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Curtains due tonight in Westmoreland


CURTAINS! ¿ ¿Curtains¿ a musical playing at Westmoreland High School, opening tonight includes, from left, Stephen Shepherd, 12th grade, playing Aaron Fox; Kelley Citron, 12th, as Georgia Hendricks; Michael Jenning, 12th, as Lt. Frank Cioffi; Jessica Riesel, 12th as Niki Harris; Bryan Harper, 12th, as Bobby Pepper; Amanda Hinman, 12th as Carmen Bernstein and Robert Muggeo, 12th as Christopher Belling. (Sentinel photo by Stefan Matwijec)

WESTMORELAND — Westmoreland High School Drama will present the murder mystery musical "Curtains" at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday at the high school auditorium.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or from cast members and are $7 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. The show has been rated "PG" by Theatrical Rights Worldwide Publishing Company.

With music composed by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, the show opened on Broadway on May 22, 2007 and was nominated for eight Tony awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It’s the brassy, bright and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of "Robbin’ Hood!: A new musical of the Old West."

The curtain rises on the show’s merciful finale, Act Two; Scene 23. As the valiant cast proclaims their undying affection for the "wide open spaces" of Kansas, a sour note is sounded by the voice of faded film star Jessica Cranshaw, who can’t act, can’t sing and can’t dance — not even a little. Jessica’s name may be above the title, but her performance has been beneath contempt, both on-stage and off. She takes her mandatory bow in front of the cowboy-costumed company, gathers up her obligatory bouquets from a pair of tuxedoed ushers and collapses in a heap, easily the most graceful move she’s made all evening. The cast rushes to their fallen star behind the fallen curtain and bears the unbearable Jessica off to Boston Hospital.

Homicide detective, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, a huge fan of musicals himself, arrives to inform the cast and crew that Jessica Cranshaw was murdered. It’s also clear she was murdered by a member of the company. Cioffi feels the surest way to solve the crime will be to keep the entire cast of suspicious characters sequestered in the theatre. He also feels, though, that "The show must go on," so while solving the crime, he watches as "Robbin’ Hood" gets a rewrite as the murderer is still lurking about.

A cast of more than 70 students will light up the stage. The musical is directed by Kirk and Debbie Baldwin, and the pit band is directed by Kristyn Morgan. Featured actors include: Amanda Hinman. Kelley Citren, Mike Jennings, Stephen Shepherd, Jessica Riesel, Jessica Harper, Bryan Harper, Robert Muggeo, Jake Sears, Becca Landcastle, Shelby Soulia, Dillon Scribner and Garrett Bieksza.

RomeSentinel.com

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