Something's Afoot - May 2014
Yes, 'Something's Afoot' at Studio 1
By Charity Apple / Times-News
Posted May. 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM
Mystery, mayhem, murder and music — Studio 1’s “Something’s Afoot” has it all.
The latest offering from the community theater group is funny, suspenseful and enjoyable to watch. The book, music and lyrics are by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach with additional music by Ed Linderman.
When six strangers are invited to the British countryside for a retreat, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend. But the storm of the century leaves them all stranded in the grand English manor. In true Agatha Christie fashion, the guests begin accusing one another of the subsequent murders through music. Accompanist Skipp Feldmann provides the background music on piano and beautiful voices lend themselves to the songs about suspicion, greed and love.
The show is a lot like the popular family board game “Clue” in that you will be constantly guessing who the actual murderer is. The murder “weapons” and ways folks die are imaginative with Studio 1’s special effects by Dwight Cotton and Kimberly Jordan and sound design by Elizabeth Kornstadt and Randy Tate. Its set design, by Lance Kress, truly resembles an English manor.
In keeping with the mystery theme, a scavenger hunt is offered 30 minutes before each show for a chance to win a free drink and snack. The outline of a body in the lobby greets guests, and it’s up to them to figure out who committed the crime. The playbill offers “clues” to decipher which cast member you’re reading about in the biographies.
Artistic director Tami Kress and music director Becky Feldmann have assembled a talented cast of singers/actors who keep the audience engaged. The intimate setting of the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre is a perfect fit for this interactive-style show.
Over-the-top performances by Tim Brown as Col. Gillweather and Jane McLelland as Grace Manley-Prowe will make audiences smile. The vocal stylings of Koehna Jordan (Hope Langdon), Lora Wilder (Ms. Tweed) and Glen Bounds (Geoffery) are jaw-dropping.
This is a great show for the whole family to see. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat and tapping along to the music, too.