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Theater group at the Springwater Grange will read adaptation of Hitchock's 'The Trouble with Harry'

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Rob Guttridge, Jessie Guttridge, Tami Guttridge,  Vernon Souders and Kathleen Souders are joined by a well dressed mannequin in their readers theater production of The Trouble with Harry.

In the Springwater Players' latest endeavor, a body is buried — and dug up — several times.

A readers theater production of "The Trouble with Harry" is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Springwater Grange, 24591. S. Springwater Road. While admission is free, donations will be accepted and dessert will be available for purchase.

"The Trouble with Harry," written by novelist Jack Trevor Story in 1950 and adopted into a film by Alfred Hitchock five years later, follows the residents of a small town as they discover the dead body of a man named Harry and determine what to do next.

Springwater's cast includes Vernon Souders, Kathleen Souders, Tabitha Souders, Cortlan Souders, Rob Guttridge, Tami Guttridge, Jessie Guttridge and Peggy Hartwig. A mannequin dressed in a suit plays the deceased title character.

Those involved with the production think it's a fitting time to share this particular story.

"It's perfect because it's a fall story. It's written with the fall colors and change of seasons in mind," Vernon Souders said. "People will walk in from outdoors and know what (the scenery) looks like."

In spite of the serious subject matter, the play has a darkly comedic tone.

"It takes strangers, and all of a sudden they know each other very intimately," Vernon said, noting that much of the story's humor is found in the blunt nature of the characters.

The mystery of how Harry died is also present throughout the play.

"You don't know who did it until the very end," Tami Guttridge said.

During the show, the Springwater Players plan to have a photo of Alfred Hitchock in the grange — a nod to the director's cameos in his films.

This is the second time the Springwater Players have staged a readers theater production, which involves actors reading lines from a script. Last year, they read "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town."

If you go

What: Readers Theater production of "The Trouble

with Harry"

When: 7 p.m. Saturday,

Nov. 16

Where: Springwater Grange, 24591. S. Springwater Road

Cost: Donations accepted

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