‘Mutiny’ is a rollicking, high-seas adventure

‘Mutiny’ is a rollicking, high-seas adventureBy BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

It’s the 18th century. The crew of the Sea Witch has just plundered the Charleston Harbor and Cutlass Kate and her ilk are one step closer to their hunt for the fabled “Loot of 1,000 Ports.” I’m of course speaking of Master Mystery Productions’s latest project “Mutiny on the Sea Witch,” presented along with Ridgecrest Community Theatre Troupe which opens Friday, Nov. 9 at Old Town Theater.

Master Mystery Productions is headed by writer/director/producer Daniel Stallings and this is it’s 21st production and the first to partner with RCTT. This is only my second exposure to Stallings’s work as I was treated to a preview dress rehearsal of the show on Tuesday where the Sea Witch’s crew took me on a rollicking, swashbucklingly good time.

Cutless Kate (Devanne Fredette), also known as the Mad Maid and Katherine Landless, is on her search of the treasure to end all treasures – the Loot of 1,000 Ports. But her 12-year obsession has left the Sea Witch’s crew overworked and underfed. And “cries of mutiny on the air, there be.”

But which scallywag is responsible for suggesting such a detestable prospect? Is it the frustrated first mate Quick (Violette Hoff)? The ever-grouchy coxswain Pierce (Jonathan Blair)? Could it even be the seemingly loyal Moll Flint (Heather McGaha)? Or one of the Sea Witch’s other crew members?

As is usual with Stallings’s productions – determining “whodunit” is one of the audience’s tasks as they are taken on the Mad Maid’s voyage. A voyage that has her crew questioning whether Kate’s dream is inspired, or insane.

Fredette’s passionate and determined performance as Kate is punctuated by moments of humor from the ship’s cook Jaq (Kenny Hoff) and the ever-hungry talkative parrot Polly (Janis Kunz). McGaha is as intimidating as she seems dangerous as she portrays the pirate Flint.

In addition to being the first partnership with RCTT, “Mutiny” is Stallings’s first show to feature children in the cast. Evie Hoff (Suzie), Janelle Jerome (Brooklyn) and Elspeth Pomazal (Bridget), along with Elodea Pomazal and Bernadette Hoff, play a gang of young, imaginative little girls.

The group of friends serves as a framing device for the play as Suzie begins to tell the story of her great-great-great-great-great...great-great aunt Cutlass Kate.

The show has moments of comedy, drama and high-seas adventure that is sure to entertain. And children (and adults) will get the chance to tour the charming set of the Sea Witch after the show where they will have a chance to man the ship’s helm and raise the Jolly Roger.

Show dates are Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Old Town Theater, 215 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for children 12 and younger and are available at Red Rock Books or at the door. For questions or more information find Master Mystery Productions on Facebook.

Story First Published: 2018-11-09