GREENFIELD — An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house.
So begins the Agatha Christie twister, “A Murder is Announced,” to be presented at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 24 and 25, and March 31 and April 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center, 4800 S. 60th St.
A murder mystery was chosen this time to stretch the student actors as well as to please the audience, said Greenfield High School English and theater teacher Kelsy Hribar, who is directing her first show at the school.
“They have done a lot of farce and more whimsical shows in the last couple years,” she said.
This show not only challenges the actors, but will keep the audience guessing right to the end, she said.
The victim is not one of several occupants of the house, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. Hribar describes the play as a puzzle of mixed motives and concealed identities.
Miss Marple, one of Agatha Christie’s favorite sleuths, will be in on the dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.
“There are so many twists and turns to the plot line,” Hribar said. The audience should pay particular attention to one specific scene, but she doesn’t let on which one. The cast rehearsed that scene meticulously, she said.
This play is unusual in that it is particularly student-driven, Hribar said.
“The student director has done a phenomenal job,” she said, with the voices, characters and attitudes of the characters in the play. The student stage manager and assistant stage manager also have had considerable input, she said.
“The kids have really made this their production,” Hribar said.
There will be two casts for the main characters in this show.
Julia Simmons will be played by Danielle Hoffman and by Audrey Beauchamp. Miss Marple will be played by Carley Haakenson and Delaney Fielders. Mrs Swettenham will be played by Julia Olson and by Kaitlyn Hein. Finally, Rudi Scherez and Inspector Craddock will be portrayed by Jacob Herr and by Eric Effinger.
Also in the cast as Letitia Blacklock is Ashleigh Wenzel; as Dora “Bunny” Bunner is Emily Duernberger; as Patrick Simmons is Sam Behling; as Mitzi is Anneliese Ward; as Phillipa Haymes is Karina Polacek; as Edmund Swettenham is Corbin Heisel;and as Sergeant Mellors is Miguel Graber. The understudy for Bunny and Mitzi is Jenna Bednar.
The technical director is Lynn Ludwig. The student director is Kelsie Barlow, a junior. The stage manager is Starlyn Howard, a sophomore, and the assistant stage manager is Andrea Hernandez, a junior.
Admission will be $5. The show was adapted from the Agatha Christie novel by Leslie Darbon. More information is available at 414-281-6200, ext. 2523. Special accommodation requests also can be made at that number.