GC Christian Academy staging a mysterious journey down the Nile

Mar. 11—GROVE CITY — A tale of murder and romance will come to Grove City Christian Academy as this year's school play will be "Death on the Nile," a story written by Agatha Christie.

The play follows a rich lady named Kay Mostyn as she marries a much poorer lover named Simon. The two go on a cruise honeymoon together when they realize Simon's crazy ex-lover Jackie de Severac is on the cruise. A murder occurs on the boat, and a local priest named Dr. Bessner has to help solve the case.

"I really enjoy the mystery about it all," Dylan Nichols, who plays Kay, said. "I have never really acted in anything like this before. The mystery setting and the role are new to me ,so it's fun to learn."

Nichols is a junior acting in her second play at the academy, though she has acted in many plays outside of school.

While Nicols has plenty of experience, her co-star in Levi Brooks, who plays Simon, is new to the acting world.

"My friends brought me out here to try it. It's definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, but I've been enjoying it so far," Brooks said. "It may be something I give another shot to after this one."

One of the friends who brought Brooks is sophomore Lily Hasenplug, who plays Jackie.

"I love the cast here, they all feel like a big family to me," Hasenplug said. "I love performing, I love being able to go on a stage and be dramatic."

The play will be directed by Ross Kucks and Faith Fedor, with Abbi Maffet as a student director. It features 13 students performing. It is the school's ninth play.

The play will run on March 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. for $8 for adults and $5 for students, plus a matinee at 2 p.m. on the 23 for $5 for everyone. Tickets can be bought at the door or online at