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Poster for "A Murder is Announced"
Poster for "A Murder is Announced"
TitlePoster for "A Murder is Announced"
Date of Original2002
DescriptionThe poster for the Bismarck State College theatrical production of "A Murder is Announced." The poster is made to look like an old newspaper and has information on the production. It has one illustration in the middle of the poster. The illustration appears to be of a house. The poster also has information on the time, place, and cost of the show.
General SubjectColleges and universities
Subject (LCTGM)Theatrical posters
Theatrical productions
Personal NameChristie, Agatha, 1890-1976
Organization NameSidney J. Lee Auditorium (Bismarck, N.D.)
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Item NumberBS-90
Format of OriginalPosters
Publisher of OriginalBismarck State College
Place of PublicationBismarck (N.D.)
Transcription"Chipping Cleghorn Gazette"
"Established 1820; Friday, October 13, 1948; Bismarck State College"
"A Murder is Announced"
"Murder mystery by Agatha Christie to be presented by Bismarck State College in the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium at 8 p.m., November 6-9, 2002."
"Is there such a thing as a bad Agatha Christie mystery? Not to my knowledge. There are, varying degrees of excellence. And, Christie masterpiece, A Murder is Announced, is definitely one of her best works. In this charming Miss Marple mystery, Christie starts the story on a slightly unusual footing. Rather than the murder just occurring, the murder is, well, announced. The mystery begins with various residents of Chipping Cleghorn reading an advertisement in the personal column of the Gazette that reads, "A murder is announced, and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m." Many of the paper's readers understandably took this 'invitation' as a hoax. Many more however, viewed it as a real invitation, but one to a murder-mystery party. The type of party where the guests are tasked with discovering 'who done it' over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. They quickly discover that the invitation is all to real when a real murder occurs, complete with a rapidly cooling corpse."
"Murder Mystery adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon."
Under the illustration - "Little Paddocks, the site of the proposed 6:30 p.m. murder in Chipping Cleghorn, as announced in the Gazette's classified section."
"The Author."
"Mystery and murder made Agatha Christie a world renowned writer She is considered the "Queen of Crime." though her preferred title was "Duchess of Death." Only the Bible and Shakespeare have out-sold this prolific British author. Her talents were not limited to the mystery genre--under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, she wrote six psychological romances."
"Agatha Christie was born Agatha May Clarissa Miller, in Torquay, in the county of Devon, England. She was the daughter of an American, Frederick Alvah Miller, and Clarissa Miller. Christie's early education was at home, where she was encouraged to write. At the age of 16, she studied singing and piano in Paris. Stage fright curtailed her career in music, but led her to a life as a writer. In 1914, Agatha Miller married Archibald Christie, an officer in the Flying Royal Corps; their daughter, Rosalind, was born in 1919."
"During World War I, Christie worked in a Red Cross Hospital, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons (one of her preferred means of murder). Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)--introducing Hercule Poirot--was based partly on her nursing experience. Archie Christie left Agatha for a younger woman in 1926. In the same year Christie's beloved mother died. Agatha Christie's subsequent disappearance--a headline story around the world--added to her mystique."
In 1930, two years after her divorce was finalized, Christie married the archaeologist Max Mallowan. Her travels with him on his excavations of sites in Syria and Iraq were refleced in the exotic settings of her new novels, Murder in Mesopotamia (1936) and Death on the Nile (1937)."
"In 1971, Agatha Christie achieved Britian's highest honor, Order of Dame Commander of the British Empire. Lady Mallowan died on January 12, 1976, in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, but Agatha Christie lives on."
"BSC Box Office 224-5511."
"Reserved Seat Tickets are $5."
"Students Free with ID."
Repository InstitutionBismarck State College Library Archives
Credit LineBismarck State College Library Archives (BS-90)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to Bismarck State College Library Archives.
Ordering InformationBismarck State College Library Archives Attn: Carolyn Twingley 1500 Edwards Avenue Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 224-5503
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmBS90
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