There were a couple of “Whodunits” at Lakewood Playhouse last Saturday night, September 8; the first one was the fine production of Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.” The second took place sometime after that performance closed its doors and the next morning when the box office reopened.
The second mystery is not one Christie’s Hercule Poirot nor her Miss Marple will be able to solve; this one will be handled by the Lakewood Police Department.
When Scott Campbell, Assistant Managing Director, and box office personnel Tani Wright opened the Lakewood Playhouse at noon Sunday to prepare for the 2 p.m. matinee, they found that someone unknown, unauthorized and uninvited had been there before them.
“The office was in shambles,” Campbell explained. He said the first thing the two noticed was that the computer which lives on box office desk was missing.
“We don’t think anything else of value was taken,” Campbell said. He explained it could have been worse. That there was no personal information on the computer; that all the ticket sales information including any patron’s credit card information was definitely not on the computer. “The only thing they got was the box,” Campbell concluded.
After cleaning the debris from the floor and ascertaining that the set had not been touched, the two theatre personnel found the reservations list on a different computer the thieves thought too outmoded to be of interest and proceeded to hand write the tickets for the day’s show.
It appears the thieves forced open the north side door to the theatre, went directly into the lobby and started looking for anything of value. Fortunately for the theatre, there is very little of value in the small playhouse.
“Our value is our finished product we present to our audiences,” said Managing Artistic Director Marcus Walker.
Walker added that if anyone has any information about the break-in which leads to apprehending the culprit, The Lakewood Playhouse will gladly reward them with a flex pass good to see each of this season’s productions.
If anyone has any information about this matter, please contact The Lakewood Playhouse at (253) 588-0042 or call the Lakewood Police Department.
In the meantime, in the fine old tradition, the show goes on.
Submitted by Lynn Geyer