Retirees invited to free dress review of FHS play Tuesday
As the Broadway Players of FHS prepare for its upcoming performances of “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” the group invites retired citizens to a special free dress/press review at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fairfield High School Auditorium.
Director Scott Slechta said, “This invitation only audience allows the student actors to determine their quality and level of performance at this rehearsal. They [the cast and crew] identify their strengths and areas for improvement as they focus on the upcoming weekend.”
The performance is free, however, donations will be accepted to offset production costs, and a grocery cart will be in the lobby to collect donations for The Lord’s Cupboard.
“We have started this tradition of ‘payment’ to allow the audience and the cast and crew to participate in this community service,” said Slechta.
All who attend need to realize many special facets of this production, said Slechta. The title of the show, “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” indicates there will be music. The script itself does not come with any music, only lyrics, and the production company urges original music to be written as part of the show. Junior cast members Claudia Sloat and Coren Hucke created and rehearsed various songs and even recorded sound tracks for the show.
Also, senior Jessica Miller used her artistic talents to create a unique art piece for the show’s set. She recreated and repainted a simple print into a formal portrait of the show’s mansion’s owner, General Von Grossenknueten.
In addition, two other locals have added their flair to the show. Lee Muntz of KMCD/Classic 96 serves as the radio announcer throughout the show as cast members turn on the on-stage radio to check on the weather report.
Natasha Chang, freshman at the University of Iowa, created and designed the poster. Chang has been the artistic graphic designer for many years. Even though she is at college, she was able to create and receive feedback for poster development via computer technology.
Slechta urges all retired citizens to attend Tuesday’s special performance and all other community members and students to attend this upcoming weekend as the Broadway Players of FHS present John Bishop’s “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.”
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.