DeKalb Middle School Staging Murder-Mystery Comedy

posted Mar 27, 2014, 5:39 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 5:40 AM ]


Corbin Newhard, left, plays the roles of Dirk and Kirk Carlton and Austin Osterhout, right, plays the role of Johann Vanderveer in the DeKalb Middle School production of “Oh Horrors! It’s Murder,” which will be staged this weekend.

WATERLOO — The audience will be invited to interrogate and accuse suspects during DeKalb Middle School’s production of “Oh Horrors! It’s Murder!” this weekend.

Performances will be Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $6 in advance or $7 at the door.

The murder-mystery comedy calls for audience interaction, said director Judy Marlow.

“It’s the first time we’ve done audience participation and the first time we’ve done a murder mystery,” Marlow said.

“(The show) takes place in the lecture hall of the Hamilton Museum. The museum is having an exhibit of monsters, murderers and madmen to go along with a lecture by the archaeologist who unearthed a tomb and may have unleashed a curse,” Marlow explained.

During the first act, audience members may interrogate suspects. In the second act, they may accuse suspects, Marlow said.

“It’s pretty cool that it’s audience participation. The kids have been practicing to be put on the spot,” she said. “They don’t know what anyone is going to ask. In addition to the lines, they’ve had to learn about their characters to be prepared.”

Marlow encourages those attending to visit the museum’s 13 “exhibits” that will be arranged around the commons area before the show. Characters including Dracula, Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden and Medusa are among the exhibits, and docents will be on hand to explain their significance.

Some 60 students make up the production’s cast and crew. For advance ticket sales, contact Yvette Flanagan at 920-1013, ext. 1013.

Article from The Star on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:00 pm - BY KATHRYN BASSETT