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PRESS PHOTOS BY SUSAN BRYANTParkland High School thespians rehearse a scene April 8 from “Curtains” to be performed 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, and 3 p.m. April 14 at the high school. PRESS PHOTOS BY SUSAN BRYANTParkland High School thespians rehearse a scene April 8 from “Curtains” to be performed 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, and 3 p.m. April 14 at the high school.
Aubree Williams as Jessica Cranshaw (center) and the cast rehearse one of the opening numbers from the musical “Curtains.” Aubree Williams as Jessica Cranshaw (center) and the cast rehearse one of the opening numbers from the musical “Curtains.”

It’s ‘Curtains’ for Parkland thespians

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Susan Bryant sbryant@tnonline.com in Local News

The murder mystery “Curtains” opened on April 10 and will run through April 14 at Parkland High School.

“Curtains,” a 1950s musical comedy, tells the tale of a detective who investigates a series of murders that take place behind the scenes of a fictional cowboy musical, “Robbin’ Hood.”

The musical is based on a 2007 Broadway show of the same name with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb and John Kander.

Daniel Stewart, who plays Greater Boston Police Detective Lt. Frank Cioffi, said his character, who works in the homicide division, is quirky and funny, shifting from crime solver to musical performer.

“He is called to solve the murder of Jessica Cranshaw (played by Aubree Williams), growing his love of theater and actress Niki Harris (played by Isabelle Fedele),” Stewart said.

Mackenzie Lynch, who plays Georgia Hendricks, said her character takes over the lead role in “Robbin’ Hood” but all the while she is preoccupied by her love triangle with Bobby Pepper, portrayed by Michael Mistler, and Aaron Fox, played by Matt Melchior.

“‘Curtains’ is hilarious and has so many fun production numbers,” Lynch said.

Melchior said his character, Aaron, is a music composer and songwriter for “Robbin’ Hood.”

“He struggles with writing now that his ex-wife has left him to become the star of the show,” Melchior said.

Olivia Behr, who plays Carmen Bernstein, said her character, the 60-year-old female producer of “Robbin’ Hood,” is brassy, bold and not to be trifled with.

“I like the challenging aspects of playing Carmen,” she said.

“Curtains” is directed by high school music teacher Frank Anonia. Technical director is Damon Gelb.

The musical is choreographed by Kelly Jean Graham, and Jim Tully is the orchestra pit director.

Anonia said “Curtains” is a brassy and bright musical.

“The cast of “Robbin’ Hood” is forced to stay inside the theater while Boston Police Detective Lt. Cioffi unravels the mystery, getting involved with the show and falling in love with ingénue Niki Harris in the process,” Anonia said.

“Curtains” will be performed 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, and 3 p.m. April 14 at the high school, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall.

Tickets are $11 for adults, and $9 for students, children and seniors.

Box office opens one hour before all show times and there are tickets for every performance.

Or, purchase online right up until show time at showtix4u.com/events/15799.