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Our guest blogger: James Lentz Jr.

James Lentz is our director for our next production  "A Murder Is Announced" 

Director’s Notes Dear Friends,      A Murder is Announced is a classic murder mystery set in post World War II England.  In this story, the many motives for murder are included.  From greed, to jealousy, and of course passion, this story has it all.  The only question is which of the suspects have which motives, and which of these are enough to lead to murder.  Please join Inspector Craddock and the enigmatic Miss Marple as they match wits with the person or persons responsible in a tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat.     The above is, of course, a classic teaser for promotional use but is never the less accurate.  I was very excited by the prospect of directing a mystery play, since mysteries were among my favorite stories for as long as I can remember.  Staying up late on Sundays to see the mystery show on PBS was the perfect way to start the week, or end the weekend.  From Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, to Sherlock Holmes and Ellery Queen, this genre has been an important part of my life.  I am proud now to help bring to you this story, in which every character is important and every nuance relevant.  Whether the ending is a surprise, or the savvy among you get it right off, I hope you enjoy this performance as thoroughly as we have enjoyed bringing it to you. James Lentz Jr.Director

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Our Show Opens!!!

West Allis Players is proud to present our spring show, "A Murder is Announced." This Agatha Christie thriller runs at 7:30 p.m. April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at West Allis Central Auditorium, 85th and Lincoln Ave.
This final week -- tech week -- is when it all comes together. The acting, costumes, lighting, sound, set and props all appear through the efforts of a fantastic backstage crew. Our stage manager, Ruth Caves and props mistress, Beth Bland are busy coordinating all the unseen jobs that are so important to the show. (So far, my extra jobs -- in addition to my role -- involve striking the book and newspaper and setting the cigarette box. Got it.) We also have to be careful not to disrupt any drying paint and walk around any working tech people who may be on stage.
Don't forget to use your Entertainment Book coupon which will give you the buy-one-get-one bonus. In addition, any moneys realized from our intermission sales goes to our scholarship fund. This spring one student from Central and another from Nathan Hale will receive a stipend toward their college expenses.
We hope you come to see "A Murder is Announced." If you have been reading our blogs but have never seen one of our shows, this may be the perfect time to check us out. We also hope you patronize our advertisers. Their support is very important to us.
Now, on with the show!

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