Southeastern Illinois College this weekend will present the "Stage Door Slasher," part of John Bishop's "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940."
The set-up of the show is as follows: The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered by a mysterious so-called "Stage Door Slasher," assemble for a backer's audition for their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, a blizzard traps them. Bodies start to drop, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions.
To assist with some stage combat involved in the show, director Allan Kimball called upon a former SIC student turned professional wrestler, Austin Cravens, to choreograph some of the on-stage fights. SIC student Zach Mitchell wrote music to fit the lyrics of the show.
The show will run at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 in the George T. Dennis Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and SIC staff. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or may be purchased in advance by phone at 618-252-5400 extension 2486 or 618-841-4649 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— The Southern