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UC presents “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” production


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) theatre produced their spring musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” based on the unfinished mystery by Charles Dickens. The show is to have seven performances total over two weeks. The show opened on Feb. 20 and will conclude March 1, including two convocation credit nights for students on the Thursday performances.

The most unique part of the play is that the audience chooses the ending. Since Dickens died before he wrote his ending, it left a possible 24 ways the play could end. The cast had to learn all 24 endings in order to be prepared for what each night’s audience chose.

“It was intimidating at first, but the cast was excited and wanted to rise to the challenge,” Dr. Kim Miller, theatre director, said about the cast learning the musical.

The cast and directors pulled this production together in a matter of several weeks and dedicated countless hours to it. Everyone in the cast had their lines, musical numbers, choreography, and every possible ending to learn in a matter of weeks.

“I don’t think we completely learned it until a just a short while ago,” Jillian Carpenter, principle cast member, said.

The play is extremely interactive with the audience. Members of the ensemble often come out into the audience to incorporate them and include them in their production. The cast also votes for the ending and explains how voting will work.

“I appreciate everyone’s hard work and I hope that the audience comes and gets into the show,” Dr. Miller said.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

Article Provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant