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"Murder by the Book" to be presented at Concordia

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
Concordia students will perform the comedic mystery “Murder by the Book” the weekend of Feb. 26–28, 2016, on campus.
Concordia students will perform the comedic mystery “Murder by the Book” the weekend of Feb. 26–28, 2016, on campus.

Students of Concordia will perform Craig Sodaro’s “Murder by the Book” Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. Each of the performances will be presented in the Black Box Studio Theatre in the lower level of the Music Building on campus.

 The production is formed as a comedic mystery in which a secret society of literary critics gets together annually to select the best and worst mysteries of the year. In order to protect their identities from each other, they disguise themselves as famous authors. An anonymous threat is made, someone gets murdered and the plot unfolds from there.

 “The students are working hard to honor these authors while adding their own personal touch to the role,” said Associate Professor of Communications and Theatre Bryan Moore. “We are excited to share this story with our audiences.”

 Tickets are $5 for the community and $3 for Concordia students, faculty and staff.

 Students contributing to the performance include (alphabetical by state, city, last name):

Collin Christiansen, senior, Palmer, Alaska, playing the role of Arthur Conan Doyle

Joseph Pierson, junior, Van Buren, Ark., helping with scenery

Benjamin Leeper, junior, Falcon, Colo., playing the role of Edgar Allan Poe

Allison Caudle, junior, Greeley, Colo., helping with light design

Brianna Bossle, junior, Coral Springs, Fla., playing the role of Mary Shelley

Kaleb Busche, PB, Fort Wayne, Ind., helping with costumes

Emily Fehn, sophomore, Freeland, Mich., serving as the stage manager

Libby Klein, junior, Northfield, Minn., serving as the assistant director

Mason Koeritz, senior, Northrop, Minn., playing the role of William Shakespeare

Cadence Klemp, sophomore, Winona, Minn., playing the role of Emily Dickinson

Emily Kollbaum, junior, Concordia, Mo., playing the role of Charlotte Bronte           

Delaney Sommers, senior, Grain Valley, Mo., serving as an assistant stage manager

Meghan Woodruff, sophomore, High Ridge, Mo., helping with costumes

Erin Rowland, freshman, St. Peters, Mo., helping with costumes

Chris Genszler, sophomore, St. Louis, Mo., helping with scenery

Andrea Wiese, sophomore, Ashland, Neb., playing the role of Violia Danglon

Chelsea Irwin, freshman, Lincoln, Neb., serving as an assistant stage manager

Elyssia Finch, senior, Omaha, Neb., playing the role of Agatha Christie

Joshua Brumm, freshman, Seward, Neb., playing the role of Mark Twain

Madeline Luehr, freshman, Wood River, Neb., playing the role of Louisa Mae Alcott

 Additional contributors:

Alexa Kirchgasler, Concordia’s costume shop technician/supervisor, is assisting with costume design

Bryan Moore, Concordia’s associate professor of communications and theatre, serving as the director

Robert Olson, community member helping with set design

 About Concordia University, Nebraska

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,600 students. Concordia offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit