‘Dial M’ actors to stage preview reading

Kyle Walton and Liz Ladd rehearse a tense scene from the Oswego Players first show of their 75th season: “Dial M for Murder.” Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Kyle Walton and Liz Ladd rehearse a tense scene from the Oswego Players first show of their 75th season: “Dial M for Murder.” Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

The Oswego Players organization will kick-off its 75th season with the play that spawned the classic Hitchcock film, “Dial M for Murder,” penned by English Playwright, Frederick Knot.

It caught the interest of Alfred Hitchcock, who set about adapting the play to film with stars Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings.

Knot’s work often focused on women who innocently became the potential victims of sinister plots and “Dial M” is no exception.

Cary Grant had created the role of Tony on stage and was interested in doing the film, but was ultimately convinced that audiences would not accept him as a villain.

Director Troy Pepper’s cast includes Liz Ladd as the intended victim, Margot; Aaron Callahan as the plotting Tony; Kyle Cumby Walton as Max Holliday; Nathan Wescott as Captain Lesgate; and Michael Paul Callahan as the intrepid Inspector Hubbard.

Additionally, veteran actor Zane Leo portrays two characters (Thompson and O’Brien) with Julia Preston-Fulton a reporter.

There will be a preview reading and talk-back with the actors at River’s End Bookstore Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. The actors will be in costume and will perform scenes from the show.

Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Players’ box office at 343-5138.

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