‘Musical Comedy Murders’ Opens Theatrical Season

Cast set, production runs October 10-13

Take a failed Broadway production, murdered chorus girls, a rich matron's mansion with secret passageways and swiveling bookcases, and aand a murderer on the loose and one has all the makings of "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940."

The John Bishop play opens the 2013-14 theatre arts season in Central Methodist University's Little Theatre. The production runs Thursday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 13; curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

In "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher," assembles in a wealthy prospective backer's mansion to present their newest show.

The home is 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. The mysterious "Slasher" reappears and strikes again and again, a blizzard cuts off any hope for retreat, masked figures drag off victims, and accusing fingers point in all directions.

However, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the "Slasher" unmasked – but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time.

Members of the cast include Abigail Bostic (senior theatre arts major from Oakville), Jon Connor (sophomore theatre arts major from Gravois Mills), Paul Davis (freshman English and theatre arts major from Hannibal), Kelsey Forqueran (junior communication studies major from Malta Bend), Parker Johnson (freshman computer science major from Richmond),

Kate Kellner (senior English and theatre arts major from Strafford), Katie Roberts (freshman business and theatre arts major from Wildwood), Kelson Rosbach (junior theatre arts major from Hallsville), Eileen Stacy (senior sociology major from Ashland), and Roger Weaver (junior philosophy major from Overland Park, Kan.).

Mark Kelty, CMU associate professor of theatre arts, directs the 10-member cast. Lyndsey Phillips, a freshman pre-education student from Bloomsdale, is the stage manager. General admission is $8; CMU faculty and staff, $5; and student tickets are $2.


Posted September 19, 2013