Murder at the Art Show – Saturday, 8/17

By Michael Druce

Youth Production (ages 7-16)

Director: Amber Ryan

Date: Saturday, August 17

Time: 2:30 PM or 3:30 PM  

Location: Asante Library 16755 W Vereda Solana Dr., Surprise, AZ

Prepare: Cold readings from the script. Plan on staying for 1 hour.

Production Fee: $200 (if cast)

Rehearsals Begin:  August 20 (rehearsals scheduled Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Performances:  October 4 & 5 at the West Valley Arts HQ

Description

Everyone’s an art critic…  but who’s serious enough to kill over it?!

Sloane Akers is doing her best to keep afloat the Harriet Anderson Gallery (aka HAG) she inherited from her late Aunt Harriet.  Standing in her way is Harriet’s conniving boyfriend, Jacob Smote, who wants to tear down the gallery and replace it with a sports complex.

Desperate to save the gallery, Sloane plans to unveil a previously unseen masterpiece — her friend Maryann Manet’s lost Monet — along with works of some other well-known artists, including abstract painter Paxton Haddock and commercially successful gnome house extraordinaire, Tabitha Cincannon.  But Jason hates all that “pretentious mumbo jumbo” and plots to wreck the evening by inviting slimy chauvinist and everybody’s ex-boyfriend, Blake Slocombe, to serve as emcee for Sloane’s make-or-break showing.

By the end of the evening, Murder at the Art Show paints the perfect picture of greed, jealousy, and deception as a priceless Monet goes missing, art is hysterically destroyed, and a murder mystery is unveiled.

Cast

Sloan Akers…………Owner of the gallery

Ellie Cousins…………Sloan’s friend and employee

Jason Smote……………….Entrepreneur, despises art

Meredith Dish…………Jason’s Assistant

Maryanne Manet…………..Wealthy art collector

Blake Slocombe…………………Art critic

Tabitha Cincannon……Artist of gnome houses

Paxton Haddock………..Abstract artist

Art Frobisher……………….Investigator

John Smith……………Art gallery visitor

Susie……………..Precocious art student

 

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