MURDER AT COPPERSMITH INN
Type: Full Length
Genres: Mystery, Farce
Themes: Play Within A Play, Acting Experience & Theatrics, Deception
Duration: 90 minutes
Speaking Cast: 9 females, 6 males (15 total cast)
SYNOPSIS: Mandy, Elinor, and Sara are three very stage-struck high school juniors who will do almost anything to get themselves cast in a play, any play! Answering an audition notice for “Three college age actresses with dinner theatre experience for a murder-mystery weekend at Coppersmith Inn,” the girls apply wigs and tons of makeup, adopt exotic “stage” names, and draft three impressive theatrical bios. Unfortunately, they might look the part, but they don't act the part. In one word, they're “lousy!” But Coppersmith Inn is in difficult financial straits so with opening night less than two days away and still three roles in the murder-mystery to be filled, the Coppersmith Inn's harried director mindlessly overlooks the fact Mandy, Elinor, and Sara (Desiree, Barton, and Franchot) can't act and casts them in three major roles—one of which is a male role. What happens next can only be described as a hilarious theatrical travesty: cues are missed; lines are delivered at the wrong times to the wrong characters; sound effects cover up the actors' dialogue; it rains at the wrong time on the wrong people; wrong entrances and too early exits plague the play; and as everything else is going wrong, the wrong person is murdered! One interior set.
Kaplan High School
Chester Co High School Theater
Community Players of Southwestern Wisconsin
Midway High School
Brandon High School
Hammond Central School
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