Thursday, February 23, 2017

"The Game's Afoot" Opens Again Tonight!

The sounds of doors slamming, knifes stabbing and gun shots are once again coming from the Ted Paul Theatre tonight as Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot opens again to an excited audience.

If you missed it last weekend, here's a little synopsis. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired by the world over his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his castle in Connecticut for the weekend. But when one of his guests gets stabbed to death, the festivities in his house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Gillette assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this whodunit murder mystery.

Daniel Lane, who plays the Sherlock Holmes character William Gillette, is no stranger to MSU theatre. A senior BFA in Musical Theatre, he's treasuring his last days on the Ted Paul stage. "I love working with the cast. We feed off of each other's energy really nicely. It was a fun experience setting up such a ridiculously fun mystery."

Daniel Lane as William Gillette
Photo credit: Amanda Dyslin
Daniel Lane and Delanie Wiedrich
Photo credit: Amanda Dyslin

Not only will audiences be impressed with the actors, but the set is phenomenal. It's designed by Jayme Beerling, a Senior BFA in Stage Management. Her remarkably intricate set design provides the perfect playing space for this comedy. Audiences are bound to be mesmerized.

Opening Night! Set Design and photo credit: Jayme Beerling

Also familiar with the Ted Paul stage is Sophomore BFA in Musical Theatre, Mitchell Evans. "This is actually the first play I've ever acted in and it's been a really fun process. It's a really small and intimate cast which allows us to play around a lot, both on and off stage. It's also been really fun learning about the time period."

Mikhayla Clausen, who plays Gillette's mother Martha, lives up to her reputation as a stunning comedic actress. "The cast is so talented and any Sherlock Holmes lover would enjoy this show! Plus, there is a dog, which is always a plus!"

Daniel Lane
Photo credit: Amanda Dyslin

Daniel Lane and Delanie Wiedrich
Photo credit: Amanda Dyslin

You won't want to miss this show, and you still have 5 more chances to see it! There are 7:30 PM performances tonight through Saturday, and two matinee performances at 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. As always you can get your tickets at or at the box office from 4-6 Monday through Friday. 507-389-6661. We hope to see you this weekend!

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