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GFU troupe will perform its fall musical, 'The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder,' beginning Thursday in Wood-Mar Theater

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - 'Miss Barley,' portrayed by Molly Cox, and 'Asquith Jr.,' in a role comprised by Reid Arthur, share a dance during rehearsals for 'The Gentlemen's Guide to Love an Murder." George Fox's fall musical debuts Thursday.

An impoverished man's quest to ascend to aristocracy is the theme for the fall musical at George Fox University.

The troupe will perform "The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," based on a book and lyrics written by Robert Freedman, in a run of dates that begins Thursday.

The play, according to a press release, tells the story of Monty Navarro, who upon discovering he is eighth in line to become the Earl of Highhurst, plots to rid the world of the seven men keeping him from his rightful station. After witnessing the not-so-accidental death of the seventh in line to the throne, Navarro hatches a plan to knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught.

"Musical comedies invite us to laugh at ourselves, our society and our collective idiosyncrasies, both the good and the bad," Rhett Luedtke, the play's director and professor of theater at George Fox, said in a press release. "And 'The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' certainly makes me laugh. I love this show because it allows me to laugh openly and outrageously at human folly while asking me to reflect on my own laughter. In short, sometimes comedy heals our souls and sometimes it pricks our conscience. The best comedies do both."

Monty Navarro will be played by Luke Peters and Reid Arthur will represent The D'ysquith Family. Cast in the part of Phoebe is Hope Bellinger, while Anna Coon will comprise the role of Sibella and Johnathan Billington is identified as Man #3 in the cast. Matt Edwards is Man #2, Shanon Keehn portrays Miss Shingle, Karyn Lucke is Woman #2, Karsten Montgomery is Man #1 and Chehala Valdez is Woman #1. All are theater majors at the university.

The play runs Thursday through Sunday and again Oct. 24-27, all with 7:30 p.m. shows except for two 2 p.m. Sunday matinee performances on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $10 for seniors and GFU alumni and $8 for students and children under age 12. They may be purchased online at; at the university box office, located in the Bruin store, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; or in the lobby box office one hour prior to each performance.

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