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Curtain up on Murder thrills audience

Rebecca Nowak

October 24, 2018

Murder mystery thriller comes to Heritage Hall

By Meg Dickens
Freelance Writer

Curtain up on Murder is a murder mystery thriller presented by the Johnson County Community Theatre Players at Heritage Hall Theatre. It is a play within a play where an amateur theatre troupe becomes trapped in their venue during a late night rehearsal. Tensions run high as the group clashes; death and sordid affairs leave them ill at ease. One death could be an accident, but the chain of events is too odd to be a coincidence. Will they survive the stormy night or succumb to the killer in their midst? Follow the many twists and turns to figure out who is behind it all.

This play is the directorial debut of actor and pastor Ray Branch. Branch is no stranger to Heritage Hall. Locals may recognize him for his former parts such as Baby Crumpler in Doublewide, Texas and Peter Marshall in A Man Called Peter. Branch both directs and plays the role of Harry in what one character describes as “the show to end all shows.”

This production of Curtain up on Murder is dedicated to Dean Whitworth. Whitworth was an actor, activist and forest advocate who passed away this September. His friends sorely miss him at the Johnson County Community Theatre. Before the show began, Branch revealed that Whitworth was a huge inspiration for him.

“I want to thank the late Dean Whitworth for showing me through his amazing example what directing is all about,” said Branch.

Did you miss Curtain up on Murder? Catch one of this weekend’s performances on October 26 at 7 pm and October 27 at 3 pm and 7 pm. Contact the Heritage Hall box office at 423-727-7444 or buy your tickets at the door. Keep an eye out for upgrades at Heritage Hall Theatre. Improved security, online ticket sales and more are currently in the works. Heritage Hall has already planned 60 events for the 2019 season.