Stelly’s Secondary stages Curtains Jan. 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. with Jan. 18 shows at 1 and 7 p.m. (Photos courtesy Stelly’s)

Stelly’s Secondary stages Curtains Jan. 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. with Jan. 18 shows at 1 and 7 p.m. (Photos courtesy Stelly’s)

Stelly’s school stages whodunit musical mystery

Performances are Jan. 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. with a Jan. 18 matinee at 1 p.m.

Stelly’s Secondary students embark on their debut musical whodunit for this year’s senior show. Stelly’s Senior Musical Theatre presents Curtains for five performances starting Jan. 16.

The show-within-a-show mystery, authored by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Fred Ebb and music by John Kander, was selected by teachers Alicia Bartlett and Norbert Ziegler in part for its large cast.

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“We chose this show in particular because it features a large cast. There’s a lot of opportunities for everyone to be on stage often and quite a few chorus numbers as well,” Bartlett said.

In the bright, promising year of 1959, a new musical opens at Boston’s Colonial Theatre to poor reviews. The hilariously imperfect show is the least of the company’s worries.

“The star of the show dies and a detective comes to try and figure out what happened,” said Bartlett, the musical theatre, dance and drama teacher that also directs and created choreography for the show.

Curtains includes a cast of Grade 11 and 12 students, an orchestra of Grade 10 to 12 students and stagecraft by students in Grades 9 through 12.

Performances are Jan. 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. with a Jan. 18 matinee at 1 p.m. at Stelly’s Secondary, 1627 Stelly’s Cross Rd.

Tickets – $15 for adults and $10 for students – are available at the door or in advance at Stelly’s, Tanner’s Books,​ 536 Beacon Ave., The Brentwood Emporium, ​7103 West Saanich Rd., and online at stellysseniortheatre.bpt.me.



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