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.
“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.