Northwest NEWS

February 25, 2002


'The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940' opens at WHS

Who killed the maid? Was it Mr. O'Reilly, the Irish tenor, in the kitchen with the rope? Was is Elsa Von Grossenknueten in the library with the butcher knife? Or was it Mr. Hopewell in the closet with the revolver? All are possibilities and everyone is a suspect in the current production from the Woodinville High School Theatre Troupe. "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940' combines the game of Clue, The Three Stooges and a pinch of Agatha Christie to create a chaotic comedy.
   In a swanky, secluded mansion in Chappaqua, New York, 10 people have been gathered to perform bits from a new musical comedy in hopes of gaining the money they need to put the production on Broadway, or so they think. Among them is the famous creative team that has put on several hit Broadway successesand one terrible flop. Two years prior to this particular meeting, "The Stage Door Slasher" murdered three chorus girls in a show that just happened to be written, composed, directed, produced and backed by the same team that is now reunited along with a comedian, a chorus girl, an Irish tenor, an undercover cop and a German maid.
   As the snow starts to fall, so do members of the ensemble, disappearing and reappering in the house's many secret passageways. And it's left to the remaining cast members to uncover clues and search for the real killer.
   The witty, 90-minute comedy will open on Feb. 28 and play March 1-2, 7-8 and will close on March 9. There will be two understudy matinee performances March 2 and 6. All evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and all matinee performances begin at 3 p.m. in the Woodinville High School auditorium. General admission is $6.50
   So if you fancy yourself somewhat of a sleuth, then the Woodinville Thespians invite you to take a night of stabs, jabs and cunning twists that will leave you guessing, double-talking and rolling in the aisles.