Heidelberg to stage mystery drama

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ this weekend

Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old autistic child, is extraordinarily intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. What happens when he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog?

Find out when the Heidelberg University School of Music & Theatre stages the mystery drama, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Thursday through Sunday in Gundlach Theatre.

As the mystery unfolds, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery of lies and truths uncovered and a journey that will change his life forever. Directed by Stephen Svoboda, assistant professor of theater at Heidelberg, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is based on the 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon.

Cast in the lead role of Christopher is transfer student James Ogle of Alabama. The cast also includes Amy Berger as Siobhan, Sam Stohlman as Ed Boone, Kenzie James as Judy Boone, Caira Goldstein as Mrs. Shears, Austin Buckhalter as Mr. Shears, Taylor Richardson as Mrs. Alexander, Hannah Schoen as Mrs. Gascoyne and Adam Robinson as Mr. Thompson. Filling out the cast are Pree Bryant, Joel Boardman, Nathan Colin and Emma Swain.

For the production, Svoboda has enlisted the expertise of two professionals to work with students, lighting designer Adam Ditzel from New York City and dialect coach Jennifer Burke of Miami, Florida, who was last at Heidelberg when she performed the one-woman show, “Belle of Amherst,” a year ago.

If you go …

Curtain times for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Reserve tickets at gundlachtheatre.org or call the theater box office at (419) 448-2305.