Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

January 17, 2013

'Musical Comedy Murders of 1940' to be performed

Shows continue Friday through Sunday at Bristol Opera House

BRISTOL — Enter the Bristol Opera House and step into the past.

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” is a throwback to screwball movie comedies like the Bob Hope “Road” pictures, according to director David Dufour.

“It’s a murder mystery, and it actually blends in aspects of Agatha Christie in particular,” Dufour said of the Elkhart Civic Theatre production. “But it also involves aspects of farce as well.” The show also includes some Abbott and Costello-esque elements.

“It’s essentially taking that kind of comedy and putting it on stage,” Dufour said. “...It’s just a lot of fun, basically.”

“Musical Comedy Murders” will be on stage for its second-weekend stint starting Friday at the opera house, located at 210 E. Vistula St., Bristol.

The Agatha Christie influence is apparent in the “Musical Comedy Murders” plot, which involves 10 people brought together at a house.

“And then they get snowed in and the phone’s dead,” Dufour said. “There you go. There’s the ‘Mousetrap,’ right there.” There are echoes, too, of “And Then There Were None.”

“Musical Comedy Murders” deals with a group brought together presumably to do a backer’s audition, a non-fully produced presentation of a new musical to someone who may back it for a full production. However, Dufour said, the creative team was involved in a previous production in which several chorus girls were murdered during the run of the show.

An undercover officer is part of the snowbound group, on hand to look over the creative team and see if one of its members is the “Stage Door Slasher.”

Dufour at the helm of a whodunit makes sense. An Elkhart Civic release tags him as the Theatre’s resident mystery buff/director.

“I’ve directed a lot of Agatha Christie murder mysteries and I’ve directed some other mystery-oriented types of shows,” he said. “This one is quite different because it is flat-out designed to be funny.”

Looking ahead to the second weekend of the “Musical Comedy Murders” run, Dufour is anticipating a packed house.

“The word of mouth will be pretty good on it,” he said of the show. “We’ve had a very positive response.”

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” cast includes Dan Cotton, Geneele Crump, Elise Davis, Annette Kaczanowski, Dave Kempher, Valerie Ong, Josh Padgett, Corinne Reed, Geoff Trowbridge and Tony Venable. Dufour is being assisted by Randy Zonker. Dawn Blessing is handling costume design, Kasey Roske is on properties and John Shoup is providing the scenery.

 

1
Text Only
Breaking News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Poll

Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

Yes, I have noticed more problem properties
No, I have not noticed more problems
I think the problems are about the same as always
     View Results