Monday, November 7th, 2016 by Betsy Bishop
Ashland High School presents the delightful comical whodunit:
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop
November 2-13, 2016
Ashland High School Mountain Avenue Theatre proudly presents The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop for nine performances from November 2 through November 13. Directed by Michael J. Hume, veteran actor at OSF and director at SOU, this play is an ingenious and wildly witty whodunit that enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and off Broadway. A farcical escapade, it features non-stop hilarious moments as the cast of characters untangles the mystery of the infamous “Stage Door Slasher.” In a house designed with sliding panels, secret passageways, knives springing out of nowhere, and a maid who just seems to keep popping up everywhere, this diabolical mystery leaves you guessing ‘till the last laugh.
Not a musical, but a wild comic romp with mystery and a little music! “Murders” pokes fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz” and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday. The play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher.”
“John Bishop gives us a nakedly silly and relentlessly convoluted plot, with twist piled on twist till you have to give way and start laughing at the silliness…it’s hugely enjoyable.” —Village Voice.
Cast members are Zoe Lishinsky (Nikki), Tessa Buckley (Helsa), Sienna Ross (Elsa) Audrey Cirzan (Berniece), Cara Feldman (Marjorie), Nur Shelton (Eddie), Michael W. Burt (O’Reilly) Kyle Storie (Ken) Nicky Clary (Roger), and Will Ranson (Kelly). Understudies include Eliza Strong, Kate Jaques-Prentice, Sierra Milburn, Isaiah Brown, Sage Chitwood, Henry Alexander, Julia Tobrock, Grace Schroeder, Ari Albertson and Isaiah Brown.
Assisting director Hume on the creative team will be Laura Dana as costume designer with Sandy Phillips as the set designer. Jesse Pukerson is the tech director; Jesse is also the master carpenter. Bart Grady is the lighting designer. U. Jonathan Toppo is the fight coordinator and Liisa Ivary is the dialect coach. Holly Foster assisted with singing and Virginia Hudson designed the wigs. Stage Manager Christopher Jossy is assisted by Sierra Milburn and Cloe Sutherland as his ASMs.
Tickets are now on sale online at www.showtix4u.com or call +1 866 967 8167 and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $15; General $10; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $7. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Thurs. through Sat. Nov. 3-5 @7:30 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. May 11-13 @ 7:30 p.m. A special $7. preview show will be Wed. Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees will show Nov.6 and Nov.13 at 2 p.m.
For information call 541-482-8771; group sales call 541-840-6410
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