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Murder Takes the Stage - Short Play, Comedy

Murder Takes the Stage

James Reach

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Short Play, Comedy

6m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573602221

A murder mystery is set in motion when art imitates life and a glamrourous theater actress is actually murdered during the reahearsal for a death scene.

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The bare stage of the Ivytown Summer Theater, located in a New England village.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TAGS

Betrayal, Death

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre

This exciting mystery can be done on a bare stage representing a Summer Theater, run by one Jane Bond, where a new play's being rehearsed to open the season. Mitzi, Jane's eager and lovely niece, has just joined the company. She's a crime stories addict and she's the heroine of the ensuing proceedings. Drew Pelman, the play's author, has somehow managed to sign Hazel Laverne, glamorous theater personality, to star. It's soon apparent Hazel's cordially detested by most of the troupe who know her professionally from the past. During a rehearsal, a gun supposedly loaded with blanks is fired at Hazel, and she plays a very convincing death scene---for she's truly dead! Mitzi and the local Sheriff set a most ingenious trap for the murderer. The action's always plausible and will keep your audience thrilled.
Characters

CASTING

6m, 7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

JANE BOND - 35; runs the summer theatre.
MITZI BOND - 20; Jane's eager young niece.
MISS LIZ TRUESDALE - 70; an old gentlewoman.
OLLIE DUNNING - 30; a director.
DREW PELMAN - 30; a playwright.
LARRY STRICKLAND -28;  an advance man.
ELLEN DRAKE - 25; an actress.
BOB RAYFIELD - 28; a leading man.
SARA FARNHAM - 50s; a faded star.
HAL RUSH - 28; an actor.
HAZEL LAVERNE - 30; a great personality.
ANN MARTIN - 25; her secretary.
SHERIFF WILEY - 40; of the local police.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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