Wetmore High School to present murder mystery

Rehearsing a scene from the Wetmore High School production of “We’ll Be Right Back After This Murder” are hardened reporter Pamela Gadson (Alena Pfrang) and Detective Bogie Graham (Beau Henninger), while nosy lawyer Farrigut Blaine (Curtis Bloom) listens in.

Submitted by Jossie Shumaker WHS Student Correspondent

What do you get when a hard-boiled detective confronts a room full of despicable, sniping murder suspects? You get the premise of the zany comedy by playwright Pat Cook. “We’ll be Right Back After This Murder” will be presented by Wetmore High School at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6.

The show, directed by veteran teacher Linda Boyd, features nineteen students in the cast and five students on crew.

“This is unlike any play we’ve ever done,” Boyd said. “Every time our poor detective thinks he’s solved the murder, another relative of the deceased gets bumped off. The family featured in the show all hate each other, and it’s up to the police officers to set things right. One of the things I liked about this show is that the murder is solved with an interesting twist.”

The students on stage include Sophia Amon (Dorthella Hepplewhite), Jill Henry (Darnella Chippendale), Chanler Morfitt (Percy Hepplewhite), Ally Davis (Willow Hackhalter), Rob Ballenger (Max Hackhalter), Austin Smith (Durward Hackhalter), Alyssa Montgomery (Cherise Chippendale), Kevin Shumaker (Carlton Hepplewhite), Beau Henninger (Officer Bogie Graham), Alyssa Bloom (Officer Shirley), Reagan Osterhaus (Officer Beryl), Abby Shumaker (Officer Patsy), Jasmine Johnson (Fifi Myers), Alvana Crismas (Sophie), Curtis Bloom (Farrigut Blaine), Savannah Bryant (Luella Soames), Alena Pfrang (Pamela Gadsden) and Kyler Vance (Bobby Speck). Madison Boeckman, Ross Shumaker, Kael McQueen, McKayla Henry, and Shayla Ball fill in the crew.

Pre-sale tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and may be obtained by calling 785-866-2860. Tickets are $1 more at the door.

“I have some very talented actors on the stage for this show,” Boyd said. “I hope that everyone will come and see this play.”

Sophia Amon and Jill Henry rehearse a scene from Wetmore High School’s production, “We’ll Be Right Back After This Murder.”


Officer Patsy (Abby Shumaker, at far right) shows off the evidence she found to a nervous Officer Beryl (Reagan Osterhaus) and a disbelieving Officer Shirley (Alyssa Bloom) in Wetmore High School’s spring play, “We’ll Be Right Back After This Murder.”


Cherise (Alyssa Montgomery) tests the patience of her sister Barbaretta (Lauryn Scott) in Wetmore High School’s spring play, “We’ll Be Right Back After This Murder.”

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