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Prepare to be mystified at Cottonwood drama

Murder and mayhem will take place on the Buhler Hall stage Nov. 30-Dec. 2 as Cottonwood Community Drama presents "Murder Takes the Veil".

Murder and mayhem will take place on the Buhler Hall stage Nov. 30-Dec. 2 as Cottonwood Community Drama presents "Murder Takes the Veil".

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Cottonwood Community Drama invites you to a night of mystery and suspense as they present their production, Murder Takes the Veil.
The play takes place in the 1950’s at a girl’s college at St. Aurelien’s, a school run by an order of nuns in southern Louisiana.
Trillium, a senior at St. Aurelien’s, notices someone has brought an object to the college, an item that once belonged to her murdered father years earlier. Is it a coincidence this object shows up the same time that three male instructors are hired at the college for the first time?
Trillium senses she is in grave danger. And when her best friend is found murdered she is terrified for her own life. She and her friend were wearing identical costumes for the school play.
So, the murderer is at St. Aurelien’s, but who is it?
“Just like a true murder mystery, you have to wait until the end to find out,” says director Rudy Krahn.
This is Cottonwood’s 10th drama and Krahn says he chose something a little more dark and dramatic for this anniversary year. “I came across this script about three years ago and I liked it instantly. There was something very Agatha Christie about it. It was well written, with one set, which makes for minimal interruptions, so you don’t break up the tension.”
Krahn says he likes to stretch the actors by choosing different genres every year. “It’s always good to keep challenging your cast to stretch beyond their own personalities and the characters they’re used to playing,” he says. “This is a serious drama, so actors who are used to playing comedic roles are definitely stepping outside of their box.”
He says there is an impressive cast of 25, made up of local actors, and one from Pembina, ND.
“It’s the second year we’ve been international. Last year we had a family from Neche. Word really gets around about this community theatre.”
Working with this script presented very few challenges, he says. “The script really speaks for itself and allows the actors and the technical people to really stretch their talents.”
He says there’s something about community theatre that just improves over time. “Many of the actors return year after year, and there’s a sense of familiarity and community that occurs within the cast. As a director, you come to know just how far you can push someone’s abilities.”
The play is a true who-dun-it that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. “And the only way you’ll find out who-dun-it is by watching the play,” Krahn says.
The suspense takes place Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Buhler Hall in Gretna.
Tickets are available at www.mciblues.net or call 204-327-5891. Adult admission is $17 and 17 and under is $12.
Due to the intensity of some of the scenes, this drama is not recommended for children under the age of 5.