Middle school thespians aim for laughs

2013-02-17T00:00:00Z Middle school thespians aim for laughsBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
February 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | Wilbur Wright Theatre Company will present its annual Evening of Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Munster High School Auditorium, 8808 Columbia Ave.

Tickets are available for $2 and $3 at the Munster Auditorium box office.

This is the 11th year that Director Carol Lynn Brechner is bringing more than one type of theater experience to Wilbur Wright Middle School audiences. From year to year, the line-up may include Reader’s Theatre, mime theater, monologues, or one- and two-act plays.

This year WWTC will present a Reader’s Theatre production of "A Word, By Any Other Name," an introductory monologue by Alex Raycroft, and the two-act murder mystery parody "Gumshoe."

"Gumshoe" is a wild parody of film, radio and TV murder mysteries full of humorous, off-the-wall characters.

Johnny (Alex Ramirez), a down-on-his-luck private eye, takes the case of Lawanda Baboomba (Paige Mecyssine), a gold-digging floozy accused of murdering her wealthy husband. She's a sculptor who creates statues from Spam.

Things really get bizarre at her Spam retrospective art opening reception - an event catered by the police chief (Anthony Niemic) who thinks he's a chef. The sneaky DA (David Green) pretends to fall in love with Lawanda, and when things go awry, the food police get into a fight with the pseudo-intellectual art critics.

Other key players are Johnny’s doting secretary, Betsy Heartagold (Kalie Miles), Billy Youngbuck, a cub reporter (Elliott Fus), and Lieutenant Fletcher (Tara Layous).

 

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