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Sterling College Theatre stages classic whodunit
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STERLING — Instead of a traditional musical for Homecoming this year, Sterling College Theatre will stage “An Inspector Calls” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17.  

The show, written by J.B. Priestley, is a classic, British whodunit set in the spring of 1912. A prosperous family is gathered to celebrate the engagement of their daughter when a mysterious Inspector, played by Jake Pieplow, a sophomore from Sterling, arrives to investigate the death of a young woman from a nearby town. The Inspector questions each family member, but none seem to know the woman. Over the course of the evening, the Inspector’s questions begin to reveal to each of them that they may be connected to the young woman’s life, and death, in ways they never would have imagined.  

The parents of the Birling family will be portrayed by freshman Joshua Morris from Hutchinson and junior Ava Brooks from Sterling. Their children, Sheila and Eric Birling, will be played by freshmen Cate Gutteridge of Wichita and Luke Harding of Sterling. Sheila’s fiancé, Gerald Croft, will be played by John Williams, a junior from St. Louis. Edna the maid will be played by Wichita freshman Kaitlyn Lumbert. Sterling College professor Stephen English is the director and set designer for the show.  

All performances of “An Inspector Calls” will take place in Culbertson Auditorium on the Sterling College campus. Social distancing and masks for audience members will be required. Tickets are available at the door or online through Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.