In 2015, the New College Students’ Association (NCSA) staged it’s 5th musical production since the inaugural production of The Pirates of Penzance in 2006. It is a testimony to the success of these productions that the NCSA is now putting on a musical every second year since 2009. This year, the directors, Sam Kellahan and Lauren Sullivan, and producers, Madeline Hopkins and Scarlett Stemler, worked with a dedicated cast and crew to entertain audiences with the comedic murder mystery, Lucky Stiff, across three performances from May 7th-9th.
Lucky Stiff was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and based on the novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman, Harry Witherspoon, who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle, on an all-expenses-paid vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit six million dollars. Watching his every move is Annabel Glick, representative of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, and his uncle’s gun-toting ex, Rita Laporta, who both stand to inherit his uncle’s fortune should he fail.
The offbeat, yet hilarious story was brought to life by the talented cast of collegians starring Ryan Milham as Harry Witherspoon, and Hayley Mallinder as Annabel Glick in the lead male and female roles. The cast worked with vocal managers, Simon Grace and Tash Atkins, and were accompanied by a 12 piece band ensemble, lead by John Raineri and Dom Bower.