It’s no secret that it costs a small fortune to take the family out for a night at the movies, but in Fife there is a better alternative that’s much less expensive and offers memorable and highly entertaining fare fit for all ages. It all takes place at Columbia Junior High’s Performing Arts Center where young theater students are ready to raise the curtain on a zany new production of “Murder at Aunt Agatha’s.”
“This is one of our favorite shows written by Dave and Teresa Hockman,” said theater instructor Hayley Rathburn, referring to Fife Schools’ beloved theater duo who for years created and staged a wealth of plays for students to perform.
A live theater experience in the spirit of great old Humphrey Bogart style detective movies, “Murder at Aunt Agatha’s” is a mystery/comedy featuring a wacky cast of characters who all gather at their departed great aunt Agatha's house to hear the reading of her will. They find out that whoever stays at the house the longest will receive the bulk of the estate. But as the night goes on, family members start dying off mysteriously one by one. Hilarity and chaos ensue that you have to see to believe.
As is the case with all Fife Schools plays, two casts of actors were assembled so that the maximum number of students could participate This production features a cast and crew of more than 40 talented Columbia Junior High and Fife High School students.
“These young actors are doing an absolutely amazing job and have taken on their roles with so much energy and enthusiasm,” Rathburn said. “There's a huge variety of roles like a man hungry hillbilly family, a nerd family called the Earls, a wannabe movie star and her crummy agent, a spoiled teenager and her snooty mother, a no good gangster fresh out of jail, a couple of suspicious French maids, a Humphrey Bogart style detective, and more.”
The identity of the murderer is not revealed until the very end of this play in which the humor – and pace – are nonstop.
“We hope that all in the community will come out for a great night of high quality local entertainment,” Rathburn said.
Performance dates for “Murder at Aunt Agatha’s” are Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $6 at the door. Concessions items will be available at intermission for only $1 each, and all proceeds go back into Fife Schools’ most excellent theater programs.