WWU to perform 'The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940'
|1/30/2012||Mary Ann Beahon|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||(573) 592-1127|
The title of the next theatrical production by William Woods University is somewhat of a misnomer. "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" is not a musical, but is certainly a mystery and a comedy.
A backers' audition for a new musical turns deadly, with plenty of confusing murders and knotty plots to unravel, in John Bishop's comedic thriller. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 24, and 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 in Dulany Auditorium.
The action takes place on the Westchester estate of Elsa Von Grossenknueten in a mansion replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people"”all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous " Stage Door Slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again"”and again.
A classic who-dun-it murder with a farcical twist, the plot journeys through an hilarious overload of twists and turns resolved by final unmasking of the "Stage Door Slasher."
WWU student cast members are Jen Steindorf of San Diego, Calif., as Helsa Wenzel; Kayla Jo Pulliam of Bloomington, Ill. as Elsa Von Grossenkneuten; Stephen Chamineak of Hazelwood, Mo., as Michael Kelly; T.J. Green of Brandon, Miss. as Patrick O'Reilly; Drew Arnett of Columbia, Mo., as Ken De La Maize; Bailey Campanini of Camdenton, Mo., as Nikki Crandall; Nick Hoover of Kingdom City, Mo., as Eddie McCuen; Maggie Hunter of Columbia, Mo., as Marjorie Baverstock; Jason Cavallone of Chicago, Ill., as Roger Hopewell; Paige Runge of St. Louis, Mo., as Bernice Roth.
The production will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer. The late Dan Springer designed the set. Jane Friedman will provide the costume design.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (62+) and children 6-12, and $8 for WWU faculty, staff and students. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. The box office opens Feb. 6.