By Mia Colloredo-Mansfeld and Madison Lewis
East’s production of Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s followed the stories of characters who were trapped in a mansion during a snowstorm with two homicidal maniacs. This spoof on the traditional murder mystery was filled to the brim with plot twists and secret passageways.
“The play is a farce, so it’s very light and fun and energetic compared to some other plays,” said Brenna Recny, a junior who acted in the play. “[Musical Comedy Murders] is a very light humored show just in terms of the script.”
Musical Comedy Murders opened Friday, March 6. Like the characters in the play, the actors experienced difficulties because of snow. The play was a success despite the two weeks of rehearsal time that were lost to the poor weather.
“Losing those two weeks because of the snow made everybody’s lives harder from the actors because we couldn’t rehearse, [and for] the technicians, because they had a lot less time to build the set,” Recny said. “We came in on the weekends and after school to help build the set. There were a couple of snow days when all the actors got together to run lines and do character work so that we wouldn’t lose everything that we had accomplished. I think mainly we just tried to work twice as hard to compensate for the lost time.”
This play is also unique because of its director. Like A Very Potter Musical, Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940’s featured the directing talents of a student. Musical Comedy Murders was directed by senior Ethan Fox.
“I started working on this technically in May of 2014, that’s when I got the gig, but I actually started planning and working over the summer,” said Fox. “I have no idea how much time went into [the play] because I spend hours working on it almost everyday.”
Although directing was a stressful and time-consuming role, Fox thought that the challenges he faced helped him grow and really enjoyed the experience.
“Being a student director was great,” Fox said. “[Directing] was like solving a puzzle. I had to see where everything fit, and then put the pieces together.”