try to get the train back on the tracks.”

B&B’s previous production of TFAHETGDS’s A Christmas Carol was described as “bad theatre at its hilarious best” by The Portland Monthly, and “think Downton Abbey meets The Three Stooges in drag” by The Oregonian. The Portland Tribune said the show was “an evening of brazen theatrical success.”

Murder At Checkmate Manor follows (for the most part) the plot of Agatha Christie’s classic’s And Then There Were None; the members of an English noble family all arrive a remote country estate, Checkmate Manor, for the reading of Lord Bishop’s last will and testament and suddenly find all of the beneficiaries dropping like flies before the will can be read.

In the meanwhile, the cast have lost a dog, the set keeps falling apart, the light and sound guy is falling asleep, and the cast have to do a fashion show to raise money for their costume designer’s emergency hard surgery.

Just another night at a Farndale show!

Patrick Spike, who reprises his role as the Dramatic Guild’s leader Mrs. Phoebe Reece, said, “There are very few roles that offer actors this kind of challenge. To play terrible actors really well is very difficult, and to do so in six inch heels and a massive wig is even harder. In the end, the Farndale shows are just an enormous amount of fun for the actors and the audience.”

Joining Spike are Jeremy Sloan (previously seen as Gilroy Gildersleeve in B&B’s Christmas-time radio show spoofs) as Mercedes Blower, Norman Wilson (last seen with B&B in Rough Crossing) as Thelma Greenwood, B&B Resident Actor Arianne Jacques as Gordon the stage manager, and B&B’s newcomer Tyler Buswell as Felicity Fortesque. Costumes are designed by Melissa Heller, Scenic design by Megan Wilkerson, and Lighting design by Jim Ricks-White. Cassie Greer, B&B’s Associate Artistic Director, will assistant direct the show and also provide dialect coaching.

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32 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Bag & Baggage Presents The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Murder At Checkmate Manor @ The Vault Theatre | Portland 2017 Halloween Comedy Theater

  1. courtney camp October 3, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    I love live plays but rarely get out to them. I would love to attend this!

  2. Sandra October 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    sounds like great fun!

  3. Kristin October 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    A theater lover and this looks like so much fun!!

  4. Courtney October 3, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

    Haven’t been to a play in a while. Would love to see some local artists.

  5. KRogers October 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    Lord knows I’ve got a lot of baggage, sounds perfect!

  6. Diana October 4, 2017 at 8:36 am #

    This sounds hilarious and just my type of humor.

  7. Jillian Powell October 4, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    What a great sounding show. I love to participate in these type of unique stage productions.

  8. rachel October 4, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    This sounds like it would be alot of fun!

  9. Cris October 4, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    Sounds very entertaining! Love to go

  10. Vicki Bonagofski October 4, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    I love going to plays but don’t get to very often, this would be a treat to win!

  11. Krystal lister October 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

    I would love to have a night out away from the kids. Sounds like a lot of fun! :)

  12. Greg & Pat Jones October 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    This would be such a great date night for me & my wife to celebrate or 25th anniversary , it would be something we would always cherish remember!

  13. Caroline Swindell October 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

    I’ve been meaning to check out the local theater scene, and this sounds like a hoot!

  14. Cherie Savoie Tintary October 4, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    I have not seen a show at B&B yet ,this seems like a perfect show to see

  15. NICOLE October 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    SOUNDS AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  16. Lisa October 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    Please pick us! We would thoroughly enjoy a night out for a murder mystery!! This would be a wonderful opportunity.

  17. Wendy October 5, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    Yes please. I want to see the new venue.

  18. Jennifer October 5, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    I have gotta see this; it sounds hysterical and like the perfect kick off to the Halloween season.

  19. Faith O'Malley October 6, 2017 at 6:34 am #

    I love all things Halloween!

  20. Jennifer October 6, 2017 at 7:19 am #

    What is this? How have I never heard of this? Agatha Christie and drag are two of my most favorite things AND they’re being combined? I simply must see this!

  21. Lynn Elsdon October 6, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    Nothing like a great Theatrical Performance! I would love to attend!

  22. Aleks October 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    Count me in. I love comedy.

  23. Eli Gallegos October 8, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    This would make a cool date night!

  24. Eli Gallegos October 8, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    Sounds like a nice surprise for my partner if we win!

  25. Alex October 9, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    Because it sounds lovely

  26. Sam October 10, 2017 at 7:42 am #

    Pick me, pick me. Love murders mysteries and plays. What a perfect time, Halloween month.

  27. SK October 13, 2017 at 3:48 am #

    Could use an evening of laughter

  28. Kelly M October 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    What a wonderful way to spend an evening, actors playing actors and stagehands… would love these tickets.

  29. NM October 14, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

    Tradition to see a play during October – this sounds like a good one! We would like to keep the tradition alive!

  30. ashley October 18, 2017 at 11:02 am #

    Would love to see this!!!

  31. Sherrie S October 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    Looks like a fun one to see. My sister and I would really enjoy this.

  32. Tiffany L Loyd October 30, 2017 at 2:19 am #

    Trying to figure out something to do on Halloween and new to Portland again. I would have love to win this.

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