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MHS theater performing second of two plays this fall

The cast of the show "Alfred Hitchcock Taught Me Everything I Know," who will be performing the comedic murder mystery this weekend at the Mandan High School Auditorium. Brian L. Gray photo

 

In response to the overwhelming student interest in theater at Mandan High School, this fall marks the first year the school will be performing two plays during the same semester.

The first show, “While the Lights Were Out,” was performed Oct. 26 to 28. It was originally slated for an Oct. 12-14 performance, but was delayed due to the school’s water main break on Oct. 11.

The second play is entitled, “Alfred Hitchcock Taught Me Everything I Know,” written by Pat Cook. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

The play is considered to be a screwball comedy, with fast-paced action and humor. The comedy is enveloped into the story of a murder mystery, with the show revolving around the main character, Maura Milton, played by Ashlyn Quintus, who applies for a bookkeeping job. She discovers that her unusual boss, Tyrone Bartholomew, who is portrayed by Christian Lepek, isn’t actually one person, but one of many Tyrone Bartholomews. She begins to question who her boss truly is, and gets herself involved in a mystery that includes the police, gangsters with guns and a wild-eyed lady with an ax.

The more Milton uncovers, the more she begins to learn that the rest of the world is looking more crazy, and her boss begins to appear to be the only sane person around.

The play is directed by Mandan resident and 2005 graduate of MHS, Kelsey Fredricks. She says the play contains characters that the audience can relate to, and the plot will keep people guessing through the very end.

“This is a very one-of-a-kind story filled with quirky characters that you rarely get to see in a show,” Fredricks says. “It’s light-hearted, and it’s appropriate for kids, so it’s a good play for the entire family,” Fredricks says.

The cast of the show is mainly made up of freshman and sophomore students. Both of the MHS fall productions involve the commitment of over 40 MHS students who are working as actors and technical assistants.

The show will be held at the MHS Auditorium. General admission tickets are available at the door and are $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students.