Keystone Oaks High School recently presented the Broadway hit, “Curtains.”
Shane Hallam, who directed last year’s “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which earned Keystone Oaks a school record eight Gene Kelly Award nominations and the school’s second ever Gene Kelly Award (best costume design), will direct this year’s performance as well. He described “Curtains” as a comedy whodunit set in Boston in the late ‘50s.
“The show is about how a cast and crew and a few detectives from the Boston P-D work together to not only save themselves from a murderer who has infiltrated the theatre but who also find a way to save their show,” said Hallam. “The entire premise is completely preposterous and that’s part of what makes it so funny.”
Hallam admits to feeling some pressure coming off last year’s show, which earned so much acclaim from audiences and critics alike. However, he is confident that this year’s show will also deliver.
“Pulling off a comedic musical like ‘Curtains’ is no easy task and not everyone can do it,” acknowledged Hallam. “You need to have a lot of people in your cast who understand how to be funny on the stage without trampling all over the story itself. Fortunately, we have a number of young men and women in the cast who are talented and experienced enough to pull that off.”
Hallam acknowledges that there are some similarities between last year’s show and this one and that is one of the reasons for his optimism. “Like ‘Chaperone,’ ‘Curtains’ is a show within a show and they both also make fun of musicals themselves,” said Hallam.
Keystone Oaks High School senior Darren Frederick played the show’s lead, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi. That role was played by David Hyde Pierce (“Frazier”) in the original Broadway production. One day, Lt. Cioffi, a policeman by day and musical theatre enthusiast by night, is thrust into action to investigate the mysterious murder of the lead actress of a local performance. It is a classic send-up of backstage murder mystery plots of a bygone era. It is up to Frank Cioffi to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself.