Nelsen play

The show will go on at Central Methodist University’s Little Theatre this year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first play of the season, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, will be performed from Oct. 8 to Oct.11.

Emilee Nelsen, of Troy, will be part of the play’s crew in the role(s) of costumes.

The musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, and music by Steven Lutvak, tells the tale of Monty Navarro, the black sheep of the D’Ysquith family, who finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom and decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way.

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Kelty, professor of theatre, this year’s plays will be rehearsed, produced and performed in new ways with the safety of all involved at the forefront. One of the biggest changes is that the performances will be live-streamed online, rather than staged in front of a live audience at the Little Theatre. More details on where to find the stream will be released closer to the show’s opening night.

Since its founding in 1854, CMU has evolved into a university that confers master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees through programming on its main campus in Fayette, and through extension sites and online.