CHS drama puts on MURDER MYSTERY performances & haunted lobby for Halloween Oct. 29 – Oct. 31

(Cody, Wyo.) —The Cody High School drama club is proud to announce their upcoming production of MURDER MYSTERY at the MURDER MYSTERY. Performances will take place Thursday, October 29, Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 at 7 p.m. Admission is free with donations encouraged. In addition to the performance, attendees will have the opportunity to enter the Wynona Thompson Auditorium through a HAUNTED LOBBY.

MURDER MYSTERY at the MURDER MYSTERY challenges both the mind and the metaphysical. The play takes place at The Murder Mystery Playhouse, where the actors are rehearsing a new show, Putting a Little English On It. It’s a not-so-good attempt at a British murder mystery, complete with cheesy dramatic music and British accents. As expected at the final dress rehearsal, the lights go out and a character dies onstage — only this murder wasn’t in the script! The authorities are quickly called, and soon the company finds themselves replaying the death scene. When yet another person dies at the end of the scene, the cast finds themselves replaying the same scene over and over for other investigators, a theatre critic and even the playwright himself! But every time they get to the end of the scene, someone else ends up with a fire poker in the chest. The actors are left scratching their heads at the strange circumstances and also worried that they could be next. It all culminates in a wild surprise ending in which the actors must work together to defeat the murderer before the murderer gets them all.

(h/t Bethany Sandvik)

(h/t Bethany Sandvik)

“The play is really clever, and a lot of fun,” notes CHS Drama Coach, Bethany Sandvik. “I’ve been thinking about doing a murder mystery for a while now, and this one had me laughing out loud when I read it.”

In addition to the play, the CHS drama club will be building a HAUNTED LOBBY for theatre-goers to enter into the Wynona Thompson Auditorium. The lobby will be set up like a traditional haunted house on a smaller scale. Expect ghosts, witches, zombies and some heart racing fright. There will also be some Ninjas popping up in the lobby, the audience and even the parking lot. For those who like a little less “scare” in their Halloween, there will be alternate entrances into the performance.

Written by Brian D. Taylor, MURDER MYSTERY at the MURDER MYSTERY has been performed at high schools and middle schools across the country, but this is its first Wyoming production. The show features Seniors Madison Reeder as Mrs. Polk/Holly, Bethany Good as Ms. Polly/Scarlett, Jessica Holliday as Gertrude Polk/Sandy, Camille Walton as the Maid/Misty, Jessaray Vipperman as Inspector Wright and Ian Shwartz as Inspector Fuller. Other cast members are: Garrett Winkler as Mr. Black/Tom, Ben Wambeke as Inspector Bradshaw/Gary, Elisha Smith as Erica, Ethan Walton as Brett, Kirsten Hull as Susan, Mary Rudolph as Adele Sears, Mick Winslow as Brain D. Taylor and Cody Beckett as Ethel Banks. In addition, a special guest appearance is made by CHS Drama Club alumni, Barrett Nordberg who is playing the role of Mr. Polk/Richard.

Other students involved in Drama Club this fall include: Jessica Wiegand (Production Stage Manager & Assistant Director), Lucile Sax, Emma Heydenberk, Claire Ellie Wooden, Steffy George, Josie Mickleson, Dierdre Trask, Joe Cross, Rebecca Field, Trisha Tamblyn, Marissa Kalb, Liz Baldwin, Ruby Woods, Sierra Burke, Emmie Baker, Courtney McVey, Bryony Humphries-Wadsworth, and Alex Livingston.

CHS Drama Club performances are always “pay-what-you-can.” Donations taken at the performance support Drama Club activities, State Drama, the annual spring musical. MURDER MYSTERY at the MURDER MYSTERY will be performed Thursday – Saturday, October 29 – 31 at 7 pm in the Wynona Thompson Auditorium. HAUNTED LOBBY opens at 6 pm.

For more information, contact Bethany Sandvik at 216.509.4013 or bethanysandvik@gmail.com.