‘Murder at the Malt Shop’

By on October 24, 2018

The cast of “Murder at the Malt Shop” includes (back table, left to right) Carly Gilbert, Riley Frey, Carlos Kohls, Jacob Huntington, Sanjay Samuel; (front, l-r) Frankie Kerwin, Erica Littlejohn, Rylie-Anne Martin and Eleonora Scutaru. (Photo by Missi Mortimer)


The Ephrata Intermediate and Middle School’s 528 Theatre will present “Murder at the Malt Shop” by Cheri L. Maxson, at the Ephrata Middle School auditorium on Nov. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m.

It’s the fabulous ‘50s and the little town of Shingleville is rife with suspicion and speculation. Sprout’s Malt Shop is filled with quirky characters, and one of them is guilty of murder! After all, they all have a motive when the reprehensible and unreasonable Jerry Atrick falls over dead after an unexpected blackout. It’s up to Sheriff Colin Allcars to find out who is responsible for the foul play. Was it the trouble-making greaser, Noah Count? Or the bubbly and annoying know-it-all cheerleader, Bobbie Pinz? Surely not her sidekick, Shirley Knott! Could it have been the waitress, Dee Lighted, who takes your order, but brings you whatever she feels like? How about the sultry starlet or the dim-witted jock? Order up!

The current cast consists of 21 students from grades 5 though 8 who rehearse every Monday through Thursday for two hours a day after school. Sixteen students are in support roles such as stage crew, lighting crew, sound crew, set painting and costume assistants.

This production is directed by Dan Clark, a retired EASD teacher; who is assisted by Mandy Ulrich, costumes; Sue Izydorczyk, set painting; Kimi Earl and Lily Montgomery, student co-directors; Lily Patterson, lighting crew mentor; and Marissa Shirk, sound board mentor.

Admission is cash only at the door. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for students and children.

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