When the musical whodunit comedy “Curtains” takes the stage during a three-day run at Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium in March, six familiar faces will greet the audience.
A core group of seniors consisting of Logan Carvey, Mark Parry and Brad Crofoot will team with veteran actresses Lexi Abelgore, Kaitlyn Kinney and Kennedie Coyne in the lead and supporting roles of the murder mystery.
Set in Boston, Mass., in 1959, a theater troupe struggles to impress their audience and their debut performance of “Robbin’ Hood” is met with disdain from newspaper critics.
The woman who has the lead role is horrible, and the first night during curtain call she is murdered on stage.
That sets the scene for an entertaining murder mystery.
With everyone in the cast and crew declared suspects, Lt. Frank Coiffi (portrayed by Crofoot) works to unravel the mystery while also falling in love and helping the actors improve their show with his knowledge of the performing arts.
“Each and every single character is so insanely different from the next, it always keeps you on your toes not only to see what happens with the plot, but you’re always wondering what each character is going to say next,” said Parry, who plays the role of the arrogant director, Christopher Belling. “Is it going to be some arrogant, outlandish comment, or is it going to be something that actually makes sense?”
The unpredictable nature of each character, combined with the genre and the setup as a show within a show makes “Curtains” one of the most unique productions in recent memory, according to the lead actors, who have more than two dozen shows under their belts combined.
“I think the audience will enjoy the fact that it is such a unique show – they’re involved without being involved,” said Coyne, who portrays Carmen Bernstein, the tenacious co-producer of ‘Robbin’ Hood.’ “It is a murder mystery, so the entire time as we’re trying to figure out who killed Jessica, so are they. And as soon as you think you know what’s going on, you realize that you don’t.”
Although the show is vastly different from those put on by Quirk’s Players in the past, the student actors are confident that the production will be entertaining and keep the audience guessing until the final curtain call.
“I think they’ll really enjoy it because we’ve never done a show like this before, and I don’t think they’ve ever seen a show like this before,” Coyne said.
“Curtains” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 6, 7 and 8 in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium.
A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. March 8 in the auditorium as well.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and children age 12 and younger.