Murder at the Prom

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January 26 was a normal night in the VHS cafeteria, except there was a prom there.  And everyone looked like they were from the 80’s.  And the school’s baseball star was murdered at the prom. 

OK, so it wasn’t quite a normal night.

What was actually going on was that the VHS Spotlight Players hosted their first ever Murder Mystery Dinner Theater event.  The night took you back to an 80’s prom, which was going on just as any normal prom would, until  the murder, of course, at which point the audience and cast spent the rest of the night looking for clues trying to figure out who did it.

Mr. Munoz and Mrs. Ma were faculty advisers for the event, which was masterminded by Thespian Society President Molly Ligon. 

“We have been discussing  the Murder Mystery Night since last year and it really started to look like it could become a reality this past September,” Molly explained.

The next step of making the idea into a reality was asking students to sign up to volunteer to help serve or decorate or sing, according to Mrs. Ma. 

When everyone finally signed up, and was assigned roles, they spent the next month meeting and rehearsing until the night arrived.

I thought the night was fun! It was something totally different for VHS to bring to the community,” said Mrs. Ma.  Also the cast members felt as though the night was a lot of fun.

Junior Aidan Callari said the night went “quite well. The audience liked it, and everyone in the cast seemed to have a good time. I’d say the night was a success!”  Other cast members felt it could have run a little smoother, like sophomore, Alison Zanders, who explained “I think it went well and people enjoyed it but as an actor I felt we could’ve been better prepared.”

While the night may not have been flawless, the Spotlight Players are excited that they’ve started a new tradition upon which they can improve each year.