WESTMINSTER — Elaine Wheeler is seeing things -- or so everybody says.
But she insists that she has seen the dead body of a man in an abandoned tenement across from her Manhattan apartment.
Unfortunately, the police can't find a body or any evidence that there was a dead body in the building.
A body that isn't there is the premise for the Carroll Players' fall production of Lucille Fletcher's "Night Watch," to be performed the next three weekends at Frock's Sunnybrook Farm.
"It's a murder mystery with an exciting twist at the end," says director Kathleen Day. "It's a psychological thriller -- you don't know who's done what or to whom."
When Wheeler, played by Roberta Rooney, believes she sees another body, her husband, played by Paul Zimmerman, calls in a psychiatrist, portrayed by Rosanna Bryson. They recommend sending poor Elaine to a Swiss sanitarium.
Other characters are Wheeler's good friend, Blanche, played by Mary Lou Grout; a neighbor, played by Jim Naylor; and a nosy German maid, played by Kathryn Schnorr.
"All these other characters add tension to the show and are suspects," Day says. "It's a fun show with lots of suspense that will keep the audience on its toes."
The cast also includes Jack Gore and Demetrios Lambros as New York City policemen.
"Night Watch" is Day's directorial debut. Previously, she has acted with the Players in "No Sex Please, We're British" and with Theater on the Hill in "Nunsense" and "Wizard of Oz."
Assistant director is North Carroll High School senior Karleen Treppe, president of the school's Drama Club and Fool Proof Improvisational Theater member.
Several in the cast are familiar to local audiences. Rooney has performed with several acting groups and is speech and drama teacher at NCHS.
Zimmerman, a staff member of Fool Proof, has appeared in numerous Players productions.
Grout also has been seen on stage with various groups and directed the Players spring 1991 show. She is adrama teacher at Westminster High School.
Bryson, Gore and Naylorhave performed in previous Players shows. Schnorr, a high school theater teacher, and Lambros, a Western Maryland College theater major, are making their debuts with the Players.
Also making his debut will be Gene Frock, of Frock's Sunnybrook Farm, who has been host to Players productions for many years.
"He's going to play Mr. Hoke, a restaurant owner, in a small part," says Arnie Vandervalk, Players treasurer. "We thought it would be nice, after all these years of hosting the shows, to put him in one."
The dinner theater will run Friday and Saturday, then Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 24-26. The doors open at 5:45 p.m., with dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the show at 8:15 p.m., except for Sunday, Oct. 20, when dinner is at 2 p.m. and the show at 3:15 p.m.
The buffet dinner includes shrimp, roast beef and turkey. Tickets for the shows are $16, except for the Oct. 20 and 24 shows, which are $15. Group rebates also are available for 25 tickets or more.
Tickets should be purchased in advance, as they are not sold at the door. Tickets can be bought at Scharon's Black Eagle, the Treat Shop and Long's Florist in Finksburg and Hampstead, or by calling the Players at 876-2220.