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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

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John Bishop
Dramatists Play Services, INC.
Director Staff: 
Director: Vance Arnold
Assistant Director: Josue Nunez
Assistant Director: Aubreigh Sabbota

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 backer's audition 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 the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and 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—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.


Audition Dates

  • Wed, 01/29/2014 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

    Please arrive at or before 8pm.

  • Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm

    Please arrive at or before 9:30pm.

  • Sun, 02/02/2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Please arrive at or before 4pm.

Performance Dates

The Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium (LTU Science Building, S100)
Venue Address: 
2100 West Ten Mile Southfield, MI 48075
Ticket Cost: 
LTU Students (with LTU ID): Free
General Admission: $5.00
Non-LTU Student Discount (student ID required): $3.00
Group Rates: Available upon request (email:
Special Thanks: 

Geoff Trowbridge: Sheet music and samples for "Everyone Can Do It Better" and "White House Merry-Go-Round".

Dr. Weinstein: SODA's Advisor.

Wally Bizon and LTU Media Services: Audio, Stage Services, and Videography.

Dr. Scott Schneider: Consultation, advice, and reinforcement!

Dean Bauer and the College of Arts and Science: Publication assistance, advice, and always being quick to assist.

Ronald Jenkins, Jr.: Stage direction and set construction.

Jacob Tincknell: For poster and advertisement graphic design.

Andreea Vasile: Photography and archiving.

Cast Members

Kaitlin CaseyHelsa Wenzel
Emily VottaElsa Von Grossenknueten
Jillian HillMichael Kelly
Grant BeuschelPatrick O'Reilly
Taylor BresslerKen De La Maize
Amanda EspinosaNikki Crandall
Melanie MaierMarjorie Baverstock
Ben ErvinEddie McCuen
Marcel CloutierRoger Hopewell
Kaitlin AdamskiBernice Roth

Crew Members

Joe LongTechnical Director
Vicky LencioneCostumes Manager
Nikki TurkusCostumes
Mackenzie MorisonLighting Console Operator
Madison HooverLighting Engineer
Wally Bizon (LTU Media Services)Audio Engineer and Console Operator
Kai SchmidtProps Manager
Patrick FeliksaStage Crew
Caitlyn BrushStage Crew
Kenny FitzgeraldHouse Manager
Lizzy BenderGuest Relations
Dana NovakGuest Relations
Mari WeaverGuest Relations
Gabe (Jaberiel) StroeConstruction Manager
Mohamed RomolinoSet Construction
Jason JanickiSet Construction