Mystery-comedy “Murder in the House of Horrors” this weekend

The Warrior Drama department is in its final week of practice for the spring production of Murder in the House of Horrors, on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 at 7 p.m. Reserved floors seats are available for $8. Advance tickets available online (start at llhs.org/drama) or by calling 800-838-3006. Walk-up unreserved bleacher seats will be $5 both nights.

In this interactive mystery-comedy that will have audiences wondering whodunnit, renowned Egyptologist (Cannon Kerr, Watertown) is telling of his discovery of the Pharaoh Menkaura’s tomb. Suddenly, while watching a slide of the ruler’s sarcophagus, the projector goes off, plunging the auditorium into darkness. When the lights come on, the professor is dead and the priceless jewel he was holding has vanished!

When Lt. Dan Morrow (Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie) arrives, he narrows the suspects to seven. Was it the jealous wife (Sophia Griffin, Lodi) who suspected her husband was having an affair? Or the Egyptian sisters (Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills, and Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc) who cursed the expedition for disturbing Pharoah’s tomb? Or Mrs. Westbrook (Kendra Kasper, Helenville) who was displeased how her money was being spent by the museum? Or her lawyer Ms. Gray (Bronte Perkins, Madison) who would do anything for her client? Or Elena Newman (Olivia Fregien, Madison) Professor Carlton’s underappreciated assistant? Or Dr. Vanderveer (Anna Bilitz, Madison) the curator of the museum? Or was it someone that no one would ever suspect?

LL drama cast 2019

Other characters include Jane Trice (Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson), Russ Palmer (Al Wood, Madison), Betty Lange (Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie), Tony (Benjamin Huebner, Madison), Officer Val Holloway (Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson), Professor Kirk Carlton (Will Denoyer, Sun Prairie), and four guards (Kira Tweit, Madison; Joy Thompson Wurz, Lake Mills; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Olivia Odrich, Verona).

The lieutenant enlists audience aid in solving the crime. You’ll be caught up in this thriller, uncovering the clues that reveal the killer in an electrifying climax.

The production is directed by Pastors Clark Schultz and Mark Toepel, with costuming by Jade Wood, Megan Wood, and Mark Heckendorf. Mr. Damon Tracy heads up a crew of student for lights and sound. Students from Tech Ed, under Mr. Jeff Meske, built the staging, and art students painted the set as directed by Mrs. Lori Tetzlaff.  Miss Rachel Poyner is the stage manager.

Murder in the House of Horrors is presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.

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