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North Marion Players presents 'Curtains', a musical murder mystery comedy Nov. 16-17

LINDSAY KEEFER - Actors gather around the leading lady, played by Mary Kaufman, in a show within a show when she collapses near the start of "Curtains," a murder mystery musical comedy being performed by North Marion Players at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at North Marion High School.North Marion Players will present a "Curtains" call Friday and Saturday at North Marion High School.

"Curtains" is a murder mystery musical comedy written by the same people who wrote "Chicago" and Cabaret," John Kander and Fred Ebb. It's a show within a show, and when the leading lady dies, Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan, is brought in to solve the case and save the show. "Curtains" will keep people guessing, said senior Andrew Cloughley, who plays Randy.

"Everyone is suspicious of everyone else," he said. "I don't think it's that predictable. There's a lot of finger pointing."

The production was chosen by Director Carol Read after she took a group of students to see a performance of the show at the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) in Beaverton over the summer. She said the students were raving about it.

"It's really fun and the music is so catchy," Read said.

Instead of using recorded music accompaniment, the cast will be accompanied on piano by music teacher Kaden Christiansen and junior Colby Gianella.

Also supporting the cast will be an almost brand new tech crew having lost several leaders to graduation, Read said. But all grades are well represented both onstage and behind the scenes, with 39 members of the cast and crew.

"It's been a lot of fun," Cloughley said. "Everyone here is great. We're like a tiny family."

He said the show isn't just fun for the cast and crew, but that all ages will enjoy watching it.

"It's lighthearted, very funny and it keeps you on the edge of your seat," he said.

"Curtains" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at North Marion High School in the small gym. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

Lindsay Keefer can be reached at 503-765-1193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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