CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover Central Thespian Society will present the musical comedy whodunit “Curtains” this weekend, a play-within-a-play that offers singing, dancing, romance, laughter, and suspense.
From the creators of "Cabaret" and "Chicago," performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Hanover Central Auditorium, 10120 W. 133rd Ave. All tickets are $5 at the door. Call (219) 374-3800.
The Hanover Central Distributive Education Clubs of America chapter is sponsoring a pre-show dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday to support the student trip to state competition. Provided by Welch’s Open Flame Grilling, the menu will include barbequed pork, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, dessert, and drink for $10. Tickets can be purchased with an RSVP by Friday to (219) 374-3820.
“Curtains” is a parody of the 1950s "whodunit" theater mysteries, where a lone detective, Lt. Frank Cioffi, investigates a series of murders that take place behind the scenes of a fictional 1950s cowboy musical, "Robbin' Hood of the Old West."
The cast of Robbin' Hood is forced to stay inside the theater while the Boston police detective unravels the mystery, getting involved with the show and falling in love in the process.
“I’ve been able to do theater at Hanover for seven years now, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group to finish off with," said Brandon Kratkoczki, president of the Thespian Society who plays the lead role. "Mr. (Steve) Gustas is a great leader and director, and every single person on the cast and crew has become a part of the Hanover Thespian family.”
Another senior is Renee Cavanaugh, vice president of the thespian society and musical choreographer. She plays Bambi, who is sassy and hungry for fame. “I am so excited to play this role and dance my heart out," she said. "This being my senior year and last play, I am going to miss my Hanover theater home.”