CSU Theatre Season Opens with Murder, Mystery, Humor

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The 2007-2008 theatre season at Columbus State University opens in October with murder, mystery and comedy.

Combining classic mystery-thriller elements with unpredictable plot twists and side-splitting humor, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” runs Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at the CSU Theatre on the Park in downtown Columbus.

Playwright John Bishop’s comedy takes place in a mansion, where a gathering for a Broadway backer’s audition includes characters previously associated with a musical marred by the murders of three chorus girls. Subsequently, as described in the CSU billing, “secret passages are revealed, vengeance is sworn and bodies tumble out of closets.”

Under the direction of CSU professor Tim McGraw, the play’s 10 CSU-student performers are described as “truly an ensemble cast,” as they tackle Bishop’s humorous take on 1940s mystery movies.

Accentuating the time period, a recorded original score by CSU music professor Joseph Golden will accompany the stage action.

Designed for an audience ranging from senior citizens to high school students, and everyone in between, this comedy offers viewers more than just a show, as they are challenged to figure out the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher” in this twisted whodunit. “Everyone loves a good comedy, and this also has a few twists along the way,” said CSU Theatre Arts Manager April Waldron.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni. Current CSU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with CSU ID.

Box office (corner of 10th Street and Bay Avenue) hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and one hour before curtain. Season tickets also are available. To order by phone or for more information, call 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/tickets.asp.