‘The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery’ opens at St. Bernard, shows continue Friday and Saturday

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The actors in a murder mystery struggle with their show.  (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune) 

CULLMAN, Ala. – St. Bernard Prep School’s Drama Department premiered “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery” Thursday evening at the Byre theater on the campus of St. Bernard Abbey. 

Pioneer Drama Service, which licenses the show, offers this description:  

“The players at The Murder Mystery Playhouse are rehearsing a new show, ‘Putting a Little English on It.’ It’s a not-so-good attempt at a British murder mystery, complete with cheesy dramatic music and British accents. As expected at the final dress rehearsal, the lights go out and a character dies onstage — only this murder wasn’t in the script! The authorities are quickly called and soon, the company finds themselves replaying the death scene. When yet another person dies at the end of the same scene, the cast finds themselves replaying the same scene over and over for other investigators, a theater critic and even the playwright himself! But every time they get to the end of the scene, someone else ends up with a fire poker in the chest. The actors are left scratching their heads at the strange circumstances and also worry that they could be next. It all culminates in a wild surprise ending in which the actors must work together to defeat the murderer before he murders them all.”  

As the cast and crew were putting on the finishing touches Thursday afternoon, Director Ashleigh Russell told The Tribune, “The joy has been getting to know these guys in just a little more intimate atmosphere of practice, not just in a classroom setting. But that’s also the struggle, as well, because we’re not in a classroom setting, we don’t meet every day. But we put costumes on last night, the lights were turned down, and they are ready to go tonight!” 

At a glance 

“The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery” by the St. Bernard Prep Drama Department  

Friday-Saturday, May 6-8, 2021 at the Byre Theater on the campus of St. Bernard Abbey  

Shows Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 and are available by calling the school at 256-739-6682 and will also be available the day of the show at the door. 

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