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‘The Mystery of Giles Nerfff’ Returns

Steven Young

Button, the court clerk (Cathy Jones), lays claim to another scalp for the judge’s collection of “flimsy arguments and ugly ties” from a chagrined district attorney Archer Trueshaft (Paul Hauck) in “The Mystery of Giles Nerfff,” returning to the Lake Wildwood stage Halloween weekend.

If you missed it the first time — or if you saw it and loved it so much you just have to see it again — this is your chance.

Lake Wildwood Little Theatre’s smash hit ‘60s karaoke jukebox musical whodunnit, “The Mystery of Giles Nerfff,” is set for a return engagement opening Thursday, Oct. 31, with additional performances Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2.

When the U.C. Berkeley Class of 1968 came together for their 50th reunion last fall, it seems that murder was done. Now, in a chaotic courtroom comedy laced with live performances of the ‘60s pop and rock hits we all know by heart, the addled alums gather again to figure out whodunnit.

The cast includes veteran Wildwood singer and actor Cap Wallington as Jonny Rocker, would-be music idol and sometime boyfriend of the accused. Grass Valley’s Robert Rossman, well-known to local theatre-goers for his work with Sierra Stages, soars as space-cadet Bobby Stoner. Vicki Young positively purrs as millionairess Candy Fairchild, while Judy Armstrong mixes up plenty of trouble as radical feminist-chemist Emily Beaker.

The accused is alluring, mysterious Sondra Bouffant, portrayed by longtime Wildwood singer-actress Laurie Jo Guastavino, and her attorney is the sweet but savvy Merry Payson, played by Chris Megenity. Local stage favorite Paul Hauck appears as district attorney Archer Trueshaft.

Theatre Club elder statesman Elmer Fairbanks returns for a star turn as a county coroner with a unique view of his “patients.” And the victim? That would be tech billionaire and unlikely lover Giles Nerfff, played by Jeff Davis.

When this welter of wackos convenes in the courtroom of the bibulous, bossy Judge Judy Judderwitz, played by Pam Bazzani, and Button, the frazzled clerk of the court, played by Wildwood livewire Cathy Jones, everyone’s as likely to burst into song (and dance) as they are to sort out the facts.

All seats are reserved at $25. Tickets go on sale in early October at http://www.brownpapertickets.com. All performances, in the Cedar Room at Lake Wildwood’s Oaks Clubhouse, begin at 7 p.m. The house, with cash bar, opens at 6. For more details on the show, Lake Wildwood residents may visit: lwwa.org.

Advisory: This show includes adult humor with references to sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.

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