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Murder Mystery Mayhem is Brought To UWRF Stage

OCT. 7, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Theatre welcomes its first show of the year, the murder mystery musical, "Something's Afoot!" opening Oct. 23 and running Oct. 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by theater professor James Zimmerman, the show brings a cast of 10 to their unfortunate ends.

Originally written in 1971 by James McDonald, Robert Gerlach, and David Vos, the show was revived most recently on Broadway in the 1980s. Loosely based on Agatha Christie's "Twelve Little Indians," the show parodies all things "detective" with wacky deaths and catchy songs. There's only one catch; the butler didn't do it!               

"'Something's Afoot' is wonderful little lost gem of a show," says director James Zimmerman. "It is a script that could leave an audience laughing in the aisles even without the music. Add to that clever ensemble numbers, duets and solos, and 'Something's Afoot' becomes the gem it is."

Senior Angle Brelie is Miss Tweed, an amateur detective who leads the cast of houseguests through suspicions and many murders.

"There are so many different personality types here, and we all are looking into our characters in different ways," she says. "As to my character specifically, Miss Tweed is sort of one of those older ladies that would be turning into "the cat lady" if not for her books. She obviously takes them to heart, and thinks just because she has read them all she knows exactly how to go about solving the murder."

For more information contact the University Box Office at 715.425.3114. The box office is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and an hour prior to performance. Tickets are $8 for students and $14 for adults.

The cast includes:

Hope Langdon: Abbi Bennett, a freshman theatre arts major from Duluth, Minn.

Colonel Gilweather: Marc Berg, a junior marketing communications major from Rosemount, Minn.

Flint: Mark Bradt, a junior international studies major from North St. Paul, Minn.

Miss Tweed: Angel Brelie, a senior theatre arts major from Mora, Minn.

Dr. Grayburn: David Frank, a senior mathematics major from Deer Park.

Lettie: Rachel Hafele, junior theatre arts major from Forest Lake, Minn.

Nigel: Adam LeMarr, a freshman music major from Muskego.

Geoffrey: Greg Lund, a senior theatre arts major from Woodville.

Lady Grace Manley-Prowe: Hannah Tjoflat, a sophomore music major from Wrightstown.

Clive: James Zappa, a freshman from Maplewood, Minn.

Photo, above: UW-River Falls students, Angel Brelie, a senior theatre arts major from Mora, Minn., Greg Lund a senior theatre arts major from Woodville , and Abbie Bennett, a freshman theatre arts major from Duluth, Minn. , star in the cast of "Something's Afoot," opening Oct. 23 and running Oct. 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Brelie portrays Miss Tweed, an amateur detective who leads the cast of houseguests through a maze of suspicious mayhem after the murder of wealth Lord Dudley Rancour, who has invited the guests to his lake estate.

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