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Bishop Ireton High School Something’s Afoot

By • Nov 29th, 2012 • Category: Cappies

The show opens on a lively group of characters looking forward to a relaxing weekend getaway in Lord Rancour’s mansion. Then a flash of thunder, the realization that Lord Rancour is dead and the knowledge that they are suddenly trapped in his mansion by a storm with his murderer. Sound like an Agatha Christie murder novel? Not quite. It’s Bishop Ireton’s comedic musical whodunit parody of her novels appropriately entitled Something’s Afoot.

A show that started small in a regional theatre in 1972, Something’s Afoot rapidly grew into a big hit that entered the Broadway world in 1976. Ten characters are left to determine who among them is the murderer while attempting to avoid a terrible fate themselves. The cast includes Miss Tweed, a spritely old lady who appoints herself leader of the survivors; Geoffrey and Hope, a pair of starry-eyed lovers; Nigel, the devious legal heir to Lord Rancour; the seductive Lady Grace; the self-respecting Colonel Gillweather; and more.

Something’s Afoot was the perfect choice to showcase the skills of eleven remarkably talented high school actors. Every member of the cast was an amazing asset with something of their own to bring to the production, and each character was well-developed, interesting, and memorable. Not only was the delivery and quality of the lines spot-on, but the characters’ stage movements also aided in the comic success of the show.

Though the production was mostly ensemble, there were a few characters who were clear stand-outs by their exceptional stage presence. Miss Tweed, played by Sarah Moffit, had the audience in stitches with her unparalleled use of expression and tone. Brenna Carroll shined in the role of Hope Langdon, and her soprano voice was easy on the ears, featuring seemingly effortless high-pitched notes. Joey Ledonio was utterly convincing as Geoffrey, easily falling into the young, love struck dynamic of the character.

Having such a small cast, it was a given that each character would interact with all the others in one way or another. However, there was one dynamic duo that caught the audience’s eye with their clear-cut chemistry and ability to adopt class structure English accents: Catherine Schreiber, who portrayed Lettie, the maid; and Joseph Green, who was a natural fit alongside her as Flint, the caretaker. Both saucy characters found their way to each other in a farcical number entitled “Dinghy.” In addition, “Suspicious,” which, led by the ever-charming Sarah Moffit, was a crowd favorite with nicely crafted choreography that kept the audience perched on the edge of their seats.

Several technical aspects, namely the fully functional, detailed, dual-level set; designed by Andy Santalla, Mary Bukoski, Annalin Woo, and Megan Brusnalan and built by students, impressively enhanced the show. In addition, costumes made by Meg Webster, Charlotte Rodger, Charlotte Kuhn, and Becky Littlefield appropriately reflected the style and aura of the time period. Lighting and sound effects contributed effectively to the mysterious thrill of the plot.

Overall, Something’s Afoot was entertaining and pleasing to watch. Innuendos started out subtle and then grew broader as the show progressed, capturing the humorous nature of love at first sight and forgotten affection, and characters reacted to well-delivered lines in ways that made the audience roar. The cast successfully transformed an unhappy topic into one of laughter and comedy, resulting in a truly fantastic piece of theatre.

by Katelyn Sparks of South County High School

Photo Gallery

Joseph Hammett (Dr Grayburn) Jack Ladd ( Nigel Rancour), Sarah Moffit (Miss Tweed), and Jack Freeland (Col. Gillweather)
Joseph Hammett (Dr Grayburn)
Jack Ladd ( Nigel Rancour), Sarah Moffit (Miss Tweed), and Jack Freeland (Col. Gillweather)
Jack Ladd Brenna Carroll, Sarah Moffit, Joey Ledonio
Jack Ladd
Brenna Carroll, Sarah Moffit, Joey Ledonio

Photos by Catherine Schreiber

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