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Serving up drama

Maranatha students are serving up a little mystery this weekend, sandwiched between salad, dinner and dessert. Everyone is invited to attend "And So They Had None," which will be performed at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Maranatha Academy. The d...

Maranatha students are serving up a little mystery this weekend, sandwiched between salad, dinner and dessert. Everyone is invited to attend "And So They Had None," which will be performed at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Maranatha Academy. The dinner mystery theater mixes nine quirky characters, a string of nursery rhymes and disappearing items together for a night of fun.

"It's crazy fun, there are jokes that adults will love and stunts kids will find hilarious," said Keith Russell, school administrator.

It's a lighthearted farce, according to director Chris Johnson, an English teacher at the school.

"Nothing in it can be taken seriously," she said.

The three-course comedy features nine Maranatha students - including every high school boy.

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"Two families are two-thirds of the play," Johnson said.

Ted Hammersborg plays a rich tycoon with the ability to devour six dozen cookies in one swipe. Autumn Bass' character is an all-around snoop who has watched every episode of "Murder She Wrote" and has yet to correctly pick whodunit. Shake in a pompous deacon played by Daniel Mack, a computer nerd played by David Mack, a work-out fanatic played by Kit Smart and an extravagant German played by Marie Hammersborg. Whip in an Agatha Christie fan played by Becca Mack and her sports obsessed husband, played by Ryan Mack. Meg Baillie spices it up as an IRS agent who loves taxes, and Katie Johnson stirs things up as the narrator.

The production has been a school-wide project. The students and Russell built the set; art students decorated it.

Those who attend the play will also receive a homemade dinner, prepared by school families. There will be a salad course after the first scene, lasagna with garlic bread after the second scene and, if the young sleuths can deduce who pilfered it, Boston cream pie for dessert. Admission to the show is by donation, but those planning to attend must RSVP by Thursday by calling the school, 715-399-8757 or via email at maracademy@gmail.com . The performance will be held at the school, 4916 S. State Road 35.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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