Acting Can Be Murder on local drama production

By Heidi Zemach –

Sebastian Kratz and Robin McKnight, in costume, greet audience following first performance of "Acting Can Be Murder." Heidi Zemach photo.

Sebastian Kratz and Robin McKnight, in costume, greet audience following first performance of “Acting Can Be Murder.” Heidi Zemach photo.

Seward High School drama class debuted “Acting Can Be Murder,” the annual fall play Tuesday, December 3rd. There will be two more performances, tonight (Wednesday) December 4th, and Thursday, December 5th.

A cast of 14 students worked very hard on this full length, 2 hour play, directed by Dan Marshall, with technical direction by Mark Techenbrock, and costumes and makeup by Nikki Berry.

 

The play is darker than most Seward High School productions perhaps-but still a comedy, filled with double-meanings and misunderstandings, that gets many laughs throughout.

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Robin McKnight stars as Dolores Gordon, the understudy—and murderer, and as a result, also the star of the murder mystery that her local community theater is getting ready to perform. Dolores dreams of stardom, but never gets a role so she kills the lead actress, Guinevere Black, and stuffs her body into a large wooden trunk that is, incidentally, the centerpiece of the production’s set.

Dolores is convinced that everybody in this mysteriously dysfunctional cast knows about it, and is talking about it secretly, which drives her nearly insane, so she decides to open the chest—and realizes that the body has been stolen—yet who took it?

Jack Broughton, Brandon Moore and Sebastian Kratz pose for a photograph after the play's debut Tuesday night. Heidi Zemach photo.

Jack Broughton, Matthew Moore and Sebastian Kratz pose for a photograph after the play’s debut Tuesday night. Heidi Zemach photo.

And is that really Guinevere herself peering through the French doors of the set when no one but Dolores is looking? Find out the answers when you watch this well-performed murder mystery comedy that spoofs Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock, and builds slowly to a dramatic conclusion.

The high school ski team provided delicious refreshments during the intermission as a fundraiser.

A warning—since much of the play is talk, and sight gags are few, young children probably won’t be able to sit through it.

One Comment

  1. Another fabulous performance by the high school drama class! Congratulations to all! Don’t miss it!

    Carol Griswold

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