West Prairie High School Drama Club to perform Peter Kennedy’s whodunit “Alibis”

MACOMB — Murder and mischief are on the dinner menu this Friday and Saturday at West Prairie High School.
The WPHS Drama Club will be presenting the whodunit play “Alibis” by Peter Kennedy this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with gymnasium doors open for seating at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and cost $4 for adults, $2 for students age five and up, and children under five are free.
Dinner guests arrive during a storm at the mansion of famous actress Primavera Donna, only to discover their absent host seems to have missed her own party – permanently. While the guests search for clues and try to find who is responsible, yet more strange and mysterious individuals arrive, complicating matters greatly…particularly when the body count starts to rise.
Stranded by the storm which has washed out the bridge and taken out the phone line, the guests soon realize that everyone among them has a secret, and some may not be all that they seem. Will they discover who the murderer is before they all wind up dead? And perhaps most importantly, who will get the rights to the movie that is sure to come out of this situation?
“Alibis” marks the first scripted play at WPHS for director Marcus Bailey, who arrived this year to teach freshman and sophomore English. It’s not his first encounter with drama, however. Previously, he led the November variety show, where students from all grades were invited to display their particular talents. Prior to his arrival at WPHS, Bailey helped direct plays at Camp Point Central, and was highly involved with drama throughout high school and college.
Co-director Lucy Pierce said the group has been practicing in the library since mid-February. Prom at WPHS takes place earlier than other schools, she said, so the stage only became available two weeks ago. The set – replete with furnishings from Pierce’s house and an impressive suit of armor belonging to Bailey – was just decorated last week.
The directors and cast have had to work around the students’ many other activities at this busy time of year. “We’re the last cookie in the jar, but we’ve managed to get the play together very well,” Pierce said.
The unusual practice venue and scheduling difficulties haven’t presented too much concern for the students, who have taken the challenges in stride. “We have a good time with the students,” she said. “We feel a relaxed atmosphere (with them).”
She said the play promises to have plenty of sound effects, hijinks, running jokes and “bodies all over the place.”
For more information, contact Marcus Bailey at baileym@wp103.org.

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