‘Blackmailed to Murder’ announced as West Grands play
Ryan Summerlin January 29, 2013
Blackmailed to Murder is a classic whodunit loosely based on the 1985 film “Clue” from the Parker Brothers board game of the same name that has been enjoyed for decades by millions of people. The elaborate script has a lot of original material combining comedy with musical numbers sung by the cast members of the West Grand School District. A live orchestra also with students from the WGSD performs the music. Performances are Saturday, Feb. 2nd at 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinee the next day at 2 p.m. Performances are at the West Grand High School auditorium.The script invloves six guests who were invited to a dinner to meet a person who was blackmailing them but had never met. The evening goes awry when the host is murdered. Everyone including the maid had a motive but no one knows who did it. Was it Miss Scarlett with the knife or maybe Mrs. Green with the gun? As the plot unfolds two more people are also “done in” by the unknown assailant creating further havoc. Which one of the guests did it? Maybe it was the cook. Will you be able to figure it out?The two hour play has talented students from both the West Grand High School and Middle School. The 18 cast members are Joanna Parker-Raecke, Katie Sanford, Jordan Stevens, Hayley Rohr, Krysten Garcia, Rebecca Dillion, Derrin Weaver, Thomas O’Neill, Theresa O’Neill, Coral LePage, Samantha Miller, and Natalia Dell from the high school. Mykaela Jones, Keala Mannon, Garrett Miller, Val Widener, Saraeh Widener, and Ceci Dominguez are from the middle school. Erica Lucas, Shannon Roller, and Payton Coleman comprise the backstage crew. They are responsible for assisting the performers and for helping with the costuming, props, lights, and sound.The orchestra members consists of Derrin Weaver, Brock Soderburg, and Andy Volt on drums/percussion, Jill Wilkinson on saxophone, Casey Tanton on bass, Johnny Hirt and Austin Gregory playing trumpets, Natalia Dell on piano, Jeremiah Elliot playing the guitar, and Kayli Daymon on flute. Ms. Daymon is the elementary school music teacher.This two-act melodrama was adapted for the stage and co-directed by Ken Anderson who has performed in, wrote, and directed theatrical productions over a 40 year span and by Dan Bowerly, the very successful and popular music teacher at the West Grand School District. Ken also has acted in several corporate safety training films and has appeared as an extra in several movies. They include “Cocoon” directed by Ron Howard and “Summer Rental” directed by Carl Reiner. Dan is a professional musician and dedicated teacher who has performed, wrote, and taught music at every level his entire life including directing and leading the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Also experienced in theatre productions, he did all of the musical arrangements for the play. Dan’s CD, “Shadow of my Father” is available at the Rocky Mountain General Store in Granby.The play is free to the public thanks to the generosity of local businesses and theater patrons who provided funding or services. They are Lunsford Signs, Rocky Mountain Bar & Grill, EZ Insurance, B.A.M. Painting and Staining, Grand Mountain Bank, Silverthrone Outlet Stores, Subway, MT Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Rocky Mountain General Store, DK Bowerly Photography, Mountain Flair Boutique, Harrington Landscapes, Dave & Leslie Jones, Dave Skinner, Rhea Gallagher, Mrs. Dorothy L. Smith, & Mrs. Sharon Anderson. Everyone involved with the play believes you will thoroughly enjoy the production but will also be perplexed at whodunit?