September 12, 2011
Performing Arts presents musical Curtains Sept. 30-Oct. 4

Lees-McRae College Performing Arts will present
the murder mystery musical Curtains Sept. 30-Oct. 4.

"Curtains is a backstage whodunit in which an over-hyped and no-talent 'star' is murdered during her first curtain call. A Boston detective is called in to solve the crime, and everyone's a suspect - the domineering producer, the formerly married song-writing team, the egotistical director and a chorus full of Broadway hopefuls," said Director Dr. Michael Hannah. "Will the detective find the killer? Will the producer have a hit? Will justice and romance prevail? Of course! It's a Broadway musical!"

Curtains features music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Rupert Holmes and John Kander. Directed by Dr. Michael Hannah, the show opens Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium with additional performances Oct. 1, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

"When I first saw Curtains on Broadway a few years ago, I didn't imagine that I'd eventually be directing it for Lees-McRae, but it is a great choice for us. Curtains is a new musical written to look and sound like an old-fashioned show with wonderful music, great characters and a lot of fun," said Hannah.

"It will be especially enjoyable for people who know and love musicals, and as the last major work written by the classic team of Kander and Ebb, it's a tribute to their decades-long careers as creators of some of Broadway's most beloved shows," Hannah continued.
"We've been able to give lots of our students a chance to perform, especially many of our new and incredibly talented freshmen. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them on Curtains and getting to know them better."

Following Curtains is the classic Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing directed by Dr. Tessa Carr November 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and November 20 at 2 p.m.

All performances are held in Hayes Auditorium on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased at the door. The box office opens one hour before show time. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and children. For information call the box office at 828-898-8709.

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