SHERIDAN — Fort Mackenzie High School will perform a “musical who done it” written by a local playwright for its spring play March 13 and 14.
Set in 1920s England, the play, “Murder Twice Baked,” was written by Sheridan resident Bruce Scigliano with his writing partner George Krawczyk of Michigan. Together, Scigliano and Krawczyk write musical and non-musical plays through the business Theatricus.
Scigliano said “Murder Twice Baked” was actually written seven years ago, but this is the first time it has been performed locally. He said he approached FMHS drama teacher Mick Wiest about performing the play, and after sharing it with FMHS musical director Stephanie Zukowski, Wiest agreed to produce it.
“It is a charming little play, it really is,” Wiest said. “I looked at it, showed it to Stephanie and we both thought it was very doable. There are a lot of fun, humorous parts to it and we’ll have some really fun costumes.”
According to the Theatricus website’s description of the play, “All appears well at the “Oh so proper” Brentwood Manor- that is until Lady Brentwood’s favorite son, Birch, falls dead after eating a slice of rhubarb pie. Is it murder or simply bad rhubarb? If it was murder, whom should we suspect? Convoluted plot turns and quirky characters are bound to keep you guessing!”
Wiest said seamstresses Shelley Reinke and Dena Wells are creating fun costumes appropriate for the time period of the play and Stephanie Zukowski is serving as musical director. Eleven students are participating as cast or crew.
“A lot of these students are rookies but have come a long ways,” said Wiest. “Some I don’t think would ever have dreamed they would be singing on stage. A couple of them said no way they would ever sing, but yet here they are doing it.”
Show times are at 7 p.m. each night at the Carriage House Theater at Trail End Museum. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for non-FMHS students.