The cast of Brooke Hills Playhouse’s “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” are ready to welcome audiences for the final shows this weekend to celebrate the Playhouse’s 50th season. – Contributed

WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Playhouse puts on her latest show, “The 1940 Musical Murders”, for another weekend of shows from Friday to Sunday before the end of the 50th celebratory season.

Written by John Bishop, “The 1940 Musical Murders” engages the public in a mystery as to who “Stage door slasher” could possibly be. After killing three chorus girls on a previous Broadway show, what does the slasher hope to do at a Chappaqua, NY mansion during an elite theatrical planning shoot? The realization quickly becomes apparent as the bodies begin to fall almost immediately. Could the Slasher be hiding behind the sliding door or revolving door leading to dark and unfamiliar passages in the mansion? Is the Slasher one of the guests?

Follansbee director Amy Balog credits her talented cast with top-notch entertainment to reveal plot twists. The cast members are Andrew Dillie and Shannon Box of Wellsburg; Rob DeSantis, Carly Balog and Sarah Tennant of Follansbee; Dan Harry of Bethany; James “Concert” Purcell of Weirton; Richard “Turn” Oliver of Chester; Justin Swoyer of Wheeling; and Michelle Turner from Wintersville.

Balog predicts that audiences will be drawn into the 1940 era through furniture and costumes. She explained this “The show is written from a comedic stance and takes a lot of humor from biased beliefs, which in no way represent real people. The characters are written and interpreted to be exaggerated.

Brooke County Arts Council President Julia Barnhart expressed her gratitude to everyone involved in this special 50th season and encouraged area residents to come experience the Slasher. “Our alumni celebration in July had everyone on cloud nine, practically,” Barnhart commented. “We had people from all over the country coming back for lunch, our Open Mic Night and our Playhouse Rewind with wonderful songs from old musicals. They were all magical moments.

Sharon Murphy Coote, founder of Playhouse, was among the attendees.

“It was just nice to meet and greet everyone who had special memories in our pre-Civil War apple barn turned into a theater”, Barnhart said. “As I speak to you, another meeting is scheduled. To our many patrons, please plan to see this final show. I know you will love it.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office, which opens one hour before each performance. Adult tickets cost $ 12; people aged 55 and over and students are $ 10; and children 12 and under are $ 8. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. The Sunday performance begins at 2 p.m.

Brooke Hills Playhouse is located in Brooke Hills Park in Wellsburg.

Municipal Mutual Insurance Co. and Traubert’s Pharmacy are seasonal sponsors of the Playhouse.

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