Junior Dewey Fletcher Eagerly Takes on 9 Roles in November Musical Comedy

 Dewey Fletcher, a junior in communications, plays nine roles in State’s musical comedy, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which is scheduled from Nov. 20-23 at John W. Davis Fine Arts Center in the Fannin S. Belcher Theater. The shows start at 7:30 p.m.

“I’m very excited,” Fletcher said. “It’s a great show for us to do, and it’s something that no one has done around here before. No one has done ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ within the state.”

Originally, Dewey, 20, was cast to play Zoser in “Aida,” but the show was canceled.

Dewey Fletcher

Susan Marrash-Minnerly, director of the production, announced the replacement for “Aida.” Actors who were going to be in “Aida” are taking part in the new production. Dewey was given the role to play the D’Ysquith family.

“I love it. This is something I’ve been wanting for a very long time, ever since I discovered the show,” Fletcher said. “It’s something that I would love to tackle just because I can tackle … nine characters within the entire show. How often does an opportunity like that come by?”

In “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” Monty writes his memoirs about how to properly murder people while still showing love and family drama. It’s about a man who wants to be the next earl in line, however, can’t because he’s too far away from the lineage, Fletcher said.

Fletcher said getting into the heads of one character and quickly changing costumes and becoming another character will be a challenging process. He will have to repeat the process seven more times with hardly any breaks in-between, he said, and remain on his feet through the whole show.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do, from testing my skill as a performer to testing my skill as an actor, and it’s great. It’s a great experience for me,” he said.

“It’s funny, and it’s so over the top,” he said. “It’s in two months, and I’m anxious yet really excited for this show to happen.”

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