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Rehearsals for ‘Velda’ begin

Rehearsals for the Halifax County Little Theatre’s production of Ron Miller’s “Velda: Girl Detective” are proceeding like, well, gangbusters. 

The play will be the Halifax County Little Theatre’s summer offering in Constitution Park. 

In spite of the small venue, the play features a “great rogues gallery of off the wall mixed nuts,” according to Richard Reeves, who undertakes three different roles in the production. 

An unusual feature of the play is that each of the two acts is an entirely independent mystery. The first act is “The Naked Milkmaid,” a story about a painting stolen for a very strange reason. The second act is “Murder at the Follies,” in which Velda has to unravel the mystery behind the death of a young showgirl. 

The actors joining Richard on stage are Andy Rice, who plays Luigi Sporcolini, the shady owner of the Southwest East Side Gentlemen’s Athletic Club; Robin Thompson, who plays both elderly Miss Gherkin and a lascivious bellboy named Wilmer; Judith Miller as Miss Immaculata Spoolberg; Michael Freshour as Chip, Velda’s sometime boyfriend, and two other roles; Kaleigh D’Amato as the stripper, Fizzy Shakewell; Ricky Brogden, who plays Max Slotnik, the owner of Slotnik’s Follies, and Mr. Schmidt, the museum guard; Kara Stone as Lydia, a cute girl with a bad temper; and Woodson Hughes as Hasidic book merchant Mr. Kaplan and double-dyed villain Hector Skink. Last but hardly least is Jill Garrett, who plays Velda: Girl Detective. 

The play will be performed June 8 - 9 in Constitution Square. The park will open at 5 p.m. for concessions and picnicking. The shows will begin at 8:30. Admission is free.