The Game’s Afoot and Murder Inn
Getting into the spirit of Halloween, Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present two murder mysteries as their fall production: Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot and Murder Inn
Howard Voland and Keith McGregor.
In The Game’s Afoot, be prepared for non-stop hilarity, mystery and danger. Broadway star William Gillette, famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members for a weekend of revelry to his mansion in Connecticut. When a murder happens during the weekend, Gillette puts his Sherlock Holmes skills to good use in an attempt to solve the mystery, before the killer can strike again. In the style of classic “whodunit” mysteries, the plot of this story takes many twists and turns, including a slew of references to other murder mysteries and a classic reveal.
Murder Inn is set in New England, at the Barnsley Inn, a dilapidated 18th century inn, supposedly haunted by the ghost of Martin, a deceased British soldier, with a penchant for knife-throwing. When a group of tourists is forced to spend the night there due to an unforeseen storm, it soon turns into a night of mayhem and madness, as knives begin to pop up in the most unexpected places. As the body count rises, the kooky cast of characters don’t just try to figure out who done it, but also who is likely to be next on the list.
The plays will feature two distinct casts, performing three shows each. The casts are comprised of 18 of Woodinville High School’s Advanced Acting and Play Production students, including seniors Carl Bryden, Marina Clever, Evan Davis, Aidan Gertz, Ben Hall, Julia Hughes, Meghan Johnson, Gillian McMichael, Emma Pulse, Leah Sainz Jones, Eva Sullivan and Max Tammen, and juniors, Kristie Carter, Kira Fontana, Rebekah Kamer, Kathryn Lampe, Leah Matthews, Derek Mulkins, Kayin Thompson and Ethan Yee.
The set – used with minor adjustments for both shows, depicts the main sitting room in either the mansion or the Inn, and features a multitude of entrances that provide fast-paced, over-the-top, and often witty humor. Crews of students from the WHS Technical Theatre program handle the technical aspects of the show, from set building and lighting to publicity. Senior technical theatre students include: Madison Penoyer (Stage Manager), Alex “Scotty” Clark and Nathaniel Gibbs (Technical Directors),
James Pitts (Master Carpenter), Jordyn Janshen (Paint), Ethan Pope (Sound), Alex “Scotty” Clark (Lights), Alice Cloney (Costumes), Meghan Johnson and Marina Clever (Hair and Makeup), Eva Sullivan (Props), and Parker Hicks and Sonja Marcus (House Manager).
The show is directed, designed and produced by Josh Butchart, with support from Katharina Muller (Assistant Director/Producer) and the Woodinville Drama Boosters, led by president Stephanie Penoyer and Jennifer Sullivan.
The shows will play in repertory in the Woodinville High School Theatre. Murder Inn will play Oct. 26, Oct. 28th, and Nov. 4th @ 7pm each
night. The Game’s Afoot will play Oct. 27th and Nov. 4th at 7pm, plus will have a matinee showing on Oct. 29th @1pm. Tickets are $10
($5 for senior citizens and students with an ASB card) and can be purchased here. Please note that online sales close the night before any given performance. See you there!