Meet the cast of “The WCTH Mystery Series”: Erin Ellis loves bringing radio dramas to life

The Community Theatre of Howell’s popular “WCTH Mystery Series” continues on Sunday, April 11, with a performance of two radio-style mystery dramas: “Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Dead Adventuress” and “Ellery Queen: Mr. Short and Mr. Long.”

The audience will get to journey back in time to the golden age of radio, as the WCTH cast acts out the dramas. All performances take place at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell.

Admission is free for all shows. Masks must be worn in the audience and social distancing will be observed.

From now through Sunday, the Livingston Post will be introducing you to members of the “WCTH Mystery Series” cast.

Erin Ellis of Milford, who recently got engaged, is into swing dancing, spending time with friends and family, and wedding planning.

Erin Ellis

How did you first become involved with CTH? How many shows have you been involved with?

My mom’s friend knew I liked the stage and had suggested me to come audition for CTH’s radio play. I figured I would put myself out there and show off my different voices! Since then, I’ve been a part of at least five of WCTH’s shows in the past three years, and now I’m honored to announce that I’ll be performing in CTH’s “Love Machine”!

What are some favorite roles or theater experiences from the past, either with CTH or other groups?

Honestly, playing Gracie Allen was my favorite role so far! My counterpart George Burns and I would make each other laugh and improv throughout all our rehearsals. It was a hoot!

 What do you like most about being involved with CTH?

I don’t want to sound like everyone else and say they’re like family, but the truth of the matter is: they are! We are all supportive of each other no matter the role, and as long as we can make each other laugh, we’re having a good time. I have yet to have a rehearsal where everyone is dead-serious.

 Tell us about the WCTH Radio Hour shows and why you like these shows.

WCTH’s Radio Hour is something different to behold for the people who didn’t grow up with it, and something to smile and remember for those that did. What I love about these shows is that not only is it for everyone to enjoy, but us actors get to go back in time a little as if we were really recording these performances for the first time!

 What can the audience expect with these productions?

What’s new with WCTH this season is that we’re doing a first-ever continuous series, where we’ll have the same cast, same show, but now different episodes!

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