Baker High presents 'Curtains' this weekend

After several months of rehearsals, Baker students are ready to bring "Curtains" to Baldwinsville this weekend.

Set in 1959 Boston, "Curtains" is a murder mystery. After the leading lady of a Broadway-bound musical dies onstage during her curtain call, the cast and crew of the musical all become suspects in her death. It's up to a theater-loving detective investigating the death to solve the crime and save the show.

"The cast is very excited to be performing the Syracuse area debut of Curtains," said Bonni Lynn Nelson, the show's producer.

Curtains is the third show Nelson has produced at Baker High School. Other shows include "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Beauty and The Beast."

"I got involved with the shows in 1999 as a parent volunteer," Nelson said, adding she was hired as stage manager in 2001 and as producer in 2007.

Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, who also brought "Chicago" and "Cabaret" to theater, "Curtains" has elements of comedy, sarcasm and pure ridiculousness, Nelson said.

"This is sure to be a musical that will lead you to walk away with toes tapping and a grin on your face," she said.

With 53 cast members and 13 crewmembers, the show's leads include Ryan Sparkes as Lt. Frank Cioffi, Marissa McLean as Carmen Bernstein, Ali Niemiec as Niki Harris and Ashley Squairs as Georgia Hendricks. Colin Keating is the executive producer, director and musical director of the show and Cathy Strong is the choreographer.

"This performance marks the Syracuse-area premier of 'Curtains,'" Nelson said. "We hope that as you watch the performance, you will take pride in the students and community of Baldwinsville for their dedication to great theater for our young people."

Baker High School will present the musical "Curtains" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5 and at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. For tickets, call the box office at 638-6039 or purchase tickets at the door. Ticket prices are $8, $10 and $12. The school is located at 29 E. Oneida St. in the village of Baldwinsville.

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