Witness for the Prosecution — Judson Theatre Company

Witness for the Prosecution

Agatha Christie’s theatrical masterpiece comes to JTC! Leonard Vole is facing murder charges in the death of a rich older woman, Emily French, whom he has befriended. But he couldn’t have killed her — not if his alibi, that he was home with his wife at the time of the murder, is true. What really happened? Who is telling the truth? This criminally delicious drama of death and deceit keeps the audience guessing till the very last scene. A hit in London, on Broadway, in Billy Wilder’s 1957 film adaptation, and the 2016 BBC miniseries. See you in court!


All performances at Bradshaw Performing Arts Center

(the newly renovated Owens Auditorium) on the campus of Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Rd., Pinehurst

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm (opening night, early curtain)
Friday, November 22 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 pm (matinee)
Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 pm (matinee)


Meet the Cast


LISA BURTON (Dr. Wyatt, Police Surgeon) is thrilled to make her debut with Judson Theatre Company this season. Some of her more recent roles include Mrs. Pearse in My Fair Lady, Deedra in Always a Bridesmaid, various roles in It’s a Wonderful Life: the Radio Play, Eleanor Dunbar in Footloose, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, and Charity trio/Charwoman in the musical A Christmas Carol. In addition to theater, Lisa enjoys performing for film and television.

MADDIE CASTO (Greta) earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University. She is thrilled to be making her JTC debut. Originally from Westerville, Ohio, Maddie is now based in Charleston, SC. She has lived and performed all across the country including New York, Las Vegas, Florida, West Virginia, Nebraska, and more! New York Theatre: My Princess Diana and  A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Regional roles include: Eliza in The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, Janet in The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Mattie in August: Osage County, and Kate in All My Sons. Special thanks to the incredible Judson Theatre Company, my wonderful friends and family, the incredible Lea family, and Daniel. For you, Uncle P. 143.

James Cella

JAMES CELLA (Leonard Vole) – James is thrilled to be back at JTC after appearing as Juror #2 in Twelve Angry Men! James recently appeared in the National Tour of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. At Millbrook Playhouse he played Flotsam in The Little Mermaid and Franz in Rock of Ages.  Other favorites include Dial “M” For Murder (Tony Wendice) and The Wizard of Oz (Lion). James holds a BFA from NYU Tisch.  http://www.jamescella.com/

LIZZIE KING-HALL* (Romaine Vale – The Accused’s Wife) is delighted to make her Judson Theatre debut. New York highlights: The Flea, M-32, Fiasco Theater, Two-Headed Rep. Regional: Asolo Rep, Trinity Rep, Illinois Shakespeare Fest, Living Room Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Co. TV: Bull, Alternatino. Proud Brown/Trinity grad and Equity member. lizziekinghall.com


TIM GARNER (Mr. Myers – The Prosecutor) From New Zealand, Tim holds a BA (Honors, First class) in Musical Theatre from Singapore’s LaSalle College under the leadership of Tony McGill. He is thrilled to be back at JTC after appearances in The Sunshine Boys and And Then There Were None. Other recent performances include Sam in Mamma Mia, Billy in 42nd Street, Tom Thumb in Barnum, Professor in South PacificMordred in Camelot, Boris in Can-Can, Mike in Wait Until Dark, Gilmer in Mockingbird, Bazzard in Drood, and Chicago. In New Zealand: The Full MontyFiddler, The Secret Garden, Big River, Little Shop, AnnieJoseph, The Pirates of Penzance, OliverGuys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde, Copacabana, Sweeney Todd, and Anything Goes. In Singapore: Urinetown, Lucky Stiff, NineSweet Charity, Spelling Bee, Jacques BrelFrog And ToadCompany, and The 39 Steps. In France: The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers. As a solo producer, Tim presented the Singapore premieres of Take Me Out (playing Kippy) and The Boys in the Band (playing Michael). Tim extends his thanks to the entire team! Twitter: @broadwaykiwi Instagram: timmy_garner

RICK McDERMOTT (Lord Justice Wainwright – The Judge) is fairly new to beautiful Moore County. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, he attended Boston University School of Theater Arts as an acting major and was involved in local theaters in the Boston area for many years. Rick is also one of the founding members of the Mission Hill Thea-ter Group. Rick played Juror #9 in JTC’s Twelve Angry Men in 2016, General MacKenzie in And Then There Were None and the Patient in The Sunshine Boys in 2017, and Anagnos and the Doctor in The Miracle Worker last year. He is delighted to be back for his fifth JTC production.

MATTHEW TYLER  (Mr. Mayhew – A Solicitor)  Matthew is a New York based actor who works in stage, TV and film.  A California native he graduated from NYU with a BFA in acting.  Most recently he could be seen as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.  Past roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Orin Dennis in Children of a Lesser God, and Ralph Clark in Our Country’s Good.  He can also be seen as J.D. in The Sex Movie.  Love and thanks to J.

IAN WATSON (Carter) is excited to be acting in his first production with Judson Theatre Company. Ian is currently the theater teacher at the O’Neal School, and he has directed shows such as Evan Placey’s Holloway Jones and Lionel Bart’s Oliver! In the fall he will be directing Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves for O’Neal, as well as Rent for Imagine Youth Theater. Prior to moving to the Sandhills region, he was also a theater faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where he worked professionally as a director, dramaturg, and sound designer. Ian received his Master’s of Fine Arts in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Bachelor’s from the University of Virginia.






*member, Actors’ Equity Association