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Writers, actors team for dinner theater premiere

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Junior Bella Martin (drunken Aunt Fiona) and sophomore Shannon Trageser (Detective Meyers) rehearse for the dinner theater production “Kiss the Bride” Oct. 6. The play opens Oct. 27 and runs until Oct. 29. Tickets are $20, pre-sale only.

Junior Bella Martin (drunken Aunt Fiona) and sophomore Shannon Trageser (Detective Meyers) rehearse for the dinner theater production “Kiss the Bride” Oct. 6. The play opens Oct. 27 and runs until Oct. 29. Tickets are $20, pre-sale only.

photo by audrey bartholomew

photo by audrey bartholomew

Junior Bella Martin (drunken Aunt Fiona) and sophomore Shannon Trageser (Detective Meyers) rehearse for the dinner theater production “Kiss the Bride” Oct. 6. The play opens Oct. 27 and runs until Oct. 29. Tickets are $20, pre-sale only.

Audrey Bartholomew, Staff writer

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Twice a week this summer, five members of Sequel, the school’s literary magazine, perched at the Cockeysville branch of the county library and set to work on their murder mystery. What they wrote became the script for the school’s first dinner theater production “Kiss the Bride,” set for Oct. 27 through Oct. 29.

Sequel literary editor Jason Fontelieu, who wrote with seniors Jen Medrano (another Sequel lit editor), Christina Panousos and Amanda Campoverde and junior Amanda Molino, said the project took more than 60 hours of work.

“Nothing that we’ve done in Sequel before has been near the caliber of what we did over the summer,” Fontelieu said.

The murder mystery genre presented a unique challenge, he said.

“We knew what was going to happen at the very beginning and the very end, but the middle to the end? We just didn’t know,” Fontelieu said.

The idea for two fall plays came late last year when theater director Tami Moon approached Sequel advisor Meekah Hopkins asking her class to create a murder mystery for this fall. Now Moon is running rehearsals for “Kiss the Bride” even as she leads a troupe preparing for “Pride and Prejudice,” the drama set to run Dec. 1 through Dec. 3.

Junior Bella Martin, who plays drunken Aunt Fiona, said rehearsals for the murder mystery – also a comedy – have been challenging because of limited access to the satellite cafeteria, which is used by other groups. Actors have been flexible, she said.

“We’ve been having to go there around 3:15 p.m.,” Martin said. “But that already cuts about an hour of rehearsal time.”

The actors are ready for the challenge of improvising with an interactive audience, she said. And the audience should be prepared to laugh.

“There are some times where I’m trying so hard not to break character because it’s just hilarious,” she said.

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