By: Mitch Hughes
Bellbrook High School’s theatre program had its first showing of this year’s fall play, “Madame’s Been Murdered; Tea Will Be Late,” on Thursday, November 20. The play adds a comical twist to a classic murder mystery format. This comical twist, directed by mastermind teacher Ms. Brown and stage crew led by Mr. Gogol, was executed brilliantly by Bellbrook’s finest student actors in front of their peers in two showings.
I happened to be a member of the audience of the first showing Thursday morning and I was thoroughly impressed with the talent of each and every cast member. The acts were carried out seamlessly which is quite rare for the first showing of any play and a true testament to the amount of dedication these students put into this performance. Bellbrook’s fall play has traditionally been a murder mystery but this year’s show managed to change up some details to make the play much more exciting without deviating from the general structure of a classic murder mystery.
I spoke with cast member Zach Chew, who is performing for the first time as a senior, before the show. When I asked Chew what he thought would make this play special from murder mysteries that BHS has done before, he said, “I think this cast is very unique, and will deliver a performance unlike any other BHS has ever seen before.” The closeness between cast members he described would certainly contribute to a smooth show, and was clearly evident in what I witnessed. Since this was Mr. Chew’s first ever show, I asked him what he was most nervous about and he replied, “I’m most nervous about the pressure in the presence of a large audience. I think it may affect my acting. I just have to focus and I’ll be okay.” Lastly, I asked Chew what he thought, without revealing too much, the crowd might expect to see that they haven’t seen from a Bellbrook play before and he said, “My presence is a present. Kiss my cast.” I wasn’t quite sure how to respond to this, but it was obviously quite comical. This chat with Chew gave me some pretty high expectations for this year’s show and any expectation I had was exceeded. Zach’s quirky sense of humor was evident in our conversation and throughout the play.