Posted on 03 March 2020
In 2018, the Secondary Drama Department presented the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as a distinctive co-curricular performance opportunity for interested secondary students.
In 2020, the Drama Department will be facilitating another unique performance opportunity. This activity will culminate in the presentation of a full-length play, with a date to be advised in due course.
This event aims to showcase the strong acting talents of OC students as well as cultivating a collaborative Drama ensemble.
This play is an entertaining and light-hearted tribute to mystery thrillers, the twists and turns of Agatha Christie and detective fiction like Sherlock Holmes. Classic "whodunits”. In the style of television shows like The Office, it also offers a comical backstage pass into the world of theatre.
This play tells the story of a lone detective who must solve a series of “whodunits” that take place behind the scenes of a fictional 1950s theatre show. The cast is forced to stay inside the theatre while the police detective unravels the mystery along with getting involved in the show.
The title of this play is “Curtains”. The centrepiece of every theatre. As the cast reveal, “our days are tied to curtains, they rise and they fall, we’re born every night at half hour call”. This piece is a Tony Award winning show that has played on Broadway in New York. The play not only contains inventive references to thrillers and the detective mystery genre, but also celebrates the camaraderie of ‘putting on a show’ and provides a comical insight into rehearsals and performance.
“Curtains” is a compelling mystery thriller and a valentine to the theatre. The show is equal parts intelligent, warm, good-natured and crowd-pleasing.
The Drama Department is thrilled to share our company of mighty ‘show people’:
Book by Rupert Holmes
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Original Book and Concept by Peter Stone
Additional Lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes
Originally Produced on Broadway by Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group. American Premiere Produced at The Ahmanson Theatre by Center Theatre Group, LA’s Theatre Company.
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL ON BEHALF OF THEATRICAL RIGHTS WORLDWIDE, NEW YORK