Playwright Alex Dennison’s fiancée was murdered on the opening night of a play he wrote a year ago. A year later, he has written another play to bring back the same cast and catch the killer.
Don’t fret; that’s just the plot of a play. But it’s a killer plot indeed.
Mac Snider, a Grade 12 student at Twin Lakes Secondary School, is playing the lead, Dennison, in a suspenseful production of Rehearsal for Murder, to be performed for community audiences in April.
"I love old murder-mysteries," said Snider, 17. "And you definitely get twists and turns in this. It’s a really cool plot. I want to show the audience the contrast of my character’s personality, Alex Dennison."
The play is being put together by students in grades 9 to 12. Thirty-five students are working on the production either on the stage or behind the scenes.
"We’ve managed to involve lots in our backstage program," said Sally Holdsworth, director of the play and drama teacher at Twin Lakes. "We also use our cosmetology program to do all the makeup and hair as part of their course."
The students’ level of experience varies from rookie to veteran.
"I’ve been in the last two productions here, so I have a lot of experience backstage," said Kayleigh Arsenault, 18, student stage manager for the play.
Even though it’s stressful, she said, seeing it all come together in the end makes it worth the hard work.
Breanna Yundt, 15, will juggle multiple roles on the stage.
"My character (is) a smaller character, so we just have one scene," said the Grade 10 student. "But when we need crossovers or extras to fill up a scene, that’s when I get to play different roles."
Snider is proud of the hard work the cast and crew have put into the production and he believes audiences will see that in the final product.
"They will come in for a high-school production," he said, "but we’ve put in a lot of work, and it’ll go beyond their expectations."
The play will be performed at Twin Lakes April 14, 15 and 16, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per adult and $8 per student and will soon be available through the main office and also at the door on the performance dates.
For more information, call the school at 705-325-1318.