In “Dinner and a Murder,” several couples are eating at a restaurant when someone is murdered. A detective must figure out who the killer is before everyone in the restaurant is killed off. The play came about because of Audrey Jones, who started as the arts and humanities teacher this year. With her help, students formed a drama club with about 40 members and voted on which play they would perform. Jones said that having special education instructor Angelica Garnett help her with the production has been a huge help because it has allowed her to run errands or work on props backstage while the actors work on their scenes.
Greyson Futrell has acted as student director. To get the job, he had to submit an essay to Jones and the drama club’s president, Thomas Broadbent, who is also acting in the show. Futrell said he has enjoyed working on the play and has been pleased with his cast, letting them decide mostly on their own how to interpret their characters.
“I’ve let them be pretty free with their performances,” Futrell said. “Once they’re focused, it’s amazing how interactive they’ve been with each other.”
Futrell’s range of duties as student director has been wide. He has done everything from working on the blocking, or where the actors stand onstage, with Jones to reading parts when actors are absent. He said missing actors have mostly been because of other extracurricular activities. Last Wednesday’s rehearsal was no exception.
“Excuse me,” said after a five-minute break. “I’ve got to go read for a girl.”
One of the lead roles is Detective Rathbone, played by Morgan Beeker, a senior. Beeker said she the script was funny and that she enjoyed how it keeps the audience guessing. As soon as one clue leads the audience to guess whom the murderer is, they find that they jumped too quickly to conclusions.
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