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Hamilton drama to present “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”

Hamilton High School Drama Society invites the community to “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” Feb. 11-13 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Shows begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.

In this comedy-mystery by John Bishop, the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”, assemble for a performance of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the “Slasher” unmasked as the audience is treated to this irreverent, witty satire.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com or 30 minutes before the show at the HFAC Box Office.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.