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photo by Mrs. Betsy Darby

Trinity freshmen anxiously await the start of the performance.

Mrs. Betsy Darby, Contributing Writer

      Trinity teachers Ms. Betsy Darby, Ms. Shannon Barr and Ms. Jaclyn Bisig took their freshman English classes to Derby Dinner Playhouse to see “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie. The field trip was an extension of a larger reading unit on detective fiction.

      Darby said, “Detective fiction is high interest for all students. It keeps them engaged and continually turning the pages. They get to play detective right along with the story.” This play was no different. It kept students guessing until the moment Poirot revealed the murderers.

      Darby described the trip as “one of the many highlights from the semester.”

      During the intermission, Darby polled the freshmen on who they thought murdered Mr. Ratchet.  She said, “Many students pointed the finger at Princess Drogomiroff. Others believed that Colonel Arbuthnot was suspicious. They told me the boyfriend is always a suspect!”

      The students got quite a shock when Poirot finally revealed who did it and why. No one saw it coming.

      Following the show, the group ate shared boxed lunches in the Hollenbach and Eckerle courtyards on campus. “The weather was perfect,” Darby said. “Many students expressed what a fantastic day they had.”