A little anecdote about this episode.
This was actually one of the earliest episodes I recorded and mastered, and then set aside "in case of emergency" (I always like to have an episode or two up my sleeve to slip in if something goes awry with the scheduled episode).
When I was casting this, I didn't have half the actor pool I do now, so while I knew precisely who I wanted for Sir Simon (Cole Hornaday, one of my show's mainstays - fabulous actor), I had no one in mind for the "non-dead" roles.
So I went to Beverly, another one of my mainstay actors, and said "Here's a script, cast me all the living people out of your high school drama class." Having seen the last few productions they'd done, I knew she and her friends had a pretty high level of talent among them, and I trust Beverly's judgment.
One of her first questions (after chortling and shrieking "Ahh! The power!!!") was "is there an overwrought British male character?" and after getting my confirmation that the young Duke fit that, she grinned evilly and said "I know just who that will be..."
And so it went.
Since this episode, a number of these actors have reappeared in other productions, most notably, perhaps, Beverly and Lyndsey in Lonely at the Top, but also Michael in The Thrice Tolled Bell, and Ellen and Megan in Hallows Eve, among many smaller appearances.
And who says kids these days don't have anything to do?
--Julie Hoverson 19 Nocturne Boulevard
...and the Deadeye Kid
......and Fatal Girl
.........and Tone Didactic
............and Bingo the Birthday Clown