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A case of whodunit in ‘Something’s Afoot’

The cast 'Something's Afoot' includes (upstairs from left) Nicci Carroll Chris King EmersCaress Greg GraftBrandSmelko (front row from left) LindSlankard

The cast of "Something's Afoot" includes (upstairs, from left) Nicci Carroll, Chris King, Emerson Caress, Greg Grafton, Brandon Smelko (front row, from left) Linda Slankard, Dr. Alan Smith, Shannon Jones, Jacob Gardner and Lynette Este. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 19, 2013 1:16PM



L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group will present the musical mystery comedy “Something’s Afoot” from Jan. 20 through Feb. 3 at Great Oaks in Cedar Lake.

A send-up of Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians,” “Something’s Afoot” features the expected butler, maid and caretaker at an island mansion that has become the scene of the crime and comedy ensues as the whodunit unfolds.

Directed by Paul and Angie Lowe, the cast includes Emerson Caress, Nicci Carroll, Chris King, Lynette Estes, Shannon Jones, Linda Slankard, Greg Grafton, Alan Smith, Brandon Smelko and Jacob Gardener.

Great Oaks is located at 13109 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake. Dinner packages are available. Call 365-3197 or 374-8000 for reservations or more information.

‘Pirates of Penzance’

Hammond’s Genesius Guild has announced the cast of its upcoming production of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic “The Pirates of Penzance.”

Directed by David Long, with musical direction by Jim Mollin, the cast includes Justin Treasure, Mary Herrod, Jeff DeBoer, Larry Hinken, Leslie Evans, David Long, Kevin Sherman, Kassidy Norman, Maggie Reister, Phillip Culbertson, Pat Pohrte, Charlie Remmers, Dale Downs, Martin Downs, Ezra Edwards, Harry Ogrentz, Kate-Lynn Edwards, Shannon Hayes, Kristi Peterson, Lisa Remmers, Katie Solina and Mary Lou Zygmunt.

This script is a fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas. The updated version premiered in Central Park in 1980, leading to a subsequent Broadway run starring Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt.

Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened in 1879, “The Pirates of Penzance” spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling police officers, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric major general, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.

Among the many wonderful tunes from the show are “With Catlike Tread,” “I Am a Pirate King” and “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.”

“The Pirates of Penzance” runs from Feb. 23 through March 10 at First United Methodist Church, 6635 Hohman Ave., Hammond. Call (877) 724-7715 for more information.

‘Judgment’ at Crown Point

The Crown Point Community Theatre production of “Judgment at Nuremberg” opens this weekend at the historic Lake County Courthouse on the square in Crown Point.

Set three years after the most important Nazi leaders had already been tried for crimes against humanity, “Judgment at Nuremberg” focuses on a trial of four German judges for their actions during the Nazi regime.

Judge Dan Haywood, the chief justice in the case, attempts to understand how such atrocities could happen in such a cultural country and how the people could not have known about the Holocaust. Meanwhile, with the Cold War starting, many people just want the trials to end and to forget the past.

The play is based on the 1961 Oscar-winning film that starred Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland, Maximilian Shell, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster and William Shatner. This play is strongly recommended for mature audiences due to subject matter.

Directed by Rob Kranc, the cast features Wayne Puchkors, Andy Leahy, Marc Ryser, William Milhans, Tony Cortina, Laurie Reyna, Jordan Parsons, Tim McCarthy, Ed Griffith, Debbie Johansen, Amy Aurelio, Dutch Williams, Larry Hinken, Jerry Jaskoviak, mark Tobecksen, Roxann Poor, Scott Keene and Melanie Witham.

“Judgment at Nuremberg” runs through Jan. 27. Call 805-4255 for reservations or more information.



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