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Fall Production of The Game’s Afoot Has Drama Students Buzzing

by Hannah Benson

Students all over the school are buzzing with excitement over the announcement of this year’s fall play, The Game’s Afoot, by Ken Ludwig.

The play is a murder mystery that stars actor William Gillette, who is most commonly known for starring as Sherlock Holmes. During the holidays, Gillette invites some friends to his mansion in Connecticut. When the guests arrive, it starts to snow; preventing anyone from leaving the castle. Someone ends up getting murdered, and Gillette uses his Sherlock skills to try and solve the mystery. [1]

The Game Afoot has a modest eight member cast. [2] Sophomore Lia Finch commented, “I know a lot of us are really nervous for auditions because there is such a small cast.”

Due to the shortage of roles, many students are looking forward to joining the tech crew. A lot of us are still going to be involved in tech because it is a really big technical show,” Finch added.  The play has an elaborate set and special effects. [3]  Senior Jayla Pollock exclaimed, “I am excited to see what our set will look like and how all of the technical aspects go into play with it. Because that’s going to make it more believable.”

Theatre teacher Heather McFadden is the director for this year’s fall play. McFadden stated, “This summer, seven Thespians and I attended the National Thespian Festival in Nebraska. Unanimously, our favorite show of the week was Fox on the Fairway, by Ken Ludwig. We knew that we wouldn’t be able to do that particular show, so we looked at other shows by Ludwig that fit our needs. We have a robust participation both onstage and backstage, so we really looked far and wide to find a script that was engaging, exciting, and challenging.

“Everyone should come see it because it’s going to be funny and spooky at the same time,” Pollock commented. This holiday murder mystery will definitely be something fun to see with the family. Hope to see you there!

Sources:

[1] https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/cleveland/cleve40.html

[2] http://www.kenludwig.com/news/the_games_afoot_is_murderously_funny.php

[3] http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/767/games-afoot-the