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LMC presents musical ‘Curtains’ Sept. 30-Oct. 4

Article Published: Sep. 22, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 4, 2011

Lees-McRae College Performing Arts will present the murder mystery musical, “Curtains,” Sept. 30-Oct. 3.

“‘Curtains’ is a backstage whodunit in which an overhyped and no-talent “star” is murdered during her first curtain call. A Boston detective is called in to solve the crime, and everyone’s a suspect — the domineering producer, the formerly married songwriting team, the egotistical director and a chorus full of Broadway hopefuls,” director Michael Hannah said. “Will the detective find the killer? Will the producer have a hit? Will justice and romance prevail? Of course. It’s a Broadway musical.”

“Curtains” features music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Rupert Holmes and John Kander.
The show opens Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium on the LMC campus, with additional performances Oct. 1, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

“When I first saw ‘Curtains’ on Broadway a few years ago, I didn’t imagine that I’d eventually be directing it for Lees-McRae, but it is a great choice for us,” Hanna said. “‘Curtains’ is a new musical written to look and sound like an old-fashioned show with wonderful music, great characters and a lot of fun.

“It will be especially enjoyable for people who know and love musicals, and as the last major work written by the classic team of Kander and Ebb, it’s a tribute to their decades-long careers as creators of some of Broadway’s most beloved shows. We’ve been able to give lots of our students a chance to perform, especially many of our new and incredibly talented freshmen. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them on ‘Curtains’ and getting to know them better.”

Following “Curtains” is the classic Shakespeare comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Tessa Carr Nov. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

All performances are held in Hayes Auditorium on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased at the door. The box office opens one hour before show time. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and children. For more information, call the box office at (828) 898-8709.

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