Manti High thespians plan zany musical
By Linda Petersen
Feb. 22, 2018
MANTI—Manti High School is gearing up for its performance of “Something’s Afoot,” a zany, entertaining musical that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries.
In the play, 10 people are stranded in the isolated English country home of Lord Dudley Rancour during a raging thunderstorm.
One by one, dead bodies pile up in the library, while the survivors frantically race to discover the cunning culprit.
Lettie the maid is played by Katelyn Allred, with Zach Brown as Flint the caretaker and Dallin Brereton as Clive the butler.
Malorie Hansen plays ingénue Hope Langdon with Dr. Grayburn, the family doctor, played by Josh Peterson.
Carson Lawrence is Nigel Rancour, the black-sheep nephew, and Grande Dame Lady Grace Manley-Prowe is played by Emily Frischknecht.
The cast is rounded out by Marcus Bahlmann as Colonel Gillweather, Abby Huff as amateur detective Miss Tweed and Justin Bawden as Geoffrey.
“I chose this play for three different reasons. First, I like comedies. Second, I like murder-mysteries. Third, I like short musicals. Put all three of those together, and you have a great show! Plus, our cast is great,” Kory Howard, the play’s director, said.
He added, “We have an experienced cast consisting of seven seniors, one junior and two sophomores. Also, this play is a spoof of Agatha Christie’s books,” and she is “the world’s best-selling murder-mystery writer.”
Lights are by Naomi Boorman and sound by Keyera Cox. Cody Alder is the stagehand.
Show dates for “Something’s Afoot” are Monday, Feb. 26, Tuesday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.
This 85-minute play will be used as the drama department’s region/state one-act play for competition in March and April.
The drama department will also present “A Mad Breakfast”—a 30-minute farce on March 5 and 6 at 7 p.m.
In “A Mad Breakfast,” practical jokers Mr. Jones and Miss Brown tell each of the guests of a boarding house that wealthy visitor Mr. Long is interested in their hobbies.
However, Mr. Long thinks the boarding house is an asylum for lunatics.
Amidst the confusion and chaos, Mr. Long soon fears for his life.
“A Mad Breakfast” will be directed by Kris Cluff. Cost is $1.