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MHS performing murder mystery this weekend

The cast of "While the Lights Were Out" rehearse a scene for the play, which will be performed this weekend at the MHS Auditorium. Brian L. Gray photo


Murder, mayhem and a classic tale of who-done-it will be presented this weekend on the Mandan High School stage.

The Mandan High School Theater Department will be performing “While the Lights Were Out,” an off-the-wall murder mystery farce, written by Jack Sharkey.

The play takes place in a Bermuda mansion owned by Lord Clive Wickenham, where several guests have been invited to a dinner party. A sudden power outage happens, followed by a scream, and when the lights come back on, one of guests are found murdered. The characters in the play then must find out who among them is the murderer.

While the tone of the play is dark, the play is performed in a humorous way.  “It is a farce, so it has ridiculous moments and characters, and many secrets with twists and turns in the plot,” said director Lisa Quintus. She says the play may not be appropriate for gradeschool children.

The performance will begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. and continue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Performances will be held at the MHS Auditorium.

General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be available at the door.

The play was previously set to be performed two weeks ago, but was delayed due to the break of a water main at the high school.

-Brian L. Gray