Dec. 7 2011 12:00 AM

A familiar carol turns into a film-noir-style mystery


A legendary carol gets a rewrite in  Riverwalk Theatre’s “The Five Golden Rings,” which bows on the main stage Saturday.


Set at a 1950s radio station, the original play by Ann
Kettering Sincox is a whimsical illustration of the complicated carol,
with the cast providing the accompanying sound effects and music that
help recreate the broadcasts of the era.


The twist: The entire song is told as a spoof of film-noir whodunits like “The Maltese Falcon.” 


 “It’s very
clever and very chaotic (and) we wanted it to be very fast-paced in
keeping with the flow of the song,” said Mara McGill, who is making her
co-directorial debut alongside 10-year Riverwalk holiday show veteran
Eve Davidson.


Private detective Pete Partridge (Bob Murrell) is
enlisted by a couple known as the Turtledoves to find the missing
titular treasures.


Along the way, the audience encounters all the familiar
faces from the song from the “Six Geese-a-Laying” — re-imagined here as
the bricklaying Geese Brothers — and a group of plumbers a la the
“pipers piping.”


‘The Five Golden Rings: A Christmas Radio Show Whodunit’


Riverwalk Theatre


228 Museum Drive, Lansing


8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11


$15 adults; $7 children under 16


(517) 482-5700


www.riverwalktheatre.com

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