MHS drama set to take stage
MANISTIQUE – Manistique High School Drama will soon present its first murder mystery in more than a decade – “Rehearsal for Murder” – a D. D. Brooke adaptation of the teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link. The play will take place Nov 29, 30 and Dec. 1 in the Marvin Frederickson Auditorium of Manistique Middle/High School.
The plot begins with playwright Alex Dennison setting up a theatre for a read-through of his new play. When his producer, director, and actors arrive, they soon find the script is merely a tool to prove that his fiancée Monica’s death a year before was, in fact, a murder – and that one of them is the murderer.
The cast features Joe Block in the lead role of Alex Dennison. This is Joe’s sixth production with high school drama; he began in eighth grade in “Cyrano” and played various supporting roles in “The Wizard of Oz”, “Anne of Green Gables”, and “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. His most recent role was New York gangster Mugsy in last spring’s musical “Give My Regards to Broadway”.
Sabrina Wing, a long-time participant in K-dance and Curtis’s “Follywood”, plays Alex’s fiancée Monica Welles. Senior Lily Boudreau, who also performed in “Anne of Green Gables”, plays the producer Bella Lamb.
Robert Ayotte will appear as the director Lloyd Andrews; he has previously played in “The Wizard of Oz” and “Give My Regards to Broadway”.
The actors are played by PJ Birr, Sami Walters, and Victoria Bosen. Linnea Peterson, Genna Rice, Shelbey Saffer, Mandy Swayer, Emily Weber, and Theresa Weber round out the cast.
Produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill., performances will take place at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admittance is $7 for adults and $4 for students.