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  • Sleuthing and singing: It's 'Curtains' at BSHS

  • Chris Hendrix has mixed feelings about being in his last musical at Blue Springs High School. On the one hand, the senior is relieved, but on the other, he is sad that he will no longer have the opportunity to work with the people he has over the last four years.

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  • Chris Hendrix has mixed feelings about being in his last musical at Blue Springs High School. On the one hand, the senior is relieved, but on the other, he is sad that he will no longer have the opportunity to work with the people he has over the last four years.
    “I am looking forward to the journey in front of me,” said Hendrix, who plays Lt. Frank Cioffi in the high school’s production of “Curtains.” “I am grateful that I had the chance to be in the shows that I did. I will miss these guys though.”
    “Curtains” is a musical from the creators of “Cabaret” and “Chicago” and is based on the book and concept by Peter Stone. The murder-mystery is set in 1959 Boston and follows a group of actors in the aftermath of the murder of one of their costars. The musical premiered in Los Angels in 2006 and later hit the Broadway stage.
    “Curtains” is at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students.
    “We decided to do this musical after perusing through several different shows,” said Lisa Lowman, director of the musical. “It was just out on Broadway, so we thought we would try it. All of the students are doing really good with the material.”
    Senior Michaelah Burns plays Georgia Hendricks, an experienced actor who knows exactly what is happening in show business. Burns said she enjoys the musical because she actually gets to play two different characters - Georgia and Georgia’s character in the play.
    “It is like a show within a show, so I get to play two completely different characters. Both are very fun,” she said. “My favorite scene is ‘Thataway!’ It is this huge dance number with a bunch of people in it. We have these big costumes, and the whole thing is just a lot of fun.”
    Senior Korrie Murphy plays Niki Harris, a girl who is naive to the real world and still sees the good in every person. Murphy said her biggest challenge is finding a balance between the singing and acting her role requires.
    “This is definitely more of an acting role than a singing role, which has been a challenge for me to make that kind of transition,” she said. “The show is really funny, which I think will appeal to a lot of people. They will also love all of the big dance numbers and all of the singing and acting. It really is a different type of show.”
     
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